Dr. Hung Tao Shen is the Distinguished Research Professor in Hydraulic Engineering and Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University. Professor Shen is an internationally recognized researcher in cold regions hydraulics. He introduced an analytical framework for studying river ice processes and developed the transport capacity theory for frazil ice jams/hanging dams and the theory on river ice dynamics and ice jams. His research group has developed comprehensive computer models for river processes, including thermal-ice and sediment transport, which today are a key cornerstone of the river ice field.

Professor Shen is a recipient of many prestigious national and international awards, including the IAHR Ice Research and Engineering Award; the Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award, the Harold R. Peyton Cold Regions Engineering Award, and the CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award, all from the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE); and the Bernard Michel Award, and the Larry Gerard Medal from the CRIPE Committee of the Canadian Geophysical Union.

Progress on River Ice Research

Hung Tao Shen

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5710, USA 


River ice has progressed to become a matured field in hydraulic engineering, with research advancements in the fifty-plus years since the first Ice Symposium in Reykjavik. This lecture will review new developments in river ice research in the last two decades, including topics on freeze-up, cover breakup and ice jam flooding, and sediment transport and channel morphology. Issues that have not been satisfactorily resolved or need reexamining will be discussed.

Keywords: River Ice; Freeze-up; Anchor ice; Breakup; Ice jam flooding; Sediment and channel morphology