Research Division

The department’s main missions are Research
to find ways to actively respond to present national issues related to water and the environment, as well as to research on ways to conserve land. The department mainly focuses on the sustainable and integrated water quantity/quality management, the minimization of damages caused by floods and droughts, water quality improvement and river restoration for the pleasant formation of territory, advanced water supply technology, wastewater reuse, and plant efficiencies. Belonging the department, River Experiment Center and Integrated Water Management Research Center endeavor to develop and to distribute technologies including ⓐriver management based on full-scale experiments, ⓑriver facility development using new materials, ⓒland conservation technologies such as water environment improvement and river rehabilitation, and ⓓcomprehensive water management. According to these efforts, the department are expected to contribute to the establishment and implementation of a national land conservation policy so that the country can successfully address climate change.


  • 01 River Experiment Center
  • 02 Integrated Water Management Research Center
  • 03 Urban Water Circulation Research Center

Main Research Fields (Operations)

  • Disaster response technologies based on advanced technologie
    • Urban flood management technologies using X-band radar Development of river hydraulic and river bed fluctuation analysis models
    • Advanced measuring and hydraulic measuring technologies through IT convergence
    • Development of policies and systems related to river basin planning, management, operation, etc.
    • Research on river inspections and verifications, design standards, and reducing flood damages
    • Research on coastal hydraulics, environments and disasters such as rip currents
    • Coastal and port structure hydraulic model tests
  • Living environment improvement technologies, such as advancing water supply and sewage technologies
    • Research on advanced purification, advanced sewage and waste water treatment, and recycling technologies
    • Research on technologies and policies related to water supply and sewage network planning, installation and operation
    • Research on low-impact development (LID), rainwater management and alternative water resource procurement technologies
    • Research on seawater desalination, environmental sensor development and monitoring technologies
    • Quality testing operations of the environmental precision analysis lab
  • Sustainable water resource and river management technology
    • Analysis of water resources and establishment of water resource plans
    • Research on dry season reservoir management, reduction of damages due to droughts, and development of alternative water resources
    • Development of national water resource policies and systems, analysis of economic feasibility for water resources, etc.
    • Research on information and efficiency of water resource management
    • Research on analysis and management of river valley sluices (quantity, quality)
    • Research on river valley circulation analysis and improvement
    • Research, etc. on analysis and management of groundwater characteristics
  • Environmental preservation technologies such as improvement of the water environment and restoration of rivers, etc.
    • Research on river restoration and conservation
    • Research on the establishment and evaluation of river environment plans
    • Research on controlling water current and improving water quality, such as rivers, lakes, etc.
    • Research on non-point pollution management and aquatic ecosystem restoration technologies
    • Empirical research on rivers and river ecosystems
    • Hydraulic/silt/organism interaction analysis research
    • Ecosystem river establishment technology standardization
  • Creation of new markets such as plant optimization, new materials and IT convergence
    • Research on wastes, waste resource collection, and waste-to-fuel plants
    • Research on policies and systems related to plants (standards, specifications, guidelines, etc.)
    • Development of plant process analysis, design, control and operation technologies, facilities and materials
    • Research on plant performance and integrity assessments
    • Development of renewable energy technologies in the area of water power, tidal power, and currents
    • Development of river structures such as embankments, shore protection, etc. using new materials
    • Development of advanced measuring sensors for floodgate and hydraulic characteristics such as rainfall, flow velocity and water depth, etc.