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David Hurther

David Hurther

Research Director
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Physics of sediment transport in coastal nearshore and river flows

Cross-shore sediment transport during storms and hurricanes may control the long-term coastal erosion and shoreline recession with dramatic irreversible consequences on our natural and urbanized nearshore environment. To assess the impact of such climatic extreme events on coastal and river erosion, reliable sediment transport models are urgently needed to improve our quantitative prediction ability of the shoreline evolution.

In this context, I am studying the physics of sediment transport under the action of coastal waves and currents by combining theoretical flow concepts and models with process oriented experiments conducted in large-scale hydrodynamic facilities at LEGI (wave flume and open-channel) and of the european Hydralab consortium (UPC-CIEM wave flume, U. Hannover-GWK wave flume, U-tube at DELTARES).

Bottom Boundary Layer flow & sediment transport processes
- Turbulence in mobile sediment bed flows (bed friction & wave breaking processes)
- Turbulence-particle interactions (suspension & bedload processes)
- Turbulence-Bedform interactions (dune & ripple migration processes)

The lack of High-Resolution flow instrumentation adapted to the investigation of Bottom Boundary Layer sediment transport processes is at the origin of my complementary research activity on:

Advanced acoustic flow instrumentation
- Acoustic Doppler Velocity Profiler (ADVP technology)
- Multi-frequency Acoustic Backscattering Systems (ABS technology)
- Acoustic Concentration & Velocity Profiler (ACVP technology)

These research activities are conducted with the technical support of the Instrumentation and Experiment Support services of LEGI within national (SANTOSS, SINBAD, ECORS, INSU) and european research projects (Hydralab III & IV) with the following partners:

- IRSTEA, France (J. Le Coz, A. Paquier)
- IMFT, France (O. Eiff, F. Moulin)
- U. Twente, The Netherlands (J.S. Ribberink, S. Hulscher)
- U. of Aberdeen, UK (T. O’Donoghue, D. van der A)
- National Oceanography Center, NERC, United Kingdom (P.D. Thorne)
- U. Polytecnica de Catalunya, Spain (A. Sanchez-Arcilla, I. Caceres)
- U. of Dalhousie, Canada (A. Hay)
- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (U. Lemmin)
- Aviolat Electronics, Switzerland (P. Aviolat)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



Naqshband, S., Hurther, D., Giri, S., Bradley, R., Kostaschuk, R., Venditti, J., et al. (2021). The Influence of Slipface Angle on Fluvial Dune Growth. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 126(4).
Thorne, P., Lichtman, I., & Hurther, D. (2021). Acoustic scattering characteristics and inversions for suspended concentration and particle size above mixed sand and mud beds. Continental Shelf Research, 214, 104320.


Fromant, G., & Hurther, D. (2020). HYDRAC, a novel hydroacoustic inversion software for Suspended Particulate Matter measurements. In River Flows 2020. Delft, Netherlands.
Guta, H., Hurther, D., & Chauchat, J. (2020). Turbulent sediment transport processes in energetic sediment-laden open-channel flows varying from clear water, non-capacity to full transport capacity conditions. In River Flows Proceedings 2020. Delft, Netherlands.


Fromant, G., Hurther, D., Van Der Zanden, J., Van Der A, D. A., Cáceres, I., O’donoghue, T., et al. (2019). Wave Boundary Layer Hydrodynamics and Sheet Flow Properties under Large-Scale Plunging-Type Breaking Waves. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 124(1), 75–98.


Chauchat, J., Cheng, Z., Revil-Baudard, T., Bonamy, C., Hsu, T. - J., & Hurther, D. (2018). Investigation of turbulent sheet flows under unidirectional flow forcing. In 8th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics. NOTRE-DAME, IN, United States.
Fromant, G., Mieras, R. S., Revil-Baudard, T., Puleo, J. A., Hurther, D., & Chauchat, J. (2018). On Bedload and Suspended Load Measurement Performances in Sheet Flows Using Acoustic and Conductivity Profilers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 123(10), 2546–2562.
Thorne, P. D., Hurther, D., Cooke, R. D., Cáceres, I., Barraud, P. - A., & Sánchez-Arcilla, A. (2018). Developments in acoustics for studying wave-driven boundary layer flow and sediment dynamics over rippled sand-beds. Continental Shelf Research, 166, 119–137.
Van Der Zanden, J., Van Der A, D. A., Cáceres, I., Hurther, D., Mclelland, S. J., Ribberink, J. S., et al. (2018). Near-Bed Turbulent Kinetic Energy Budget Under a Large-Scale Plunging Breaking Wave Over a Fixed Bar. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 123(2), 1429–1456.


Naqshband, S., Hoitink, A. J. F., Mcelroy, B., Hurther, D., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2017). A Sharp View on River Dune Transition to Upper Stage Plane Bed. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(22), 11–437.
Revil-Baudard, T., Chauchat, J., Hurther, D., Hsu, T. - J., & Cheng, Z. (2017). Experimental and numerical analysis of turbulence/mobile-bed interactions. In EGU 2017. VIENNE, Austria.
Van Der A, D. A., Van Der Zanden, J., O’donoghue, T., Hurther, D., Cáceres, I., Mclelland, S. J., et al. (2017). Large-scale laboratory study of breaking wave hydrodynamics over a fixed bar. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 122(4), 3287–3310.
Van Der Zanden, J., Van Der A, D. A., Hurther, D., Cáceres, I., O’donoghue, T., Hulscher, S. J. M. H., et al. (2017). Bedload and suspended load contributions to breaker bar morphodynamics. Coastal Engineering, 129, 74–92.
Van Der Zanden, J., Van Der A, D. A., Hurther, D., Cáceres, I., O’donoghue, T., & Ribberink, J. S. (2017). Suspended sediment transport around a large-scale laboratory breaker bar. Coastal Engineering, 125, 51–69.


Cheng, Z., Hsu, T. - J., Revil-Baudard, T., Chauchat, J., & Hurther, D. (2016). A large eddy simulation Eulerian two-phase model for sheet flow sediment transport. In THESIS 2016, TWO-PHASE MODELLING FOR SEDIMENT DYNAMICS IN GEOPHYSICAL FLOWS. TOKYO, Japan.
Revil-Baudard, T., Chauchat, J., Hurther, D., & Eiff, O. (2016). Turbulence modifications induced by the bed mobility in intense sediment-laden flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 808, 469–484.
Van Der Zanden, J., Van Der A, D. A., Hurther, D., Cáceres, I., O’donoghue, T., & Ribberink, J. S. (2016). Near-bed hydrodynamics and turbulence below a large-scale plunging breaking wave over a mobile barred bed profile. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 121(8), 6482–6506.


Chauchat, J., Revil-Baudard, T., & Hurther, D. (2015). AN IMPROVED TWO-PHASE FLOW MODEL FOR STEADY UNIFORM SHEET-FLOW BASED ON DENSEGRANULAR FLOW RHEOLOGY. In IAHR worls congress. La Haye, Netherlands.
Revil-Baudard, T., Chauchat, J., Hurther, D., & Barraud, P. - A. (2015). Investigation of sheet-flow processes based on novel acoustic high-resolution velocity and concentration measurements. Journal of Fluid Mechanics Digital Archive, 767, 1–30.


Chassagneux, F. - X., & Hurther, D. (2014). Wave bottom boundary layer processes below irregular surfzone breaking waves with light-weight sheet flow particle transport. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 119.
Chauchat, J., Revil-Baudard, T., & Hurther, D. (2014). Two-Phase Flow Modelling Perspectives Based on Novel High-Resolution Acoustic Measurements of Uniform Steady Sheet-Flow.
Naqshband, S., Ribberink, J. S., Hurther, D., Barraud, P. - A., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2014). Experimental evidence for turbulent sediment flux constituting a large portion of total sediment flux along migrating sand dunes. Geophysical Research Letters, .
Naqshband, S., Ribberink, J. S., Hurther, D., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2014). Bed load and suspended load contributions to migrating sand dunes in equilibrium. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 119.
Revil-Baudard, T., Chauchat, J., Hurther, D., & Barthélemy, E. (2014). Experimental study of sheet flow regime of sediment transport in a laboratory flume. In River Flow 2014. LAUSANNE, Switzerland.
Thorne, P. D., & Hurther, D. (2014). An overview on the use of backscattered sound for measuring suspended particle size and concentration profiles in non-cohesive inorganic sediment transport studies. Continental Shelf Research, 73, 97–118.


Moore, S. A., Le Coz, J., & Hurther, D. (2013). Using multi-frequency acoustic attenuation to monitor grain size and concentration of suspended sediment in rivers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(4), 1959–1970.


Moore, S. A., Le Coz, J., & Hurther, D. (2012). On the application of horizontal ADCPs to suspended sediment transport surveys in rivers. Continental Shelf Research, 46, 50–63.


Hurther, D., & Thorne, P. D. (2011). Suspension and near-bed load sediment transport processes above a migrating, sand-rippled bed under shoaling waves. Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans, 116, 07001.
Hurther, D., Thorne, P. D., Bricault, M., Lemmin, U., & Barnoud, J. - M. (2011). A multi-frequency Acoustic Concentration and Velocity Profiler (ACVP) for boundary layer measurements of fine-scale flow and sediment transport processes. Coastal Engineering, 58, 594–605.
Mignot, E., Hurther, D., & Barthélemy, E. (2011). Discussion of ”Double-averaging turbulence characteristics in flows over a gravel bed”. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 49(5), 703–705.
Mignot, E., Hurther, D., Chassagneux, F. - X., & Barnoud, J. - M. (2011). A field study of the ripple vortex shedding process in the shoaling zone of a macro-tidal sandy beach. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 1776–1780.
Sottolichio, A., Hurther, D., Gratiot, N., & Bretel, P. (2011). Acoustic turbulence measurements of near-bed suspended sediment dynamics in highly turbid waters of a macrotidal estuary. Continental Shelf Research, 31(10), 36.
Thorne, P. D., Hurther, D., & Moate, B. (2011). Acoustic inversions for measuring boundary layer suspended sediment processes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(3), 1188–1200.


Guizien, K., Charles, F., Hurther, D., & Michallet, H. (2010). Spatial redistribution of Ditrupa arietina (soft bottom Mediterranean epifauna) during a moderate swell event. Continental Shelf Research, 30, 239–251.


Mignot, E., Barthélemy, E., & Hurther, D. (2009). Double-averaging analysis and local flow characterization of near-bed turbulence in gravel-bed channel flows. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 618, 279–303.
Mignot, E., Hurther, D., & Barthélemy, E. (2009). On the structure of shear stress and Turbulent Kinetic Energy (TKE) across the roughness layer of a gravel-bed channel. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, .


Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2008). Improved Turbulence Profiling with Field-Adapted Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters Using a Bifrequency Doppler Noise Suppression Method. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 25(3), 452–463.
Mignot, E., Barthélemy, E., & Hurther, D. (2008). Turbulent kinetic energy budget in a gravel-bed channel flow. Acta Geophysica, 56(3), 601–613.
Ruessink, B. G., Michallet, H., Hurther, D., & Silva, P. A. (2008). Observations of intra-wave suspended sediment transport under acceleration-skewed oscillatory flow. In AGU Fall Meeting (pp. 89–53). San Francisco, United States.


Douroudian, B., Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2007). Discussion of “Turbulence Measurements with Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters” by Carlos M. García, Mariano I. Cantero, Yarko Niño, and Marcelo H. García. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 133(11), 1062–1073.
Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2007). Multistatic acoustic Doppler profilers for fine-scale studies of velocity and particle flux processes. In 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on ”Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies & Results” (pp. 1027–1034). Heraklion, Greece.
Hurther, D., Lemmin, U., & Terray, E. A. (2007). Turbulent transport in the outer region of rough wall open-channel flows: the contribution of Large Coherent Shear Stress Structures (LC3S). Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 574, 465–493.
Hurther, D., Michallet, H., & Gondran, X. (2007). Turbulent measurements in the surf zone suspension. Journal of Coastal Research, 50, 297–301.


Hurther, D., Bricault, M., Calluaud, D., & Michallet, H. (2006). Techniques nouvelles de mesure acoustique de flux d’érosion. In Colloque Développements récents de la recherche en environnement côtier. Nantes, France.
Michallet, H., Hurther, D., & Bricault, M. (2006). Fine sediment stratification in a mixing box. In 6th International Symposium on Stratified Flows (pp. 428–433). Perth, Australia: G.N. Ivey (Ed.).


Raynaud, O., Dupuis, H., Hurther, D., Bonneton, P., Sénéchal, N., & Chapalain, G. (2005). Turbulence in the surf zone using two acoustic Doppler velocimeters. In Proc. Coastal dynamics 05. Barcelona, Spain.
Sottolichio, A., Bretel, P., Hurther, D., Michallet, H., & Gratiot, N. (2005). Turbulence measurements in fluid mud layers of a macrotidal estuary. In Conference on Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas. Nantes, France.


Hurther, D., Terray, E. A., & Lemmin, U. (2004). Dynamics of shear layers induced by hairpin packets in shallow free-surface flows: implications for gas transfer. In Shallow Flows (pp. 333–436).


Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2002). A high-resolution 3-D acoustic Doppler profiling current Meter/Sediment Flux Profiler and its use in Laboratory and environmental studies. In EWRI and IAHR joint conference, Hydraulic measurement and Experimental methods Estes Park. Colorado, United States.
Hurther, D., Fischer, S., Schwaller, B., & Schmitt, P. (2002). Procédé et dispositif de mesure des vitesses de liquides dans des conduites et canaux. France.


Hurther, D. (2001). Sediment transport assessment in suspension flow based on coherent structures characteristics. In 29 th International Congress of the Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research. Pékin, China.
Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2001). Discussion of “Equilibrium Near-Bed Concentration of Suspended Sediment” by Z. Cao. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 127(5), 333–436.
Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2001). Particle transport capacity of turbulent coherent structures in suspension flows. In Euromech workshop 428. Torino, Italy.
Hurther, D., & Lemmin, U. (2001). Shear stress statistics and wall similarity analysis in turbulent boundary layers using a high resolution 3D ADVP. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 25(4), 446–457.
Hurther, D., Lemmin, U., & Branckaert, K. (2001). A field study of transport and mixing in a river using an acoustic Doppler velocity profiler. In International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, IAHR. Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium.