Stan Thorez
Tel.: +43-1-58801-22232

Research Unit of Hydraulic Engineering,
Technical University Vienna,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

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Stan Thorez


Research Interests


•    Turbidity currents
•    Vortex dynamics
•    Sediment transport
•    Remote sensing
•    Geophysical fluid dynamics


Stan’s main research interests lie in the field of geophysical fluid dynamics, particularly in the behavior of vortices, gravity currents and waves in large scale basins. His PhD research focusses on the dynamics of plunging riverine inflows in lakes and reservoirs. To this end, he performed a combination of in-situ ADCP measurements and remote-sensing imaging techniques at the Rhône River inflow in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, uncovering the most important flow and mixing processes involved in the plunging of that inflow over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.


Key Facts


Stan obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Hasselt University (UH), Belgium. He then completed a master’s degree in Applied Physics with a focus on geophysical fluid dynamics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands with a thesis on the simulation of Kelvin waves along non-uniform coastlines, both computationally and in the lab. Following internships at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), both focusing on developing a computational model for the prediction of turbidity current intrusion depth, he started his present doctoral studies at the Technical University Wien. The research topic of his PhD is the field characterization of the plunging inflow of the Rhône River into Lake Geneva.