About Us

UC Davis J.Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL) was built by the California Department of Water Resources to perform hydraulic modeling studies for the California State Water Project in the 1960’s.

For over forty years, JAHL has been conducting hydraulic investigations through scaled and prototype models to provide modeling service to federal, state and local water agencies of California and private entities. Recent research includes engineering hydraulics, sediment transport, ecological and environmental hydraulics, and engineered fish protection for endangered and threatened species. For more on our collaborators in
ecohydraulics, visit https://fishconservationphysiologylab.faculty.ucdavis.edu/https://fanguelab.ucdavis.edu/

JAHL has both open outdoor and indoor space for physical hydraulic experiments. With a fully equipped machine shop and experienced technicians, we can construct and modify test apparatus with a high level of accuracy. Engineers in the JAHL have the experience to design and construct large-scale flumes in which to conduct a variety of flow experiments.
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Dr. M. Levent Kavvas has been honored by ASCE with inclusion in its 2019 class of Distinguished Members for his pioneering contributions to theoretical and practical aspects of hydrologic engineering and science.

Dr. Su-Hyung Jang (former researcher) and Prof. Kavvas’ paper “Downscaling Global Climate Simulations to Regional Scales: Statistical Downscaling versus Dynamical Downscaling” was awarded Best Technical Paper of 2016 by the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

Dr. Ercan and Prof. Kavvas’ article was selected as the featured article of the July 2015 issue of Chaos

Dr. Carr, Dr. Ercan and Prof. Kavvas’ article was selected as the research highlight of Journal of Hydraulic Engineering

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