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Institute of Hydro-Engineering, PAS


Name: Institute of Hydro-Engineering, PAS

Address: ul. Kościerska 7, 80-328 Gdańsk, Poland



Institute of Hydro-Engineering of Polish Academy of Sciences (IBW PAN) came into existence in 1953. The Institute was established due to needs of national water resources management and industry. Investigations were specially directed towards maritime and inland hydraulics as well as soil mechanics. he research works are carried out within following earth-related sciences: oceanology, hydrology, water resources management and geology. IBW PAN took a part in every important projects related to Polish water resources management. Nowadays, the scientific works are carried out within the structure of three departments: Department of Coastal Engineering and Dynamics, Department of Wave Mechanics and Structural Dynamics as well as Department of Geomechanics. IBW PAN belongs to the Department of Technical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences and is permitted for granting Ph.D. deegrees in the field of civil engineering and transport.

In the last 5 years (2015-2020) Institute has been involved in 9 projects financed by EU, 8 projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and over 50 commercial projects, both domestic and international.

Disciplines: civil engineering and transport

Fields of activity:

  • Wave mechanics; 
  • Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering;
  • Liquefaction of saturated soils;
  • Seabed mechanics.

Latest achievements:

Table 1 shows examples of commercial projects carried out by the IBW PAN in 2019 and 2020.

Tab. 1 Examples of commercial projects carried out by the IBW PAN in 2019 and 2020

Name/title of service

Scope of service (in short)

Evaluation report on the causes of uncontrolled transformation of the seabed and coastline near the village of Kuźnica

Identification of the causes of uncontrolled coastal erosion near the village Kuźnica.

Recommendations regarding the type and methods of hydro-engineering works to be implemented in the surveyed area.

Plans for beach nourishment along the Gdynia–Mosty section

Bathymetric and tacheometric measurements.

Assessment of oceanographic conditions (wind-generated waves, water currents and levels, sediment transport, coastline changes etc.) in the surveyed area.

A concept design of the coastal protection project using beach nourishment. 

Analysis of changes in the sediment transport after the construction of the External Port in Gdynia and the spread of suspended bottom sediments during the construction of the External Port in Gdynia in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Gdańsk (Puck Bay)

Assessment of oceanographic conditions (wind-generated waves, water currents and levels, sediment transport, coastline changes etc.) in the surveyed area.

Assessment of the planned investment impact on the amount of suspended matter in the pelagic zone and on the seashores with particular consideration of the Klif Orłowski (Orłowo Cliff) nature reserve.

Vistula River Estuary – Modelling – 2019–2020

Modelling of hydrodynamics and movement of sediments and processes of erosion and accumulation of sediments in the Vistula estuary section and on the seaward slope of the cone.

Optimization of the length of guiding breakwaters and the trench size.

Inclinometric measurements on the cliff in the village of Jastrzębia Góra

Expert opinion involving numerical modelling of landslide processes that occur within the cliff in Jastrzębia Góra.

Verification of "Feasibility study on comprehensive management of international waterways".

Advisory services in the field of inland hydraulic engineering and natural inland hydro-, morpho- and lithodynamic processes.

Evaluation report on the maritime navigation infrastructure on the Jamno Canal

Evaluation report and recommendations on the types of hydraulic infrastructure to be used in the Jamno Canal.

Assessment of the impact of the recommended structures on the seashore.


Research facilities:


Geomechancs laboratory

We have a standard Soil Mechanics Laboratory which enables classical investigations, and model tests in a small scale. It includes a Norwegian type triaxial apparatus, oedometers, direct shear apparatuses, stands with glass walls etc. (

Coastal Research laboratory

The Coastal Research Station (CRS) at Lubiatowo, located approx. 75 km NW from Gdańsk. It is equipped with both stationary and portable instruments enabling measurement of waves, currents, sediment transport, topography of beach and shore (bathymetric surveys using GPS technique) etc. (

Wave mechanics laboratory

The laboratory building is 70 m long, 5,5 m wide and 5,6 m high. The most important element of the laboratory is the wave flume. The flume is 64,1 m long, 0,6 m wide, and 1,4 m high (

Contact person:

Waldemar Świdziński, DSc
Director of the Institute
(+48 58) 522 29 46