Short Presentation of the Project

photoThe course project is based several issues located on the downstream part of the Kum (Geum) river.

The downstream part of the Kum river was part of the 4 Rivers Restoration Project developped recently. More details on this multi pupose project could be found here.

The participants have to analyse hydrological, hydraulic and water quality questions in various locations.

The data files for the case study are stored in the Data section.

About the Kum / Geum river

imgThe Kum (or Geum) River is located in South Korea. It is a major river that originates in Jangsu-eup, North Jeolla Province. It flows northward through North Jeolla and North Chungcheong Provinces and then changes direction in the vicinity of Greater Daejeon and flows southwest through South Chungcheong Province before emptying into the Yellow Seanear Gunsan city. The river is 401 kilometres (249 mi) long, making it the third longest in South Korea. The area of the Geum River Basin is 9,859 square kilometres (3,807 sq mi). The upper part of the river flows slowly through part of the Noryeong Mountains and is marked by extensive stream meandering. On the other hand, river curves on middle and lower parts of the river are more gradual and there is comparatively less stream meandering.Tributary streams of the Geum include the Gap-cheon, Yugu-cheon, Miho-cheon, Unsan-cheon, Seokseong-cheon, and Nonsan-cheon. Several small alluvial plains including the Honam and Nonsan Plain have been formed by the flow of the Geum and its tributaries. 

The river-mouth weir of Geum River prevents the tidal backflow of Geum River and preserves abundant food to create a heavenly habitat for birds at the river-mouth of Geum River. It is recognized as Korea's best migratory birds' habitat as variety of species including worldly rare species fly in to form a new tourists' attraction.

The 1,841m-long river-mouth bank of Geun River that was completed in 1990 has 20 locks and has the capacity to hold 1.3million tons of water. Built to control the flooding of Geum River and to supply the industrial water for 3,267acre-wide industrial complex, the 4-lane road on the bank became the road of collaboration for Junbuk and Chungnam.

When viewed down from an airplane, the energetically meandering Geum River flowing between Chungcheonnam and Jeollabuk Province can be seen. The water becomes yellowish when it finally reaches Gunsan reminding you of the meaning of "Muddy Stream," a novel by Sir Man-Sik Baek. In the road for fish made for the species moving up and down the sea and freshwater, the trout as big as an adult's arm jump in and out of the water; and in winter, several ten thousand swans and various rare migratory birds move to the long and broad 3,620ha-wide Geumgang Lake to display magnificent views. Therefore, it became one of Korea's renowned markets and the surroundings of the river-mouth bank are preserved as a natural ecology park.

Since 1990 a Flood Control Office has been established and provide forecast. More details on the office could be found here.


2013: Face to face activities in Incheon

HydroAsia 2013

The face to face activities was held in Incheon, Korea, from 21st to 27th of August!

Please visit the Workspace 2013 to see more on the activities of the different teams!