Professor Damien Pham Van Bang is specialized in coastal engineering and works on coastal erosion and flooding risks that can be exacerbated by climate changes, mean sea level rise and violent meteorological storms. His work uses geomatic information (bathymetry and topometry), as the flows depend on the geometry of the study sites, but also hydroclimatic (tide, wave, current, atmospheric circulation) and geosedimentological information. Coastal erosion, induced or not by storms, retroactively modifies the relief, which may explain the differences in the surveys from one year to another.

Professor Pham Van Bang’s work at INRS combines the three approaches of the Engineer: hydrodynamic and sediment field surveys with flow and erosion measurements, physical modelling based on similarity laws in large wave channel tests and scaled-down models, and also mathematical modelling solving the equations of fluid, soil, and structural mechanics. He applies these different approaches to coastal, port, marine, lake and river engineering studies.

In August 2024, he will be responsible for the organization of the 8th International Conference on Estuaries and Coasts (ICEC) which will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre. This event, which will bring together approximately 300 specialists, is co-organized by the Centre Eau Terre Environnement of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique and the Water Resources Lab of Clarkson University (USA).