We deeply regret to report that Professor Michael Abbott sadly passed away in Brussels, on 19 December 2019, at the age of 88.

Michael Abbott was a visionary figure, educator, engineer, mathematician, thinker, and philosopher, co-creator of computational hydraulics, and creator of Hydroinformatics. He was always ahead of his time; his book on Computational Hydraulics in the early 1980s ushered in the new era of numerical modelling of free surface flow problems in hydraulic research and engineering. His lectures and work on Hydroinformatics have now become an everyday discipline within the water industry, with big data and computational modelling providing everyday tools to manage water systems in countries throughout the world. He inspired a generation of students, with his captivating teaching. Very many of those students today hold high positions in their country of birth, or new country of domicile. In recent times he introduced water...

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