Research Projects

Our research activities focus on key issues of sustainable management of water resources. Our activities contribute to improving the quality of life in cities.

The unit “Urban Systems” bundles all topics relating to the management of stormwater, wastewater and urban sewers. The “Process Innovation” unit addresses technical issues in the field of water and wastewater treatment. The unit “Groundwater” focuses to natural water treatment systems and well management.

Our projects are closely linked with topics which are relevant for the future and are particularly important for the development of Smart City Concepts: Energy efficiency, climate resilience, infrastructure, surface water protection, resources and digitisation. This way we help to integrate water as an essential component of public services into Smart City concepts.

Projects with start ealier than 2007 are available in the project-archive.

  • Implementation of Sponge City Concepts in China (KEYS)

    Smart Technologies for Sustainable Water Management in Urban Areas as Key Contribution to Sponge Cities

    In cooperation with partners from China,…

  • Hydraulics of Artificial Groundwater Recharge under Changing Climatic Conditions in Berlin (HYDRA)

    Investigation of climate change effects on artificial groundwater recharge

    HYDRA investigates possible…

  • Construction and Renovation as a Source of Pollution (UFOPLAN BaSaR)

    Guidance for legal regulation and stakeholders

    Despite good water monitoring, there is only little knowledge about which pollutants…

  • netWORKS4 – Planning Criteria for Climate-just Cities

    Contributions of Urban Supply Systems to Climate Justice

    The design of a climate just city requires an integrated urban development and…

  • Hygienically Relevant Microorganisms and Pathogens in Multifunctional Water Bodies and Hydrologic Circles (FLUSSHYGIENE)

    Sustainable management of different types of water bodies in Germany

    Project Objectives The objective…

  • OgRe – Relevance of Trace Organic Substances in Berlin’s Stomwater Runoff

    Supporting Berlin's strategy related to the reduction of trace organic contaminants by describing a first set of locally relevant substances occurring in stormwater runoff and estimating their annual loads

  • KURAS – Urban Stormwater Management and Sewage Systems

    Development of guidelines for municipalities and the operators of sewer networks featuring low downhill gradients

    The project KURAS aims at t…

  • PREPARED – Adaptation of Water Supply and Sanitation Systems to Cope with Climate Change

    Development of a decision support system for planning purposes in urban areas and adapted models for impact based CSO control