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.

  • Planning Criteria for Climate-just Cities (netWORKS4)

    Contributions of Urban Supply Systems to Climate Justice

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

  • Optimisation of Sewer Inspection and Rehabilitation Strategies (RELIABLE SEWER)

    Improving the reliability of current sewer deterioration modelling approaches

    Wastewater infrastructures including…

  • 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…

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

    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

  • Urban Stormwater Management and Sewage Systems (KURAS)

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

    The project KURAS aims at the…

  • Decentralised Treatment of Roadway Runoffs (DSWT)

    Analysis of the design, application and operation of selected decentralised storm water treatment units

    In consequence of the direct discharge of…

  • Asset Management Strategies for Sewer Systems (SEMA)

    Test of precision and sensitivity of sewer deterioration models using several configurations of input data

    Asset management is an increasing…

  • Evaluation of Electronic Noses for Sewer Odour Management (ODOCO-Artnose)

    Analysis and assessment of chemosensory measuring systems

    A decrease in specific water consumption causes a reduction in sewage…

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

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

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