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.

  • Advanced Urban Water Management to Efficiently Ensure Bathing Water Quality (iBathWater)

    Stormwater and combined sewer overflows are one of the main pollution sources with strong impact to the quality…

  • Technical Treatment of Groundwater Featuring Elevated Sulphate Levels (SULEMAN)

    Advanced options and limits of a resource and energy efficient drinking water management

    In recent times, rising sulphate…

  • Clear water from pharmaceuticals (CWPharma)

    Reducing pharmaceutical emissions into the Baltic Sea catchment

    Emissions of pharmaceutical residues into the aquatic environment from the catchment area of…

  • 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…

  • AquaNES – Combined Processes for Water Treatment Systems

    Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered treatment processes

    The AquaNES project will demonstrate the benefits of…

  • OEMP – Removal of Microplastics from the Water Cycle

    Optimised materials and methods for microplastic particle removal from the water cycle

    The OEMP project is dedicated to developing materials…

  • TestTools – Rapid Test Schemes for the Assessment of TrOC Removal from Wastewater

    Development and validation of rapid test schemes for the assessment of TrOC behaviour in technical and natural barriers in the urban water cycle

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

    Sustainable management of different types of water bodies in Germany

    Project Objectives The objective…

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