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.

  • Removal of Microplastics from the Water Cycle (OEMP)

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

    The OEMP project is dedicated to developing materials and…

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

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

  • 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…

  • Eco-engineering for Advanced Treatment of WWTP Effluent (ECOTREAT)

    Compilation of existing information considering ecological and social aspects

    Effluent discharged by wastewater treatment plants…

  • 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…

  • Estate Drainage Schemes (GStEW)

    Survey on the legal framework linked with an analysis of the testing methods and restoration technologies applied in practice

    The production and leak testing of estate drainage schemes are subject to discussion in Berlin and throughout Germany. There is no consistency in practices and procedures with regard to official requirements for the leak testing and restoration of estate drainage schemes. In some cases, it is referred to DIN 1986-30. The project aims to get an overview on the legal frame conditions and the administrative procedures (deadlines, methods…

  • Comparison of Different Process Combinations or Tertiary Wastewater Treatment for the Reduction of Surface Water Stress (IST4R)

    Integration of trace organic removal schemes into concepts for tertiary treatment

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