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.

  • Anthropogenic Trace Organic Compounds and Pathogens in the Urban Water Cycle (ASKURIS)

    Evaluation, barriers and risk communication

    The climate change predictions for the Berlin-Brandenburg region for…

  • Oxidation Technologies and Managed Aquifer echarge (OXIMAR)

    Combined oxidation technologies and managed aquifer recharge (MAR)– Transferability and applicability for water reuse– Phase 1

    The demand for water with…

  • Nitrogen Limitation in Freshwaters (NITROLIMIT)

    Is nitrogen reduction ecologically meaningful and economically feasible?

    Most inland waters in Germany will not meet the good ecological status…

  • Cost and Energy Saving Processes for Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Steps (OXERAM-2)

    Optimisation of flocculation for tertiary filtration processes and evaluation of sustainability of tertiary wastewater treatment

  • Cost and Energy Saving Processes for Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Steps (Preparatory Phase: OXERAM-1)

    Optimization of flocculation for tertiary filtration processes and evaluation of sustainability of tertiary wastewater treatment

  • Mitigation of Contaminants in Rural and Semi-rural Environments to Protect Drinking Water Resources (AQUISAFE-2)

    Performance analysis of selected mitigation systems used to attenuate diffuse agriculatural pollution occurring during baseflow and high flow events from agricultural fields

  • Monitoring and Impact Assessment of Combined Sewer Overflows (MIA-CSO)

    Development of a management tool with regard to the conceptual and investment planning of the Berlin combined sewer system

    Among urban discharges the…

  • Pharmaceutical Residues in the Urban Water Cycle (IC Pharma)

    Comparison of locally detected concentrations with a range of international measurements and categorisation of pharmaceutical substances regarding their degradation potential on their pathway through the urban water cycle

  • Modeling and Impact Assessment of Combined Sewer Overflows (SAM-CSO)

    Analysis and simulation of pollutant and substance flows at combined sewer overflows and their impact on receiving waters by means of numerical modelling

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