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.

  • 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…

  • Phosphorus Potentials in the Berlin Region (P-Pot)

    Developing strategies for sustainable phosphorous use based on a regional material flow analysis

    It is a matter of fact that phosphorus is irreplaceable as a nutrient and basis of life, but it turns out that his perceived unlimited resource is in fact limited. Consequently, the sustainable use of phosphorus is increasingly being considered, both on an international and national level. In addition to research initiatives relating to phosphorus recovery methods, material flow analyses provide an important basis for the development of sustainable…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Sustainable Sewage Sludge Management Promoting Phosphorus Recycling and Energy Efficiency (P-REX)

    Systematic analysis of different approaches of technical phosphorus recycling

    Phosphorus is essential fo…

  • Treatment of Emerging Pollutants in Water and Wastewater (DEMEAU)

    Mobilisation of the experience with MAR-systems and evaluation of technologies for the removal of trace organic compounds by Life Cycle Assessment

  • Optimisation of Drinking Water Well Field Operation – Phase 2 (OPTIWELLS-2)

    Energy savings and quality control

    Against the background of increasing energy prices and climate change, energy…

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