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.

  • 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…

  • Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Wells – Phase 2 (WELLMA-2)

    Optimisation of performance and water quality

    The capacity of drinking water wells, i.e. the yield for a given drawdown, is…

  • Oxidation and Infiltration for Optimised Substance Removal (OXIRED-1)

    Optimisation of organic compound removal in artificial recharge systems by redox control and enhanced oxidation – Phase 1

    Underground passage as utilised…

  • 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

  • Monitoring of Combined Sewer Overflows (MONITOR)

    Supporting the integrated water resources management in urban areas

    Increasingly, in urban water resource management the consideration of stormwater impacts on water resources gains in importance. Among stormwater discharges the impact from combined sewer overflows (CSO) plays a prominent role. The dynamic character of the discharge events lead to particular stress on the water bodies. The project MONITOR-1 covers the preparation of a concept for combined sewer overflow (CSO) monitoring in Berlin. The monitoring itself shall be conducted from…

  • Operation and Maintenance of Drinking Water Wells – Phase 1 (WELLMA-1)

    Optimisation of performance and water quality

    The capacity of drinking water wells, that is the yield for a given drawdown,…

  • Natural Buffer Zones for the Protection of Drinking Water Resources (AQUISAFE-1)

    Mitigation of contaminants in rural and semi-rural environments to protect drinking water resources

    If surface water (from streams,…

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