Research

Water is an essential basis for the existence of our ecosystems. The complexity of the natural and anthropogenic water balances still raises issues to be explored. To deal with problems such as water shortage or pollution, we have to understand how the mechanisms of water are working.

Because of the interdisciplinary structure of the Water Research Center and the strong coupling of the participating departments, we can offer the perfect base for solutions of unsolved issues. Research of single water related areas are done by different methods:

experimental work

  • physical models
  • laboratories and semi industrial plants
  • full-scale industrial plants

stochastic and numerical models

  • hydrology (precipitation)
  • hydrological systems
  • flow and transport
    • on flowing waters
    • on sewage
    • in porous materials
  • water habitats
  • sewage plants
  • insecurity analysis of cluster models

analytics and effect related tests

  • chemical and physical default parameters, heavy metals and organic trace substances
  • development and usage of microbiological sensor systems
  • determine hormonal effects of environmental probes by biological in-vitro tests
  • identification and isolation of microorganisms
  • exploration of degeneration processes
  • analytical quality assurance 

climate impact estimation

  • on precipitation
  • on settlements and technical water and sewage infrastructures
  • on surface water
  • on groundwater

management strategies

  • integrated water resource management
  • minimization of anthropogenic influences on the water cycle
  • hydropower and renaturalization of waters
  • technical infrastructures
  • exploitation of precipitation
  • material management

behavior and transport of materials (solids, nutrients, contaminates)

  • transport in canals
  • transport in running waters
  • transport in porous materials
  • sorption and transformation processes
  • material balance