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Interfaces in urban watersheds

  • Common aim: We aim at a fundamental understanding of ecohydrological fluxes at the atmosphere – vegetation – water – soil – land/surface interfaces and pollutant export from urban landscapes to urban waters as a key for solving major problems of metropolitan areas such as drinking water supply in sufficient quality and quantity or urban heat.
  • Key processes: evapotranspiration, groundwater recharge, surface runoff, infiltration, first-flush contaminations.
  • Common approaches: ecohydrological modelling, integration of field measurement into ecohydrological models, remote sensing, upscaling catchment/city scale.
  • Collaboration: W1 has close collaboration with W3 (remote sensing for vegetation and urban waters) and with Prof. Chris Soulsby, University of Aberdeen + TUB (expert in tracer-aided ecohydrological modelling at different spatial scales, isotope analysis laboratory, Einstein Visiting Fellow). W2 has close collaboration with Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann, TUB (high-resolution rainfall-runoff /first flush pollution modelling), W1 (water partitioning and timing at the urban catchment scale) and externally with Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Dr. Sieker mbH (expert in urban hydrology including pollutant modelling, honorary professor of TUB); Dr. Thomas Nehls, expert in urban hydrology, is involved as CoPI. W3 has close collaboration with W1 (ecohydrological controls on urban groundwater recharge and isotope-based modelling) and F4 (GHG emissions, Dr. Peter Casper, expert in microbial processes in aquatic systems).

 Common Topics Day Presentation March 2020


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