Our research aims at developing tools and methods for ensuring a sustainable environment for people and natural ecosystems. Particular emphasis is on water and soil systems including both natural environments and technical systems. In many places, the ecological state of natural water and soil environments is under pressure due to increased urbanization. The associated negative impacts include urban flooding, public health risks and pollution of receiving water bodies and soil. In addition, climate change and emerging pollutants pose new challenges for the research fields.
The research and education is characterized by a strong experimental and applied profile. The approach is highly interdisciplinary employing aspects of urban hydrology, environmental chemistry, soil physics etc. The division is responsible for several well-equipped laboratories and field stations for conducting experimental work in lab, pilot and full scale. In addition, numerical model tools are widely applied for analyzing and simulating transport and transformation processes in water, soil and in the atmosphere.
Most of our research activities are externally funded and we have strong national and international collaborations with research institutions, private companies and the public sector. The research findings are primarily communicated in internationally recognized peer-reviewed research journals. Our dedicated professors, researchers and lecturers are all experts in their respective field of study and have a high publication rate. The research activities are organized in three very active research groups.