Head of research groups: Michael R. Rasmussen
The impact of climate change on technical water systems in cities is the key focus point for the Urban Water Research Group. Both in connection with increased flooding but also with increased environmental pollution. Our ambition is to understand on how cities can continue to develop sustainably, even if the climate change challenges both human activity and construction in the city.
There is a very large and urgent need for new knowledge in this area. The service life of technical water systems is often 50 - 100 years. This means that the systems we now have in the ground are obsolete in relation to the challenges we face today. At the same time, the solutions we develop must also be able to work in the next 50 -100 years. We therefore focus both on the design of new systems, but also how to get more out of current investments by using new technology (weather radar satellites, drones, IoT, Machine Learning, Numerical models and Computational Fluid Dynamics).
The research group has identified 3 important areas:
- Measurement of precipitation and water transport through the city's hydrological cycle.
- Modelling of the technical water systems for better design and management of the systems in real time.
- Better methods for predicting weather in the short and medium term using weather radar and weather models.
The Urban Water Research Group is today a leader in most of the above focus areas. We collaborate with the best universities and researchers in Europe in Urban Drainage through EU collaboration.
We will build a dense-meshed network of urban sensors that can measure the microclimate in the city, so that we get our own data for data-driven modeling. Likewise, our 15-year success with weather radar research will be continued.
There will also be a greater focus on international cooperation where our ideas and methods can have an even greater impact than in the relatively developed Europe. Finally, we will continue our successful fundraising with national and international foundations to support further research development.
Typically, the state, municipalities and utilities are the end users of our knowledge. They are responsible for solving our common climate challenges.
However, we have a broad collaboration with manufacturers in the field of water technology, consulting engineering companies, utilities, municipalities and other universities to apply our knowledge to products and practical solutions in the field of water. We have especially focused on research and development projects that enable this triple helix working method. Virtually all of our research results have already been implemented in reality. We are committed to applied research.