Welcome to the Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER

Central Park and Cathedral of León, Nicaragua
Central Park and Cathedral of León, Nicaragua

SEE-URBAN-WATER is a junior research group that explores innovative approaches to address waterborne challenges through the design and implementation of Nature-Based-Solutions (NBS) in river basins and urban areas. The junior research group promotes knowledge through a transdisciplinary process to evaluate, develop and implement NBS using novel methods, tools and technologies. SEE-URBAN-WATER is based at the Technical University of Darmstadt and works closely with local partners in the city of León, Nicaragua, as well as with the Municipalities of Heredia, Flores, Belén, Barva and San Rafael in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica.

Fortin Heredia
Fortress of Heredia, Costa Rica

The research objective of the case study Pochote River in León is to guide the planning processes of urban water management by introducing and implementing Nature-Based Solutions, as the city is currently undergoing rapid urbanization that threatens the riverine ecosystems. On the other hand, in the case study of Quebrada Seca-Burío in Costa Rica the implementation of NBS aims to restore ecosystem services in urban areas where the urbanization has been taking place from decades ago.

Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER


  • 2020/02/19

    Fourth SEE-URBAN-WATER Newsletter / Cuarto Boletín informativo de VISIÓN URBANA DEL AGUA

    Progress of our project between August and December 2019, intended to inform our collaborators and other actors / Avances de nuestro proyecto entre agosto y diciembre 2019, dirigido a nuestros colaboradores y otros actores

    SEE-URBAN-WATER wants to share the project progress so far! The team has prepared a bulletin report of the main activities carried out during the second semester of the last year. The highlight of the document is the description of our case-study areas in Costa Rica, in the Quebrada Seca – Río Burío watershed. It summarizes the achievements of the fieldwork and further activities to be carried out during the first half of this year.

  • 2020/01/29

    Cost-Effective Optimization of Nature-Based Solutions for Reducing Urban Floods

    Apoorva publication

    New publication of former DAAD-IIT intern in Ecologcial Processes Journal

    The conventional urban stormwater management practices focus on carrying away runoff quickly by lined conveyors, which increase the surface runoff and reduce the time of concentration, subsequently causing floods in downstream areas. Ecological Management Practices (EMPs) provide nature-based solutions for reducing flood risks in a sustainable and economically viable manner.