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


  • 2020/01/21

    Costa Rica´s Readiness for the Implementation of Nature-Based-Solutions

    New open-access journal publication in Sustainability Journal

    Nature-based-solutions (NBS) pursue a combination of economic, social, and environmental benefits that can meet municipal goals on stormwater and rapid urbanization problems. However, NBS have fallen behind in reaching to the political and legal framework, and with this, to a policy mix for urban stormwater sustainability.

  • 2019/11/26

    Call for Contributions for a Special Issue in Scientific Journal Ambio


    Topic: Planning and Governing Nature-based Solutions in River Landscapes

    SEE-URBAN-WATER and PlanSmart organize a Special Issue on “Planning and Governing Nature-based Solutions in River Landscapes”.

  • 2019/11/20

    A New Approach to High-Resolution Urban Land Use Classification Using Open Access Software and True Color Satellite Imagesping Countries


    New open-access journal publication in Sustainability Journal

    Urbanization nowadays results in the most dynamic and drastic changes in land use/land cover, with a significant impact on the environment. In most parts of the world, detailed information on the composition, structure, extent, and temporal changes of urban areas is lacking. This publication presents a methodology to produce high-resolution land use/land cover maps by the use of free software and satellite imagery. These maps can help to understand dynamic urbanizations processes to plan, design, and coordinate sustainable urban development plans.