SEE-URBAN-WATER

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.

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Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER

News

  • 2019/08/28

    SEE-URBAN-WATER on social networks

    Facebook and Instagram

    As a transdisciplinary project, SEE-URBAN-WATER always seeks to strengthen ties with stakeholders, other investigation groups and of course the residents of our study area. This is why, SEE-URBAN-WATER launched its own accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

  • 2019/08/28

    SEE-URBAN-WATER workshop on “Green Infrastructure Design” with representatives from Costa Rica

    Workshop held at the TU Darmstadt from the 12th to the 16th August, 2019 – Resumen en Español

    A transdisciplinary workshop was organized with representatives of local governments and other public institutions of Costa Rica. SEE-URBAN-WATER wants to share the summary of this “Green Infrastructure Design” workshop!

  • 2019/08/20

    Third SEE-URBAN-WATER Newsletter / Tercer Boletín informativo de VISIÓN URBANA DEL AGUA

    Progress of our project between January and July 2019, intended to inform our collaborators and other actors / Avances de nuestro proyecto entre enero y julio 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 first semester of this 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 rest of this year.

  • 2019/07/17

    A Combined Field and Remote-Sensing Based Methodology to Assess the Ecosystem Service Potential of Urban Rivers in Developing Countries

    MAPURES

    New open-access journal publication in Remote Sensing Journal

    Natural rivers in urban areas bear significant potential to provide ecosystem services for the surrounding inhabitants. However, surface sealing by houses and street networks, urban drainage, disposal of waste and wastewater resulting from advancing urbanization usually lead to the deterioration of urban rivers and their riparian areas. This ultimately damages their ability to provide ecosystem services. This paper presents an innovative methodology for a rapid and low-cost assessment of the ecological status of urban rivers and riparian areas in developing countries under data scarce conditions.