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


  • 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.

  • 2019/08/14

    Call for Contributions for a Special Issue in Scientific Journal Ambio


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

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

  • 2019/07/17

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


    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.