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


  • 2019/11/26

    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.

  • 2019/10/24

    We welcome Ricardo Bonilla as a new PhD student in our group!

    New team member joined SEE-URBAN-WATER October 17, 2019

    Ricardo Bonilla officially joined SEE-URBAN-WATER on October 17, 2019. He will support our group as a PhD student for the next 4 years. Ricardo is receiving a a scholarship from the ALECOSTA (Alemania – Costa Rica Exchange) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and CONARE. The scholarship offers scholars from our partner university, Universidad de Costa Rica, the opportunity to gain further qualifications in Germany through a PhD student scholarship.

  • 2019/09/10

    SEE-URBAN-WATER is a member of the Darmbach e.V.

    since September 2019

    As a research group dedicated to the transdisciplinary investigation and implementation of Nature Based Solutions, we also want to make a positive contribution to the investigator’s home base of Darmstadt. Therefore, since September 2019, the Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER is a member of the Darmbach e.V.

  • 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.