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 exploring innovative approaches for addressing water-borne challenges through planning and implementing nature-based solutions in river basins and urban regions. SEE-URBAN-WATER advances knowledge through a transdisciplinary process to assessing, developing, and implementing nature-based solutions with novel methods, tools and technologies. SEE-URBAN-WATER is based at Technische Universität Darmstadt and strongly cooperates with partners in the city of León, Nicaragua.

Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER
Junior Research Group SEE-URBAN-WATER


  • 2018/05/25

    “Urban Socio-Hydrology – A Project Example form Nicaragua” Talk of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack

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    Tuesday, 29th of May, 6.30pm

    As part of the evening lecture series of the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Stadtforschung”, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack will give a talk to the topic: “Urban Socio-Hydrology – A Project Example form Nicaragua”. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 29th of May 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Institute for History (Landwehrstraße 50a, 64293 Darmstadt, building S4|23, room 318).

  • 2018/04/16

    New field reports of exchange students online

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    Learn more about the stay of our exchange students in Nicaragua

    Our three exchange students spent the winter semester 17/18 at our partner university “Universidad Tecnológica La Salle” in León / Nicaragua. In Nicaragua they were able to gain many new impressions and made interesting experiences in the terms of country, people, language and culture. Learn more about the semester at our partner university in Nicaragua and take a look at their field reports!

  • 2018/01/22

    Comparing Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for Integrated Decision-Support in the Chiquito River Watershed, Nicaragua

    Modelling results of SWAT. On the left: Capacities to retain sediment (a) and to regulate water flow (b).

    New open-access journal publication in Sustainability

    Different simulation models are used in science and practice in order to incorporate hydrological ecosystem services in decision-making processes. This contribution compares three simulation models, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, a traditional hydrological model and two ecosystem services models, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model and the Resource Investment Optimization System model. The three models are compared on a theoretical and conceptual basis as well in a comparative case study application. The application of the models to a study area in Nicaragua reveals that a practical benefit to apply these models for different questions in decision-making generally exists.

  • 2018/01/16

    Publication on the potential environmental impact of the Interoceanic Nicaragua Canal

    MDPI Journal Environments publishes article co-authored by Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack

    Nicaragua is preparing the construction of an interoceanic canal that will be the longest and largest canal on Earth. An environmental and social impact assessment was published in 2014 supporting a general viability of the canal. Nonetheless, several scientists and societal actors raised serious concerns regarding the social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Despite an open dispute within the Nicaraguan society, no independent, transparent, and scientifically sound assessment has been carried out. This article presents a transparently documented and comprehensible impact assessment of the West Canal Segment of the Nicaragua Canal.