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


  • 2020/06/22

    A Socio-Ecological System Analysis of Multilevel Water Governance in Nicaragua

    Montenegro et al

    Open Access Publication in Journal Water

    Nicaragua enacted its Water Law in 2007, with the Dublin Principles for sustainable water management and integrated water resources management as its guiding framework. Implementation of the law remains a challenge, but significant efforts have been made to roll out this new water resources framework, to improve water management by enhancing a multilevel water governance system. To analyze multilevel water governance in Nicaragua and diagnose stakeholders’ roles and compliance with the law, we applied a socio-ecological system framework and several methods of analysis to process data collected from 52 in-depth semistructured interviews conducted with key stakeholders in the water sector.

  • 2020/06/15

    A Conceptual Approach to Modeling the Geospatial Impact of Typical Urban Threats on the Habitat Quality of River Corridors

    Hack et al

    Publication in Open Access Journal Remote Sensing

    Rivers are often the most important biophysical and ecological connection of cities with their surrounding ecosystems, although usually heavily altered due to urban impacts. For the conservation of urban rivers as ecological corridors, it is important to assess the impact of typical urban threats on habitat quality. In this study, we used the InVEST habitat quality model to assess the individual and combined impacts of built-up areas, first- and second-order road and water pollution from urban drainage, and wastewater discharge on habitat quality within a 200 m wide river corridor.

  • 2020/04/20

    Stipendien für Auslandssemester in Nicaragua oder Costa Rica für das SoSe 2021

    DAAD ISAP-Programm mit Universidad Technológica La Salle in León und Universidad de Costa Rica in San José

    Im Rahmen der Internationalen Studien- und Austauschpartnerschaft (ISAP) mit unseren Partneruniversitäten der Universidad Tecnológica La Salle in León, Nicaragua und der Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica sind jeweils drei Stipendien (Vollstipendien inkl. Reisekostenpauschale) pro Semester für ein 6-monatiges Austauschsemester zu vergeben.

    Das Stipendium steht allen Studierenden der TU Darmstadt offen. Der Auslandsaufenthalt kann mit einem Praktikum und/oder der Anfertigung einer Abschlussarbeit (z.B. Bachelorarbeit) verbunden werden.