Urban Water Interfaces (UWI)
Natural SciencesEarth and related environmental sciencesOther natural sciencesEngineering and TechnologyCivil engineeringEnvironmental engineeringOther engineering and technologies

UWI is an interdisciplinary research training group of engineers and natural scientists located at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). UWI wants to achieve a new quality of general process understanding in urban water systems by investigating urban water interfaces as an innovative research topic, our pioneering qualification concept and interdisciplinary and international collaboration.


The chief innovation of the project is the envisioned joint investigation of water systems in metropolitan areas within a unifying framework of natural and technical interfaces. We expect significant advances in understanding interface fluxes and processes by the envisaged close interdisciplinary collaborations between engineers and natural scientists at the TUB, IGB and associated national and international partner institutions.

Interface fluxes and processes in urban water systems are characterised by highly complex and coupled dynamic processes with feedback effects in heterogeneous and dynamic structures. To better understand interface processes, to develop predictive tools and to apply new knowledge in urban water management practice during the second and third period of UWI (years 4 – 9), innovations are required in three closely interlinked research foci:

  • Enhanced understanding of interface processes in natural and technical urban water systems
  • Development of conceptual models and predictive computational tools
  • Application of new knowledge to urban water system management

Technische Universität Berlin Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann, Chair of Water Resources Management and Modeling of Hydrosystems

urban water (systems), interfaces, modelling, urban soil, surface water, groundwater, sewer systems, biogeochemical processes, micropollutants

Contact Information

Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann, Chair of Water Resources Management and Modeling of Hydrosystems, TU Berlin
Dr. Gwendolin Porst
Urban Water Interfaces (UWI)
Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)
Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty VI Planning Building Environment
Secretariat TIB1-B14
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin
+49 (0)30 030 314 72361
Spring 2018
Technische Universität Berlin