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Urban Water Engineering

The Urban Water Engineering research group aims at contributing to the development of more sustainable urban water management systems focusing on:

  • Snow and stormwater quality
  • Stormwater treatment (biofilter, wet ponds and advanced treatment technology)
  • Green Infrastructure and adaptation of urban water systems to climate change
  • Sewer system ( inflow and infiltration, renovation strategies, FOG (fat, oil and grease) deposits and innovative sewer installations)
  • Stormwater planning and responsibility
  • Waste water treatment in small scale facilities

Furthermore, our group contributes with several courses to the master programmes in Civil Engineering, Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and the two-year higher education diploma programme in Built Environment.

Established in 1993, the Urban Water Engineering research group has produced 24 doctoral theses since then. Today, the group consists of 11 senior researchers, two adjunct professors, two coordinators, two research engineers and 23 PhD candidates.

Research for sustainable stormwater management

Within Sweden, temperatures are predicted to increase by 3-5°C by 2080, with more rainfall occurring in autumn, winter and spring. This has major implications for urban areas.

I media: Så ska effekterna av skitig snö i naturen minskas
In the media: How to reduce the effects of dirty snow in nature

New method tested in Luleå when clearing snow • Heavy metals in the snow can damage animals and sea life, features on TV4.

Photo: Pixabay
How to absorb water masses after heavy rainfall?

Climate change has made cloud-bursts with subsequent floods more common. Researchers at Luleå University of Technology are now investigating whether it is possible to find new ways to capture large amounts of water by placing materials that absorb stormwater in cities.

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Stormwater&Sewers at Luleå University of Technology develops and disseminates research-based knowledge and builds networks.


Centre for Stormwater Management

Article in journal
Larm. T, Wahlsten. A, Marsalek. J, Viklander. M
Sustainability, Vol. 14, nr. 5
Article in journal
Wei. H, Muthanna. T, Lundy. L, Viklander. M
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Article in journal
Lehtoranta. S, Laukka. V, Vidal. B, Heiderscheidt. E, Postila. H, Nilivaara. R, et al.
Frontiers in Environmental Science, Vol. 10
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