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Godecke-Tobias Blecken
Godecke-Tobias Blecken

Godecke-Tobias Blecken

Luleå University of Technology
Urban Water Engineering
Architecture and Water
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
+46 (0)920 491394
T3024 Luleå

Godecke Blecken’s main research focus is on urban stormwater management. During his PhD studies until 2010, Godecke investigated the function and adaptation of stormwater bioretention to demanding climates. Since then he has broadened his work and also investigated other stormwater control measures such as permeable pavements, infiltration systems, ponds, constructed wetlands, done research on stormwater quality and the impact of stormwater discharges on the natural environment.

An important part of Godecke’s research deals with the investigation of the function of stormwater control measures in demanding climates and their adaptation to these. A special focus here is on cold climates. Another main research topic is related to the long-term function of stormwater control measures and their maintenance needs. There is a clear risk that existing measures do not perform sufficiently e.g. due to a lack of maintenance. Current projects deal further with treatment of pollutants of emerging concern and with the function of stormwater management on catchment scale. Further, Godecke works with evaluating ecosystem services of blue green infrastructure.


Research projects


Article in journal

Abundance, distribution, and composition of microplastics in the filter media of nine aged stormwater bioretention systems (2023)

Lange. K, Furén. R, Österlund. H, Winston. R, Tirpak. R, Nordqvist. K, et al.
Chemosphere, Vol. 320
Article, review/survey

Microplastics in urban catchments: Review of sources, pathways, and entry into stormwater (2023)

Österlund. H, Blecken. G, Lange. K, Marsalek. J, Gopinath. K, Viklander. M
Part of: Science of the Total Environment
Article in journal

Variability of green infrastructure performance due to climatic regimes across Sweden (2023)

Mantilla. I, Flanagan. K, Muthanna. T, Blecken. G, Viklander. M
Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 326
Article in journal

Blue-Green Infrastructure for All Seasons: The Need for Multicolored Thinking (2022)

Sagrelius. P, Lundy. L, Blecken. G, Rizzo. A, Viklander. M
Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, Vol. 8, nr. 4
Article in journal

Correction to: Facilitating maintenance of stormwater ponds: comparison of analytical methods for determination of metal pollution (2022)

Gavric. S, Flanagan. K, Österlund. H, Blecken. G, Viklander. M
Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 29, nr. 49, s. 74894-74894