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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. Further, Godecke works with evaluating ecosystem services of blue green infrastructure.

With his research Godecke wants to contribute to an increased implementation of stormwater control measures in (inter alia) Sweden by adapting them to demanding climates and to a sufficient long term performance by appropriate maintenance.

Research projects


Article in journal

Contamination of Urban Stormwater Pond Sediments (2021)

A Study of 259 Legacy and Contemporary Organic Substances
Flanagan. K, Blecken. G, Österlund. H, Nordqvist. K, Viklander. M
Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 55, nr. 5, s. 3009-3020
Article, review/survey

Next generation swale design for stormwater runoff treatment (2021)

A comprehensive approach
Ekka. S, Rujner. H, Leonhardt. G, Blecken. G, Viklander. M, Hunt. W
Part of: Journal of Environmental Management
Article in journal

Nitrogen removal in stormwater bioretention facilities: effect of drying, temperature and submerged zone (2021)

Søberg. L, Viklander. M, Blecken. G
Ecological Engineering, Vol. 169
Article in journal

Survey of the Operational Status of Twenty-six Urban Stormwater Biofilter Facilities in Sweden (2021)

Beryani. A, Goldstein. A, Al-Rubaei. A, Viklander. M, Hunt III. W, Blecken. G
Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 297