Research Topics

In ReWaM, science, industry and the public sphere are jointly developing innovative knowledge-, information- and decision-making foundations for a regional water resources management system in Germany. The joint projects cover a wide range of topics with different research approaches. The four project clusters (Tab. 1) illustrate the projects’ joint remits, each with their individual research- and development work:


ReWaM - Fluss mäandriert durch die Landschaft

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The joint projects merged in this cluster address innovative and integrated development- and action strategies for water resources management. The key focus is on reconciling flood management and development of water bodies. Emphasis will be put on water management in urban areas, urban water development, and on watershed management, as well as on the municipal water balance and on rainwater management.


In this cluster, the following projects are involved:

Water Monitoring

ReWaM - Gewässermonitoring

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Innovative methods for monitoring the physical and chemical parameters in surface waters are what the joint projects of this cluster have in common. Water bodies are dynamic systems and react in different ways to the entry of substances and to change. To improve the way these processes are currently mapped, the joint projects are working on measuring devices with high spatial, temporal and content-related resolution. In addition to traditional methods, autonomous measuring vehicles are being developed.

In this cluster, the following projects are involved:

Assessment Methods for Aquatic Ecosystems

ReWaM - Frosch

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The joint projects of this cluster are focused on analysing and assessing ecosystem services. The research goal is to develop new foundations for decision-making, so that groundwater and surface waters can be managed sustainably. The focus is on bio-indicators and on services which a body of water and its adjacent areas provide, and which are used by humans.

In this cluster, the following projects are involved:

Water Quality Management

ReWaM - Management der Wasserqualität

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The joint projects of this cluster study novel kinds of water pollution and develop risk assessment methods and new problem-solving strategies. The focus is on drinking and bathing water quality and on the impact pathways between ground- and surface waters. The impact on human health makes this especially relevant for society.

In this cluster, the following projects are involved: