Staff

Christoph Ort

Dr. Christoph Ort

Group Leader

Department Urban Water Management

About Me

Research Interest
Wastewater is one of the most information-rich and dynamic waste streams of our society. My interests lie in source typing and tracking of water-borne pollutants such as personal care products, pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in both the built and natural environment. I combine full scale measurements, modeling (deterministic and stochastic) and laboratory experiments.

Wastewater-based epidemiology

Sampling and monitoring design; processes in sewers; transformation of parent and metabolites in sewers (lab and full scale experiments)

Wet-weather discharges
Micropollutants from urban areas; separate and combined sewers; prediction based on land use

Source control
Quantification of hospital wastewater; comparison to other sources (households)

Pollutant fluxes in natural water bodies
Micropollutant removal; modeling and monitoring concepts; resource allocation


Current supervision

Former collaborators (MSc, PhD, Postdoc)

  • Ann-Kathrin McCall (PhD project SEWPROF, advisor Prof. Eberhard Morgenroth ETHZ/Eawag)
  • Philipp Staufer (Postdoc project DIMES)

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Projects

Quantifying micropollutant loads in combined and separate sewer overflows
Mapping environmental variables in sewers
Advancing estimation of illicit drug use from wastewater samples - the role of in-sewer drug transformation.
Estimating public health factors at the community level

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Selected publications

Thomaidis, N. S.; Gago-Ferrero, P.; Ort, C.; Maragou, N. C.; Alygizakis, N. A.; Borova, V. L.; Dasenaki, M. E. (2016) Reflection of socioeconomic changes in wastewater: licit and illicit drug use patterns, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(18), 10065-10072, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02417, Institutional Repository
Mutzner, L.; Staufer, P.; Ort, C. (2016) Model-based screening for critical wet-weather discharges related to micropollutants from urban areas, Water Research, 104, 547-557, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.003, Institutional Repository
McCall, A.-K.; Bade, R.; Kinyua, J.; Lai, F. Y.; Thai, P. K.; Covaci, A.; Bijlsma, L.; van Nuijs, A. L. N.; Ort, C. (2016) Critical review on the stability of illicit drugs in sewers and wastewater samples, Water Research, 88, 933-947, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.10.040, Institutional Repository
Humphries, M. A.; Bruno, R.; Lai, F. Y.; Thai, P. K.; Holland, B. R.; O’Brien, J. W.; Ort, C.; Mueller, J. F. (2016) Evaluation of monitoring schemes for wastewater-based epidemiology to identify drug use trends using cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and methadone, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(9), 4760-4768, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b06126, Institutional Repository
Been, F.; Bijlsma, L.; Benaglia, L.; Berset, J.-D.; Botero-Coy, A. M.; Castiglioni, S.; Kraus, L.; Zobel, F.; Schaub, M. P.; Bücheli, A.; Hernández, F.; Delémont, O.; Esseiva, P.; Ort, C. (2016) Assessing geographical differences in illicit drug consumption—a comparison of results from epidemiological and wastewater data in Germany and Switzerland, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 189-199, doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.02.002, Institutional Repository
Lai, F. Y.; Anuj, S.; Bruno, R.; Carter, S.; Gartner, C.; Hall, W.; Kirkbride, K. P.; Mueller, J. F.; O'Brien, J. W.; Prichard, J.; Thai, P. K.; Ort, C. (2015) Systematic and day-to-day effects of chemical-derived population estimates on wastewater-based drug epidemiology, Environmental Science and Technology, 49(2), 999-1008, doi:10.1021/es503474d, Institutional Repository
Logar, I.; Brouwer, R.; Maurer, M.; Ort, C. (2014) Cost-benefit analysis of the Swiss national policy on reducing micropollutants in treated wastewater, Environmental Science and Technology, 48(21), 12500-12508, doi:10.1021/es502338j, Institutional Repository
O'Brien, J. W.; Thai, P. K.; Eaglesham, G.; Ort, C.; Scheidegger, A.; Carter, S.; Lai, F. Y.; Mueller, J. F. (2014) A model to estimate the population contributing to the wastewater using samples collected on census day, Environmental Science and Technology, 48(1), 517-525, doi:10.1021/es403251g, Institutional Repository
Ort, C.; Eppler, J. M.; Scheidegger, A.; Rieckermann, J.; Kinzig, M.; Sörgel, F. (2014) Challenges of surveying wastewater drug loads of small populations and generalizable aspects on optimizing monitoring design, Addiction, 109(3), 472-481, doi:10.1111/add.12405, Institutional Repository
Ort, C.; van Nuijs, A. L. N.; Berset, J.-D.; Bijlsma, L.; Castiglioni, S.; Covaci, A.; de Voogt, P.; Emke, E.; Fatta-Kassinos, D.; Griffiths, P.; Hernández, F.; González-Mariño, I.; Grabic, R.; Kasprzyk-Hordern, B.; Mastroianni, N.; Meierjohann, A.; Nefau, T.; Östman, M.; Pico, Y.; Racamonde, I.; Reid, M.; Slobodnik, J.; Terzic, S.; Thomaidis, N.; Thomas, K. V. (2014) Spatial differences and temporal changes in illicit drug use in Europe quantified by wastewater analysis, Addiction, 109(8), 1338-1352, doi:10.1111/add.12570, Institutional Repository
Kaegi, R.; Voegelin, A.; Ort, C.; Sinnet, B.; Thalmann, B.; Krismer, J.; Hagendorfer, H.; Elumelu, M.; Mueller, E. (2013) Fate and transformation of silver nanoparticles in urban wastewater systems, Water Research, 47(12), 3866-3877, doi:10.1016/j.watres.2012.11.060, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: christoph.ort@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5277
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU B11

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