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


Supervision

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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,Foon Yin; 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, 11 pp, 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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