Systems Transformation (Tove Larsen, Max Maurer, Joao Leitao, Lauren Cook)
looks at the engineering options and methodologies to lead urban water infrastructure systems into a sustainable and resilient future. This research area is strongly linked with the Eawag strategic program Wings (Water and wastewater Innovations for Non-Grid Solutions). This highly interdisciplinary research focus has three core research thrusts:
(i) Wings-system development aims to develop novel urban water management systems, that provide an alternative to the grid based conventional urban water management,
(ii) Transition planning develops methods to transform an existing network infrastructure into a sustainable future, including the modelling of urban flooding due to torrential rain, and
(iii) Blue-green infrastructure for multi-functionality develops integrated design and planning tools for sustainable and resilient communities that acheive multiple environmental and social objectives in an uncertain future climate.