In this long-term experiment we want to develop novel analysis concepts and efficient techniques to monitor system dynamics in a medium-scale urban catchment in real-time.
Method development is primarily motivated by research-related aspects with experimental character (‘test-bed’) to increase process understanding at urban water interfaces. But the initiative is also driven through real-life challenges in day-to-day operation of urban water networks (e.g. ensuring operational stability and reliability, providing infrastructure for real-time applications, reducing overall efforts).
Concrete key questions we want to answer are:
Students from ETH Zurich are directly involved in setting-up the observatory and, in future, they will have the opportunity to examine practice-relevant questions with most recent analysis methods. Thus, this initiative actively promotes the mutual cross-stimulation between science, university education and engineering practice.
The project is realized by Eawag, Dept. SWW as a leading actor, but in close collaboration with valued research and industry partners: