Areas & Projects


Water is an indispensable resource for life, food production, social and industrial activities and preservation of the environment and ecosystem services. Too little, too much, polluted and non-liveable water will increase risk to end users, to environment, ecosystems and biodiversity. In addition, water is also an important source to generate clean and renewable energy. Hydropower is so far one of the most efficient “green batteries” to balance the intermittent renewable energies, such as solar and wind power, and make the grid system more stable and reliable. Therefore, our focal areas are on Water-Energy-Environment nexus, contribute to the UN’s Goals for water related Sustainable Development (SDGs).

Main areas:

  • Integrated stormwater management at urban and catchment scales
  • Water environmental technologies and ecosystem services
  •  Hydropower and the role of hydropower for renewable energy development as a whole
  •  Rehabilitation and repairing of concrete hydraulic structure failures
  • Data, digitalization, hydrological and hydraulic modelling

Stormwater management

  • Urban hydrology
  • Hydrological and hydraulic models
  • Flood Risk analysis and management
  • Risk and vulnerability assessment of climate change and urbanization impacts
  • Sustainable Blue-Green solutions and reuse of water resources: LIDs, BGs, Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), natural based solutions (NBSs)

Our leading scientist: Linmei Nie

Team members: PhD candidate Mihn Tuan Bui

Water environment technology and ecosystem services

  • Water quality and pollution control
  • Eco-hydrology and Eco-hydraulics
  • Assessment of river habitats
  • Rehabilitation and restoration of urban water systems
  • River basin management
  • Cultural environment and sustainability

Leading scientist: Professor Dr. Jinmei LU

Team members: Dr. Tong Chang.

Hydropower and Renewable energy

  • Hydrological modelling
  • Hydropower and climate
  • Hydropower and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Hydropower as a “green battery” for balancing the intermittent renewable energy (such as wind, solar power).
  • Advanced Hydro turbine design
  • Products driven by Solar energy

Leading expert: Professor Ånund Killingtveit.

Team members: Dr. Pingju Li.  Dr. Linmei Nie

Rehabilitation and repairing concrete hydraulic structure failures

  • SK Polyurea materials
  • Laboratory testing
  • Rehabilitation and repairing of hydraulic and hydropower and other type of concrete structures.
  • Application and demonstration projects.

Leading expert: Prof. Zhiheng Sun;


Data, digitalization, hydrological and hydraulic modelling

  • Data acquisition, assimilation, and management
  • Big data, machine learning and advanced analysis
  • Hydrological and hydraulic modelling
  • Water disaster modelling and risk assessment
  • Risk assessment
  • GIS

Leading expert: Dr. Pingju Li

Team members: Dr. Linmei Nie, Dr. Minh Tuan Bui, Dr. Linus Zhang


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Have you ever imagined the impact of Wastewater from factories?

Waste2Fresh is bringing exciting and ground-breaking innovative solutions specifically to the textile manufacturing process to target the ever-growing sustainability concerns within the industry.

Horizon 2020 project, Waste2Fresh is addressing freshwater resource scarcity and industrial water pollution by bringing together the leading textile manufacturing companies and relevant SMEs across Europe, as well as supporting Industry Innovation and Research and Technology Organisations.

The Waste2Fresh system will integrate novel catalytic degradation approaches with highly selective separation and extraction techniques to deliver a closed loop system that assures near-zero discharge, reduce current use of freshwater resources and increase the recovery of water, energy and other resources, including organics, salts and heavy metals. The system will therefore increase resource and water efficiency and ultimately lead to considerable environmental gains weighted against EU and global environmental footprints.

  • ENRICH, 2021 – 2023.
  • DISCO, 2020 – 2021.
  • RainSolutions, 2019
  • Zhaotong Urban Flood Risk Management System, 2017-2018
  • ClimaVA, 2015-2016
  • FutureHydro, 2013-2015
  • Previous projects

Software tools

Our research and projects are developed based on the following software tools

Career development

Jobs & Career

Candidates who have education background and practical experience in urban water areas, hydrological and hydraulic modelling, stormwater management, Hydropower, Master or PhD degree are welcome to contact us or send your CV to

Master &PhD students

Master and PhD students who are looking for career development, research or thesis projects in our working areas, please Contact us.