Water Resources Engineering



Water Resources Engineering covers management, protection and remediation of freshwater in natural settings (rivers, lakes) and groundwater in shallow and deep aquifers.

Scientific topics in focus:

  • Field scale contaminant transport and fate
  • Risk assessment of contaminated sites
  • High-resolution flow-through laboratory
  • Sustainable remediation
  • Hydroeconomic analysis
  • Ecohydrology
  • Modelling in Water Resources Engineering
  • Measurement of hydrological processes
  • Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems


Poul Løgstrup Bjerg
DTU Miljø
45 25 16 15



Field scale contaminant transport and fate

The physical, chemical, biological and geochemical processes that control release, transport and fate of contaminants in the subsurface need to be understood to facilitate risk assessment and remediation. New advanced characterization tools are developed and/or applied.

Risk assessment of contaminated sites


Contaminated sites pose a significant threat to groundwater resources and surface water. Risk assessment models to identify the sites posing the largest risk to drinking water resources and groundwater-dependent ecosystems are developed.

High-resolution flow-through laboratory

Flow-through experiments are performed to investigate conservative and reactive solute and colloidal transport in porous media, and to illuminate the complex coupling between physical, chemical and biological processes in subsurface systems.

Sustainable remediation

Development and enhancement of innovative in situ remediation technologies are crucial. The research combines lab experiments, field studies, modelling and life cycle assessment. Emphasis is on documentation of removal efficiency, effects on (bio)degradation of in situ remediation and methods for sustainability assessment.

Hydroeconomic analysis

We develop decision support tools for sustainable water resources management using stochastic optimization and system dynamics simulation models to determine the spatial, inter-temporal and inter-sectoral trade-offs in water resources allocation, taking into account ecosystem water requirements and the climate-water-energy-food nexus.



The functional relationships between hydrology and ecology at multiple scales for freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are investigated. We develop and apply ecohydrological indicators for risk assessing land degradation, drought, multiple stressors (e.g. pollutants) on ecosystem resilience.

Modelling in Water Resources Engineering

Analytical and numerical models are used to quantitatively analyze water resources engineering problems aiding in the interpretation of data, development of conceptual models, design of experiments and field campaigns, and scenario evaluation for decision making.

Measurement of hydrological processes

We develop new measurement techniques for water resources and hydrological processes, using satellite remote sensing, unmanned airborne vehicle surveys, and near-surface geophysics. Data are used to inform models, forecasting tools and decision support systems.

Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems


Interactions of the terrestrial biosphere with the carbon and hydrological cycles and the atmosphere. Methods used include optical and thermal remote sensing from satellites and UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems), in situ sensors and biophysical models.

Peter Bauer-Gottwein, Water

Observing, predicting and managing water at regional scales