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Research Profile

Urban Hydrology


  • Urban Drainage Systems  
  • Urban Water Management 
  • Pipe Systems Engineering  
  • Blue-Green Infrastructure 
  • Nature Based Solutions 
  • Rainfall Patterns & Statistics
  • Urban Flooding
  • Cold Climate Hydrology
  • Water Harvesting 


Researchers involved are Professors Lars Bengtsson and Miklas Scholz, Drs Linus Zhang, Rolf Larsson, Johanna Sörensen, Hossein Hashemi, Lennart Jönsson, and Peder Hjorth and PhD student Shifteh Mobini. Research is carried out in close co-operation with Peking University, Beijing Forest University, and Nankai University in China, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and University of Iceland, as well as Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Luleå Technical University, Sweden Water Research, City of Malmö, and City of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Three recent, large projects within urban hydrology are Sustainable Urban Flood management (SUrF), Cold Climate SuDS, and the rainfall radar project.

Contact person: Dr. Johanna Sörensen 

Surface Hydrology and Runoff


  • Drainage & Wetlands 
  • River Management 
  • Rainfall-Runoff Modeling  
  • Sediment Transport 
  • Flood Protection and Forecasting 
  • Snowmelt  


Researchers involved are Professor Ronny Berndtsson, Dr. Rolf Larsson, Dr. Linus Zhang and Prof. Em. Lars Bengtsson.
Research is carried out in close co-operation with several national and international universities.
As well we collaborate much with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and Swedish regional water and sewage providers VA SYD and NSVA.
Some important international collaborators are INRGREF, Tunis, Tunisia; Kyushu, Nagasaki, and Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Japan; Danish Tech. Univ.; Iceland University, Reykavik.

Contact person: Professor Ronny Berndtsson

Flows in the Environment


  • Hydraulics of Lakes, Estuaries & Costal Areas 
  • Transport & Dispersion of Particles & Dissolved Matter    


TVRL has a long tradition in this field, starting with observations and modelling of lake hydro- and thermodynamics in the 1960’s.In the last decade focus has shifted towards modelling of estuaries and coastal lagoons.

Contact person: Professor Magnus Larson

Climate Change


  • Coastal Erosion and Flooding from Sea Level Rise
  • Sustainable Urban Flood Management
  • Future Irrigation Needs in Arid Climates
  • Groundwater Contamination Risks in a Future Climate
  • Impact of Climate Change on Ground Water Levels and Drinking Water Supply



Climate change is a cross-cutting issue through almost all other research areas.
Thus, in addition to the specific topics listed above, there is a climate change component in most of our research topics.
Involved researchers are Professors Hans Hanson (coastal), Cintia Uvo (climate), Ronny Berndtsson (surface hydrology) ,
Kenneth M Persson (drinking water) and Magnus Persson (ground water), Drs Rolf Larsson (urban)and Johanna Sörensen (urban), and doctoral student Caroline Hallin (coastal).

Contact person: Professor Hans Hanson

Water Quality


  • Monitoring drinking water quality
  • Microbial interactions in water and biofilms
  • Drinking water microbiomes
  • In-situ remediation of groundwater
  • Wetlands for improved water quality
  • Water quality concerns in developing countries


Water quality is important, but can be hard to define. It encompasses microbiological and chemical safety of water, but also the smell, taste and appearance of water. It can change over the day, over the season and from place to place. Some important questions are: How will climate affect water quality? How do treatment processes for drinking water and waste water impact on the quality of water in our lakes, rivers and our taps? What is the best way to measure and monitor water quality?

At TVRL, Associate Professor Catherine Paul is working with microbial impacts on surface, ground and drinking water quality using DNA-based methods like sequencing and flow cytometry. Professor Miklas Scholz is assessing how wetlands and sustainable drainage systems can be applied to improve and manage storm water, waste water and surface water quality.

Contact person: Associate Professor Catherine Paul

Water resources management

  • System approach
  • Institutional approach
  • Water user capacity building
  • Social hydrology
  • Stakeholder analysis


System approach is used by the research team to assess water problems from both  technical and  non-technical aspects such as policy, water regulation, economy, society and social. Water user and institutional capacity building is declared as one of the targets in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and considered to play a central role in integrated water resources management.

The research area is devoted to use a systems approach to achieve sustainable use of water resources. Ongoing capacity building projects are FASTER (Horizon 2020) with Tunisia, World Bank and EU (Erasmus; TRUNAK) funded projects with Kazakhstan.

Contact person: Dr. Kamshat Tussupova and Prof. Ronny Berndtsson

Coastal Engineering


  • Sediment Transport 
  • Wave Generation & Propagation 
  • Beach Evolution  
  • Coastal Protection 
  • Ship Generated Waves & Erosion


Link to SENCORE - Network about Coastal Processes  


Researchers involved are Professors Hans Hanson and Magnus Larson  and PhD Students Björn Almström (Sweden), Caroline Fredriksson (Sweden), Almir Nunes De Brito Junior (Brazil) and Jie Zhang (China)
Research is carried out in close co-operation with the US Army Corps Engineers, Vicksburg, USA; Tech. Univ., Braunschweig, Germany; Tokyo Univ., Japanand South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and Deltares, Netherlands.

Contact person: Caroline Hallin



  • Modelling the Coupling of Climate and Hydrology 
  • Climate Variability 
  • Seasonal Hydrological Forecast  
  • Hydropower Storage Forecast 
  • Crop Production in Arid Regions  



This is a very broad research field that involves several aspects of the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrology that has been researched at TVRL for more than 20 years. At the moment we are running three large projects connected to this research area. “Model-based Global Assessment of Hydrological Pressure” – GlobalHydroPressure (JPI Water); Long-term forecast of windpower and hydropower on a fluctuating climate (The Swedish Energy Agency) and Seasonal Hydrological Forecast (in cooperation with The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute).

Contact persons: Prof. Cintia Bertacchi Uvo and Dr. Erik Nilsson

Remote Sensing


  • Remote Sensing of Precipitation (TRMM & GPM) 
  • Remote Sensing of Land Surface Deformation (InSAR) 
  • Remote Sensing of Groundwater
  • Remote Sensing of Dust Storms
  • Weather Radar (X-band)
  • Global Precipitation Analysys  


Researchers involved are Assis. Professor Hossein Hashemi, Professors Cintia Uvo and Ronny Berndtsson.
Research is carried out in co-operation with Stanford University, South Carolina University, NASA PMM Team, University of Texas at Austin, Missouri University of Technology, and UCLA in the US and several universities in Iran.
Research is also carried out in close co-operation with VA SYD, SMHI, and Svenskt Vatten.
The work is funded by FORMAS, Svenskt Vatten, MECW project, and Water JPI.

Contact person: Dr. Hossein Hashemi

Subsurface Hydrology


  • Water Contents Measurement Techniques 
  • Irrigation Techniques 
  • Water & Solute Transport Modelling in Saturated & Unsaturated Zones
  • Groundwater Contamination
  • In-situ remediation of contaminated ground water
  • Microbial processes during infiltration


A large proportion of our freshwater resources are hidden under the soil surface.
We conduct research, mainly in arid areas in China and North Africa, on irrigation techniques and soil salinization.
Subsurface water is normally of good quality, but also vulnerable due to contamination risks.
Our research focuses on protecting groundwater resources. Soil moisture dynamics are important in agricultural production. Associate Professor Catherine Paul is working to monitor microbial activities below the surface during artificial recharge and infiltration, and to monitor in situ remediation at contaminated sites where groundwater is affected.

Contact persons: Prof. Magnus Persson and Assistant Prof. Hossein Hashemi




  • Decision support systems for wetlands
  • Integrated constructed wetlands
  • Sustainable drainage systems (wetlands, ponds and retention systems)
  • Sustainable flood retention wetlands
  • Treatment wetlands and ponds
  • Wastewater treatment with wetlands
  • Watercourse remediation


Researchers involved are Professors Miklas Scholz, Ronny Berndtsson, Magnus Persson and Cintia Uvo and the PhD student Ms. Shokoufeh Salimi (Iran). Work is funded by the European Union, JPI Water, Formas, VINNOVA South Africa Sweden University Forum, Republic of South Africa and British Council. The JPI Water project entitled “Research-based Assessment of Integrated approaches to Nature-based SOLUTIONS (RAINSOLUTIONS) has received EURO 1,520,000. The research is being carried out in close cooperation with The University of Salford (United Kingdom), Johannesburg University (South Africa), University of Pretoria (South Africa), VESI Environmental Ltd. (Ireland), Federal University of Technology (Brazil), Técnica y Proyectos S.A. (Spain), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), Wageningen University and Research (The Netherlands), University of Tartu (Estonia) and Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (Romania). Recent research output has been summarised by “Scholz M. (2018), Sustainable Water Management: Engineering Solutions for a Variable Climate. Elsevier, Amsterdam.”.

Contact person: Professor Miklas Scholz

WASH and public health

  • Access to drinking water and Sanitation
  • Decentralized water sources
  • Rural water supply
  • Water related diseases
  • Hygiene behavior


Universal, affordable and sustainable access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is a key public health issue within international development and is the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 6. The research in this area covers both technical solutions in drinking water provision and sanitation services coverage as well as peoples’ capacity building in hygiene and sanitation behavior.

Universal, affordable, and sustainable access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene is a key public health issue within international development and the focus of Sustainable Development Goal 6. The research in this area covers both technical solutions in drinking water provision and sanitation services coverage as well as capacity building in hygiene and sanitation behavior.

The research is oriented towards decentralized water provision in rural areas in developing countries and associated health issues. One the research projects in this area is a World bank funded capacity building project strengthening the access to water, sanitation and hygiene in Kazakhstan. We collaborate with the National Center for Public Health in Kazakhstan, International Water Management Institute in Central Asia, and Institute for Environmental Sanitation in Brazil. 

Contact person: Dr. Kamshat Tussupova and Prof. Kenneth M.Persson


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