Special Sessions

SS1 - Green infrastructure for diffuse pollution management and restoration of water circulation in urban landuse

Lee-Hyung Kim, Ray Earle, Fiona Napier, Ralf Kunkel, Marla Maniquiz-Redillas

This session organized by the IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group aims to identify environmental impacts affecting urban diffuse pollution and to introduce the principles and current practices for diffuse pollution and runoff management.

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SS2 - Flood modelling, impact assessment and resilience strategies for future cities

Dragan Savic, Ni-Bin Chang, Binliang Lin, Beniamino Russo, Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Albert Chen

The session will focus on the critical challenges in flood modelling and risk analysis for cities to develop adaptation strategies that improve the resilience of urban environment to cope with future socio-economic and climate scenarios.

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SS3 - Metrology, experimentation and hypothesis testing in urban drainage

Francois Clemens, Sarah Dorner, Günter Gruber, Mathieu Lepot, Jörg Rieckermann, Alma Schellart

Why does urban drainage not have the same culture of rigorous experimentation, joint activities, hypothesis testing and data sharing as astrophysics? At the dawn of Big Data and the Internet Of Things, now is the time to re-visit the role, culture and handling of data in our community.

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SS4 - Water 4.0 - Solutions and challenges for the digitization of the urban drainage sector

Christine von Lonski, Gottfried Blumauer, Jan Krejcik, Lothar Fuchs, Oakes Simon

This session gives an overview of international applications of "Water 4.0", establishes a state-of-the-art summary of digitization and automation in the urban drainage sector and enables presentations of future technologies emerging from research.

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SS5 - Hygienically relevant microorganisms: pathways from sewer systems into surface waters and treatment techniques

Katharina Tondera, David McCarthy, Pascale Rouault, Andreas Matzinger, Frank Benstoem, Julian Firk

Pathways, treatment techniques, measurement and occurrence of hygienically relevant pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria: raising an awareness of the risks to public health associated with the discharge of sewers into surface waters.

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SS6 - Sponge Cities: conceptual development, quantitative assessment and practical application

Guangtao Fu, Manfred Kleidorfer, Huapeng Qin, Xin Dong, Mingming Wang, Haifeng Jia

Sponge cities are being advocated as a new way of solving China’s urban water problems: flooding and water scarcity. This session will provide a platform for researchers, designers and planners to discuss the latest developments, key challenges, and best practices in developing sponge cities.

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SS7 - Integrated modelling for evaluation of strategies for improving receiving water ecological quality

Lorenzo Benedetti, Jeroen Langeveld, Peter Bach

This special session will focus on how integrated modelling can help establishing a link between planning for urban water infrastructure design and operation, and the evaluation of the impact of such plans on the receiving water ecology.

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SS8 - Models in real time control applications

David McCarthy, Manfred Kleidorfer, Dirk Muschalla, Jeroen Langeveld

Urban drainage models in real time control applications and occurring challenges e.g., data management incl. online data validation, online model calibration and updating, consideration of uncertainties, model based (predictive) control, etc.

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SS9 - Gas odour from sewers

Gislain Lipeme Kouyi, Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen, Jes Vollertsen

The session aims to share new insights focusing e.g. on fundamental studies on the release of problematic compounds under dynamic conditions, the mass transfer and the ventilation of sewer gases & new technologies to mitigate sewer gas impacts.

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SS10 - Realising Water Sensitive Cities: Processes and tools to enable the adoption of innovation

Briony Rogers, Lian Lundy, Megan Farrelly, Jeroen Rijke, Shirin Malekpour, Lara Werbeloff

This session explores social processes and tools to enable the adoption of innovations in urban water servicing. These include approaches for strategic planning and project implementation, institutional frameworks, governance processes, and policy, regulatory and finance instruments.

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SS11 - Modeling of permeable pavements: hydrologic and water quality aspects

Patrizia Piro, Jiri Simunek, Radka Kodesova

The session will cover both the modeling of the hydrological behaviour of permeable pavements and numerical analysis of contaminants transport, with a particular focus on sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification and parameter estimation algorithms.

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