• Thomas Manns Vej 23, 1-255

    9220 Aalborg Ø


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of Division
Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen

The division is organized in 3 research groups

Our research aims at developing tools and methods for ensuring a sustainable environment for people and natural ecosystems. Particular emphasis is on water and soil systems including both natural environments and technical systems. In many places, the ecological state of natural water and soil environments is under pressure due to increased urbanization. The associated negative impacts include urban flooding, public health risks and pollution of receiving water bodies and soil. In addition, climate change and emerging pollutants pose new challenges for the research fields.

The research and education is characterized by a strong experimental and applied profile. The approach is highly interdisciplinary employing aspects of urban hydrology, environmental chemistry, soil physics etc. The division is responsible for several well-equipped laboratories and field stations for conducting experimental work in lab, pilot and full scale. In addition, numerical model tools are widely applied for analyzing and simulating transport and transformation processes in water, soil and in the atmosphere.

Most of our research activities are externally funded and we have strong national and international collaborations with research institutions, private companies and the public sector. The research findings are primarily communicated in internationally recognized peer-reviewed research journals. Our dedicated professors, researchers and lecturers are all experts in their respective field of study and have a high publication rate. The research activities are organized in three very active research groups.

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soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
infrared spectroscopy Earth & Environmental Sciences
ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy Agriculture & Biology
rainfall Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sewers Engineering & Materials Science
near-infrared spectroscopy Agriculture & Biology
clay Earth & Environmental Sciences
pedotransfer function Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 2006 2019

Accumulated effects of Climate Change, chronic, acute and man-induced erosion in Nørlev Strand on the Danish West Coast

Lucia, M., 2019, (Submitted) In : Coastal Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Assessment of input of organic micropollutants and microplastics into the Baltic Sea by urban waters

Bollmann, U. E., Simon, M., Vollertsen, J. & Bester, K., 1 Nov 2019, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 148

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Baltic Sea
12 Downloads (Pure)

Automated rainfall simulator for variable rainfall on urban green areas

Nielsen, K., Møldrup, P., Thorndahl, S. L., Nielsen, J. E., Duus, L. B., Rasmussen, S. H. & Uggerby, M., 2019, In : Hydrological Processes.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
urban drainage
urban green


wastewater treatment

Activities 2014 2019

  • 13 Talks and presentations in private or public companies
  • 3 Organisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars
  • 3 Conference presentations
  • 2 External teaching and course activities at other universities

Girls' Day in Science AAU 2019

Amelia Reimer Borregaard (Organizer), Rikke Hagensby Jensen (Organizer), Anna Lyhne Jensen (Participant), Anne Marie Svane (Participant), Anne Juhler Hansen (Participant), Ann-Louise Andersen (Participant), Belinda Nors (Participant), Cejna Anna Quist-Jensen (Participant), Katrine Vogt Møller (Participant), Kirstine Meyer Frandsen (Participant), Lea Tøttrup (Participant), Marike Koch van den Broek (Participant), Lone Kørnøv (Participant), Janne Jul Jensen (Participant), Vibeke R Borregaard (Participant), Lotte Sørensen (Participant)
2 Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


Aluminium-silicate coagulant for stormwater treatment

Morten Lykkegaard Christensen (Lecturer), Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen (Lecturer), Bent Larsen (Other)
24 Sep 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


AAU studies presentation at Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge

Hicham Johra (Lecturer), Thomas Ruby Bentzen (Lecturer)
14 Apr 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsExternal teaching and course activities at other universities

Press / Media

Kvindelige rollemodeller skal hjælpe pigerne med at bryde koden

Amelia Reimer Borregaard, Rikke Hagensby Jensen & Olav Geil


8 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Girls' Day in Science indslag

Amelia Reimer Borregaard


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Ritzau Plus: Mikroplastik på strande bekymrer naturfolk

Jes Vollertsen


45 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media