Schanze, J., A. Olfert, J.T. Tourbier, I. Gersdorf and T. Schwager
A comprehensive understanding of urban river rehabilitation and design is the objective of the research project “Urban River Basin Enhancement Methods” (URBEM; cf. Bettess et al., in prep.) funded by the European Commission under the 5th Framework Programme, Key Action 4 “City of tomorrow and cultural heritage“. It includes an investigation on the current state of urban river enhancement as well as the development of new tools, innovative techniques and improved procedures to enhance water courses in urban areas. These tools should provide planning assistance for the differing, multi-functional uses of urban water courses and their adjacent communities across Europe. They are aimed at assisting decision makers in sustainable management of urban rivers. Altogether, the URBEM research project builds up a comprehensive framework to facilitate urban water course rehabilitation and enhancement in Europe. Based on this it includes training and briefing modules, to the public, professionals and environment authorities.