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Urban Water Management for Future Cities

Technical and Institutional Aspects from Chinese and German Perspective

  • Stephan Köster
  • Moritz Reese
  • Jian'e Zuo


  • Offers a platform to understanding China featured urban water management challenges

  • Provides lessons and inspiring experiences for other fast-developing countries, via comprehensively analyzing China urban water issues

  • Raises awareness in interdisciplinary/cross-boundary/international cooperation on handling the complex urban water management challenges


Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Innovative Technologies and Implementation: Urban Planning and Urban Water Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nina Manig, Maike Beier, Karl-Heinz Rosenwinkel
      Pages 57-68
  3. Innovative Technologies and Implementation: Drinking Water Supply

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Kate Smith, Ying Liu, Shuming Liu
      Pages 71-89
    3. Stephan Küppers, Tim aus der Beek, Wenhai Chu, Bingzhi Dong, Anna Dahlhaus, Henner Hollert et al.
      Pages 91-110
  4. Innovative Technologies and Implementation: Urban Drainage and Rainwater Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Fangfang Zhao, Regina Haußmann, Johannes Pinnekamp
      Pages 113-133
    3. Marc Illgen, Holger Ackermann
      Pages 173-193
    4. Jian’e Zuo, Xiangyang Ye, Xiaoqing Hu, Zhonghan Yu
      Pages 195-231
  5. Innovative Technologies and Implementation: Wastewater Disposal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
  6. Urban Water Governance: Overarching and Methodological Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Martin Grambow, Markus Disse, Ke Chen, Hannah Patalong, Hans-Dietrich Uhl
      Pages 283-301
    3. Meiyue Zhou, Stephan Köster, Jian’e Zuo, Wu Che, Xianping Wang
      Pages 303-329

About this book


This book features expert contributions on key sustainability aspects of urban water management in Chinese agglomerations. Both technical and institutional pathways to sustainable urban water management are developed on the basis of a broad, interdisciplinary problem analysis.


urban pluvial flooding Sino-German Mega Water Project (SIGN) sustainable water infrastructure mega cities Chinese agglomerations

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephan Köster
    • 1
  • Moritz Reese
    • 2
  • Jian'e Zuo
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Sanitary Engineering and Waste ManagementLeibniz University HannoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of Environmental and Planning LawHelmholtz Centre for Environmental ResearchLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Dep of Env Science and EngrTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

About the editors

Stephan Köster, Prof. Dr. ing., is head of the Institute of Sanitary Engineering and Waste Management at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany). He has held the Chair of Urban Water Management since April 2016. Köster studied Civil Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Following his studies, he worked for several years in an engineering company, primarily in projects of international cooperation for sustainable development. He returned to RWTH Aachen University in 2000 and received his doctorate in 2004. In the year 2011 Köster joined the Hamburg University of Technology as professor, after seven years as head engineer of the Institute of Sanitary Engineering of RWTH Aachen University.

Moritz Reese, Dr. iur., is senior researcher at the Department for Enviornmental & Planning Law of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany. He is also Co-Speaker of the Governance Division of the Center for Advanced Water Research (CAWR), chairman of the European Environmental Law Forum  (EELF), editor in chief of the Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law (JEEPL), member of the editorial board of the German Journal for Environmental Law (Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht) and German rapporteur to the European Water Law Network. Since joining the Helmholtz Centre in 2008, Dr. Reese has focussed on research and consultancy in the fields of water governance, urban development and climate adaptation.

Jiane Zuo, Ph.D, is a professor and former vice-dean of the School of Environment at Tsinghua University. His research focuses on anaerobic biotechnology for organic wastewater and solid waste treatment and biogas recovery. Another important field of research is rain water collection and pollution control including sewer system evaluation and maintenance. Dr. Zuo got his bachelor degree from the Department of Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1991, got his master degree and Ph D degree from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1996. He became a teacher at Tsinghua in 1995. In 2004 he was appointed full professor at the Tsinghua University. For years, he has been leading many research projects, including the Mega Water Project in Tongzhou, which serves the demonstration implementation of the Sponge-City concept in Beijing.

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