Protecting Baltic Sea from untreated wastewater spillages during flood events in urban areas
Interreg Baltic Sea Region NOAH
Better urban planning, better control of the urban drainage system, shared knowledge in the Baltic Sea region.
Tallinn University of TechnologyTalTech (EE) is the Lead Partner of NOAH with vast experience of international projects and a strong research group in environmental engineering. The team consists of Nils Kändler, Ivar Annus and Katrin Kaur (from the left in the photo) as well as Anatoli Vassiljev and Liina Kotkas.
Satakunta University of Applied SciencesSAMK (FI) is responsible for the communication of the NOAH project, ensuring smooth cooperation between the project partners, associated organizations as well as stakeholders throughout NOAH's lifespan. The team consists of Minna Keinänen-Toivola, Hanna Rissanen (in the photo) and Leila Tasku.
Gdansk University of TechnologyGUT (PL) is one of the experts of environmental engineering in the NOAH project with profound academic experience in the technical, economic and environmental aspects of urban runoff management. The team consists of Magdalena Gajewska and Piotr Zima.
City of RakvereRakvere (EE) is one of the partner towns and pilot areas of the NOAH project. They will lead the data acquisition from urban drainage systems and share knowledge on smart city solutions. The team consists of Erkki Leek and Angeelika Pärna.
Liepaja municipal authority "Komunālā pārvalde"Liepaja(LV) is one of the partner towns of the NOAH project and serves as one of the pilot areas and shares experience in mitigating the effects of high sea water levels and untreated wastewater spillages. The team consists of Mārtiņš Herbsts and Egils Muižulis.
Natural Resources Institute Finland LUKELUKE (FI) is one of the research institutions in the NOAH project. Luke is specialized in environmental monitoring and has strong competence in environmental risk assessment. The team consists of Marja-Liisa Vieraankivi and Virpi Vorne.
Estonian Waterworks Association EVELEVEL (EE) is one of the umbrella organizations of water companies in NOAH. EVEL has vast knowledge in the field of water operators and they will provide network input and disseminate the results of NOAH. The team consists of Irina Vahtra, Marju Murumets and Pille Aarma.
City of PoriPori (FI) is one of the partner towns and pilot areas of the NOAH project. Pori has profound knowledge on river flood control and on sustaining runoff water quality in case of high water levels. In addition, Pori has special expertise on assessing the risk of ice-blockages and protecting urban areas by dikes. The team consists of Taina Koivisto, Pekka Vuola (in the photo) and Aleksi Siirtola.
Halmstad UniversityHalmstad University (SE) is the expert of knowledge and risk management in the NOAH project. With excellent competence in environmental impact assessment, they are in charge of evaluating the consequences of climate scenarios focusing on extensive runoff and discharge. The team consists of Susanne Durst, Sylvia Waara and Pia Ulvenblad.
Economic Chamber Polish Waterworks IGWPIGWP (PL) is one of the umbrella organizations of water companies in the NOAH project. IGWP has vast knowledge in the field of Polish water utilities and an extensive cooperation network in the Baltic Sea region. IGWP distributes the results and achievements of NOAH and supports municipalities in including the new solutions into their everyday planning processes. The team consists of Natalia Przepierska and Klara Ramm.
Riga Technical UniversityRTU (LV) is one of the academies in the NOAH project with high experience in data management and hydrodynamic modelling. In NOAH, RTU leads the process of validating and generalizing the test results of reducing urban runoff-driven water quality impairments. The team consists of Maris Kalinka, Andrejs Zubanics, Marta Zemite and Janis Rubulis.
Ogre municipalityOgre (LV) is one of the partner towns and pilot areas of NOAH. Ogre shares their experience in mitigating high water level impacts on urban drainage systems and untreated wastewater spillages. Ogre also tests automate hydrological stations and provides data for the Real Time Control implementation. The team consists of Liene Zilina and Edgars Parpucis.
Slupsk Water SupplySlupsk Water Supply (PL) is one of the water companies in the NOAH project. Slupsk Water Supply has competence in urban drainage planning with special emphasize on separating stormwater from wastewater systems. In NOAH, they lead the process of increasing institutional capacity of urban run-off management, aiming for reducing wastewater spillages. The team consists of Robert Zmuda-Trzebiatowski, Jolanta Fracka and Remigiusz Lyszyk.
Technical University of DenmarkDTU (DK) is the leading academy investigating real time controlling of the urban drainage systems in Europe. In NOAH, DTU shares their expertise of Real Time Control algorithms and leads the process of RTC modelling and model based data validation. The team consists of Morten Borup and Jonas Wied Pedersen.
Jurmalas Udens LtdJurmalas Udens Ltd (LV) is one of the water companies in the NOAH project. Jurmala has special knowledge on river-sea interactions and their effects on urban drainage systems. In NOAH, Jurmalas Udens will share their experience in mitigating high water level impacts on urban drainage network and bring hands-on practical experience into developing NOAH control measures. The team consists of Zanda Kocere-Vika, Aivars Kamarūts and Kristīne Bendža.
Municipality of SöderhamnSöderhamn (SE) is one of the partner towns and pilot areas of NOAH. Söderhamn has vast competence in urban planning and risk level monitoring regarding extreme weather events. In the project, Söderhamn leads the process of creating better urban planning and enhanced risk mitigation. The team consists of Camilla Bergström, Ingemar Olofsson, Margareta Örn-Liljedahl (in the photo) and Maria Svensson.
Current news & events
Taking control of the Urban Drainage System– 10/2019
PL: Kierunek WodKan periodical 1/2020, 27 February 2020:
NOAH na pomoc morzu
EE: Äripäev (Business) newspaper, 5 March 2020:
Õppimine kiirelt arenevas ehitusvaldkonnas pakub põnevaid väljakutseid
EE: Inseneeria (Engineering) magazine, 28 May 2020:
Mida teha, kui tänavad muutuvad mägijõgedeks? Probleemile otsib lahendust NOAH
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FI: Ympäristö ja Terveys (Environment and Health) magazine 4/2020, 28 May 2020:
Tulvanhallintayhteistyöllä uusia keinoja Itämeren saastekuorman vähentämiseksi
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ENG: Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology, Vol. 69, Issue 3, May 2020:
Kändler, N.; Annus, I.; Vassiljev, A.; Puust, R. Real time controlled sustainable urban drainage systems in dense urban areas.
PL / ENG: Video by Slupsk Water Supply depicting the effects of climate change and giving an insight into the aims and actions of NOAH, 07/2019
SE: Helahälsingland, 10 May 2019
Projekt för att stoppa översvämningar flyter på – viktigt besök från Tallinn: “En jättegivande dag”
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FI: Ympäristö ja Terveys (Environment and Health) magazine 3/2019, April 2019
Tulvahallintayhteistyöllä vähennetään Itämeren saastekuormaa
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ENG: Press release, 18 February 2019
Flood control in Baltic Sea cities provides tools for cleaner Baltic Sea
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More about NOAH
Floods causing inflows of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
Effective control of the stormwaters in urban areas is one of the biggest environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea region as climate change brings along intense rainfalls and storms. Urban drainage systems are not capable to handle the floods, which rises the risk of flushing untreated wastewater from urban drainage systems into the nature. This is harmful to people and environment due to the excessive amount of nutrients, hazardous substances and pathogenic microbes in wastewater.
Holistic planning and smart drainage systems
Urban areas can be prepared for floods by improved planning and self-adaptive drainage operations. NOAH project brings together nine towns and water utilities, seven academic and research institutions and two umbrella organisations from six countries around the Baltic Sea to join their forces.
NOAH’s approach is to create a concept for holistic planning and implement smart drainage systems in real urban environments. Holistic solutions combine stormwater management with spatial planning. This is followed by development of smart drainage systems to make the existing facilities resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea
The NOAH concept will be easily scalable to any urban area around the Baltic Sea. Implementation of the concept could cut up to half of the inflow of pollutants into the Baltic Sea. The activities will be anchored into daily practices of towns and water utilities, leading to healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea!
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