The urban harvest approach as framework and planning tool for improved water and resource cycles

I. Leusbrock*, T.A. Nanninga, K. Lieberg, C. Agudelo, K.J. Keesman, G. Zeeman, H. Rijnaarts

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Water and resource availability in sufficient quantity and quality for anthropogenic needs represents one of the main challenges in the coming decades. To prepare for upcoming challenges such as increased urbanization and climate change related consequences, innovative and improved resource management concepts are indispensable. In recent years we have developed and applied the Urban Harvest Approach (UHA). The UHA proposes to model and quantify the urban water cycle on different temporal and spatial scales. This approach allowed us to quantify the impact of the implementation of water saving measures and new water treatment concepts in cities. In this paper we will introduce the UHA and present for urban water cycles. Furthermore, we will show first results for an extension to energy cycles and highlight future research items (e.g., nutrients, water-energy-nexus). Key words | Resource cycles, Water management, Water-Energy Nexus, Decision-Support
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998-1006
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • water availability
  • water management
  • resource management
  • innovations
  • urbanization
  • waste water
  • water use
  • water security
  • resource conservation
  • water conservation
  • urban areas


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