Cultural Heritage and Water Management in Urban Planning

Cultural heritage protection is often related to surface- and groundwater management. This poses a threat, certainly in view of climate change and the current need to adaptation in urban water systems. NIVA and partners welcome you to a seminar on the challenges to enhance urban water management practice.

Sted: Oslo Science Park, Gaustadalleen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway
Når: 16.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

The seminar is organized by the RCN-project Urban Watch, in co-operation with "Cost Action TU1206 Sub-Urban" - A European Network to improve understanding and use of the ground beneath our cities.


Please click here for presentations from the seminar.

Costs and Registration

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Day 1, Monday March 16, 2015
COST Action TU1206 – Sub-urban
Workshop Cultural Heritage and the Urban Subsurface

CIENS building, meeting room VIA

11:00 Arrival and registration
11:30 Welcome and introduction by Hans de Beer, Vice-Chair COST Action TU1206
11:45 Short presentations by researchers and city partners
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Short presentations by researchers and city partners continues
14:45 Coffee/refreshments break
15:15 Cultural heritage and management of the subsurface
  • key challenges and conflicts
  • research needs – from physical understanding to planning and legislation
  • potential research themes and co-operation
16:30 Discussion
17:00 Summary and closure
19:00 Ice Breaker and Dinner in Oslo


Day 2, Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Seminar Cultural Heritage and Water Management in Urban Planning

CIENS building, meeting room FAROS (Toppsenter)

09:00 Arrival and registration
09:20 Welcome, In Memoriam: Ann Christensson
09:30 The Urban WATCH project – an introduction
Pawel Krzeminski (NIVA) and Tone M. Muthanna (NTNU)
09:50 Water management, cultural heritage and urban planning in the World Heritage City of Venice, Italy
Prof. Giorgio Gianighian (IUAV, Venice)
10:30 Water Management and Cultural Heritage in Urban Planning – protecting the past and planning the future
Kjell Harvold (NIBR) and Kari Larsen (NIKU)
10:50 Comparing the Netherlands and Norway; low and wet versus high and dry?
Hans de Beer (NGU)
11:10 Coffee break
11:30 Monitoring preservation conditions for organic archaeological deposits in urban areas
Henning Matthiesen (National museum of Denmark) and Michel Vorenhout (MVH Consult)
12:00 Modelling the soil-water balance at the World Heritage Site of Bryggen in Bergen.
Anna Seither (NGU)
12:20 Lunch
13:00 Water management, cultural heritage and urban planning in the World Heritage City of Bergen, Norway
Torbjørn Melle (City of Bergen) and Hans de Beer (NGU)
13:30 SUDS for archaeological heritage preservation – solutions that preserve
Floris Boogaard (Univ. of Applied Sciences Groningen and TU Delft)
13:50 Pilot study Deichmansgate Oslo,
Vision on sustainable water management for an area with vulnerable heritage buildings
Hanna Haukøya Storemyr (City of Oslo)
14:10 Coffee break
14:30 Urban water planning after Katrina and Sandy in New Orleans and Nassau County (New York) - making use of heritage and historical information to protect the present in a subsiding and water-stressed environment
Roelof Stuurman (Deltares, NL)
15:00 Practical use of the Norwegian standard for environmental monitoring of archaeological deposits, NS9451:2009
Vibeke Vandrup Martens and Rory Dunlop (NIKU)
15:30 COST Action TU1206 Sub-Urban – Water management, cultural heritage and the subsurface
Hans de Beer, Vice-Chair TU1206 (NGU)
15:50 Summary and conclusions
16:00 Closure

How to get to the venue

Venue: Oslo Science Park, Forskningsparken, Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo.
The meeting will be held in the conference centre (Ciens Toppsenter), which is in Forskningsparken. To reach Ciens Toppsenter from the main entrance, walk to the entrance of the NIVA office and take the elevator to the 5th floor. There will be people at the reception to help you with directions.

By subway (T-bane):
From the city center, take line 3, 4 or 6 in a westward direction, to Forskningsparken station. Follow the signs and the footpath to Forskningsparken.

By tram:
From the city center, take line 17 or 18 in the direction of Rikshospitalet. Get off at the Forskningsparken stop.

By bus:
Take line 23 (Lysaker-Simensbråten) and get off at the Gaustad stop. Follow the signs to Forskningsparken. It is a 10 minute walk.

By car:
Drive the Ring 3 motorway. Between Gaustad and Ullevål stadium, take the exit towards Rikshospitalet. A few hundred meters before the Rikshospitalet, follow the sign to Forskningsparken.
There is guest parking in the parkinghouse.

From the airport:
From Gardermoen airport, the easiest way is to take the bus called Nor-Way Flybussekspressen, line F3 (Gardermoen – Bekkestua). Get off at the Gaustad/Rikshospitalet stop (approx. 55 minutes). Cross the footbridge over the motorway and follow the signs to Forskningsparken building. Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express Train (Flytoget) from Gardermoen airport to the Oslo Central Station. Once there, take the subway (T-bane) line 3, 4 or 6 in a westward direction. Get off at forskningsparken station, follow the signs and the footpath to Forskningsparken.


The Urban Watch project was partly funded by the The Research Council of Norway and The Directorate for Cultural Heritage.

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Sist oppdatert 17.09.2015