Project „SpongeCity“ on Improving urban climate change adaptation capacities by testing and promoting the ‘sponge city’ methodology on transnational level

PLUS Project leader: Assoc Prof Dr. Hermann Klug (Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS)
Total budget:  € 2.029.000,00
PLUS budget: € 185.000,00
Project duration: January 2024 – June 2026

Firefly concept image of a sponge city

A sponge city is an urban area, which has been designed to cope with excess rainfall using a variety of techniques. It mitigates/prevents urban floods by providing the area with the ability to naturally absorb the water. It reduces the extent of impermeable surfaces and increases the amount of absorbent land: green surfaces, green walls,  bioswales, inner city lakes, rain gardens, permeable pavements. Supplementing this approach with channelling and storage systems also helps to counter water shortages.

The cross-sectoral consortium involves higher educational institutions, sectoral agencies, local municipalities and water management companies to ensure that all relevant scientific, technological, infrastructural, social, and financial aspects will be taken into consideration for elaborating local water retention strategies and preparing necessary urban investments. The consortium covers the entire Danube region to support harmonised, joint capacities and data availability for climate change forecasting and vulnerability assessment to support policy making and awareness raising.


Contact: Assoc Prof Dr Hermann Klug
Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS)
Digital and Analytical Sciences (DAS)
Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS
Schillerstraße 30, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044 7561