Dr. Christian Urich

Dr. Christian Urich

Lecturer in Water Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 121, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus

Christian is a Lecturer with Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering, and part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, working in close collaboration with economists, urban designers and social scientists. He is leading interdisciplinary work to develop decision support and benchmarking tools that integrate the biophysical, social and economic dimensions of a city’s integrated urban water system to inform adaptive policy planning.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences , University of Innsbruck
  • Diplom-Ingenieur (MSE), University of Innsbruck


Decision support tools for integrated urban management

Development of the next generation decision support models for integrated urban management that are capable of considering the urban form and water infrastructure as an integrated system, as well as understanding the influence of the socio-economic dynamics in how these systems evolves

Deep uncertainties

Development of methods and tools to support decision making under deep uncertainties such as climate change and urban development.

Complex infrastrucutre systems

Understanding of urban water infrastructure systems as complex evolving systems

Research Projects

Current projects

Wellcome Trust funded Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program - Flood Modelling

Assessment of the effectives of water sensitive urban design to mitigate flood risk in informal settlements

CRC Water Sensitive Cities TAP: Tools and Products Subprogram

The aim of the Tools and Products (TAPs) subprogram is to enable industry adoption and utilisation of key intellectual property (IP) outputs from the CRCWSC research program to support mainstreaming of water sensitive technologies and practices. Building on the research outputs and tools developed in the CRCWSC Tranche 1, the TAP subprogram maintains, refines and harmonises the portfolio, and integrates research and outputs emerging from Tranche 2 activities.

CONQUAD: Consequences of adaptation: Assessing multi-benefits and challenges in the transfer to more resilient and sustainable urban water

The aim of this project is to assess the multi-benefits and challenges in the transfer to more resilient and sustainable urban water systems.

AIC Strategic Research Project: Developing leapfrogging pathways towards water sensitive cities

This strategic research project aims to develop socio-technical pathways for leapfrogging Australian and Indonesian cities towards water sensitivity through interdisciplinary research. Responsible for the delivery of the overall project, leading Sub-Project 3 Modelling Socio-Technical Pathways.

Past projects

Visualising Future Resilient Cities

This project takes an interdisciplinary approach to develop a next-generation decision-support platform and accompanying stakeholder engagement processes that enable interactive exploration of virtual city environments under many different future scenarios.

CRC Water Sensitive Cities D6.2: Socio-technical modelling tools

Water Sensitive Cities Index for benchmarking the resilience, sustainability, liveability and productivity of a city’s urban water system. Responsible for the delivery of the civil engineering contribution to the project in the form of an online tool to assess the water sensitivity of Australian cities, involving leadership of a team of 3 research assistants and contribution to the overall framework development.

Framework for an integrated decision support tool for energy, water, and transport in a smart city

Explores the potential of an urban modelling platform across Monash University, with the aim of developing a future ARC Discovery grant application.

Journal Publications

Shen P.,  Deletic, A., Urich, C., GI Chandrasena, McCarthy, D.T., (2018) Stormwater biofilter treatment model for faecal microorganisms Science of The Total Environment 630, 992-1002

Löwe, R., Urich, C., Domingo, N.S., Wong, V., Mark, O., Deletic, A., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., (2018) Evaluating Flood Risk under Non-stationary Climate and Urban Development Conditions – A Scenario-Neutral Experimental Setup Environmental Modelling and Software 102, 155-171

Yang S, Paik K, McGrath G, Urich C, Kruger E, Rao P.S.C. Functional Topology of Evolving Urban Drainage Networks Water Resources Research 53 (11), 8966-8979

Rauch, W., Urich, C., Bach, P.M., Brown, R., Deletic, A., Haan, F.J. de, Mair, M., Kleidorfer, M., Rogers, B., Sitzenfrei, R., (2017) Modelling transition in urban water systems. Water Research 126, 501-514

Krueger, E., Klinkhamer, C., Urich, C., Zhan, X., Rao, P.S.C., (2017). Scale-free spatial and temporal evolution of urban water networks: Evidence from a large Asian city. Physical Review E 2300, 1–12.

Löwe, R., Urich, C., Domingo, N.S., Wong, V., Mark, O., Deletic, A., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., (2017) Assessment of Urban Pluvial Flood Risk and Efficiency of Adaptation Options Through Simulations – A New Generation of Urban Planning Tools. Journal of Hydrology 550, 355-367

Burger, G., Bach, P.M., Urich, C., Leonhardt, G., Kleidorfer, M., Rauch, W., 2016. Designing and implementing a multi-core capable integrated urban drainage modelling Toolkit: Lessons from CityDrain3. Advances in Engineering Software 100, 277–289.

Urich, C., Rauch, W., 2014. Exploring Critical Pathways for Urban Water Management to Identifying Robust Strategies under Deep Uncertainties. Water Research 66, 374–389.

Urich, C., Rauch, W., 2014. Modelling the urban water cycle as an integrated part of the city – a review. Water Science & Technology 70 (11), 1857-1872.

Mair, M., Mikovits, C., Sengthaler, M., Schöpf, M., Kinzel, H., Urich, C., Kleidorfer, M., Sitzenfrei, R., Rauch, W., 2014. The application of Web-geographic information system for improving urban water cycle modelling Water Science & Technology 70 (11), 1838–1846.

Bach, P.M., McCarthy, D.T., Urich, C., Sitzenfrei, R., Kleidorfer, M., Rauch, W., Deletic, A., (2013). A planning algorithm for quantifying decentralised water management opportunities in urban environments. Water Science & Technology 68 (8), 1857.

Bach, P.M., Deletic, A., Urich, C., Sitzenfrei, R., Kleidorfer, M., Rauch, W., McCarthy, D.T., 2013. Modelling Interactions Between Lot-Scale Decentralised Water Infrastructure and Urban Form – a Case Study on Infiltration Systems. Water Resources Management 27 (14), 4845–4863.

 Urich, C., Bach, P., Sitzenfrei, R., Kleidorfer, M., McCarthy, D.T., Deletic, A., Rauch, W., (2013). Modelling cities and water infrastructure dynamics. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers 166 (5), 301–308.

Sitzenfrei, R., Urich, C., Möderl, M., Rauch, W., 2013. Assessing the efficiency of different CSO positions based on network graph characteristics. Water Science & Technology 67 (7), 1574–1580.

Urich C., Sitzenfrei R., Kleidorfer M., Rauch W., (2013). Climate change and urbanization – how should the water infrastructure be adapted? (in german):  In Österreichische Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft (65), 82-88

Kleidorfer, M.; Urich, C., Leonhardt, G.; Sitzenfrei, R.; Rauch, W. (2012): Asset management and sustainability: planning for the unknown future. In: Water Asset Management International 8/4, S. 3 – 7.

Sitzenfrei, R.; Fach, S.; Kleidorfer, M.; Urich, C.; Rauch W. (2010): Dynamic Virtual Infrastructure Benchmarking – DynaVIBe. In: Water Science and Technology: Water Supply. Vol. 10 (4), 600 – 609.

Urich, C.; Sitzenfrei, R.; Möderl, M.; Rauch, W. (2010): An agent based approach for generating virtual sewer systems. In: Water Science and Technology, Vol. 62 (5), p. 1090 – 1097

Urich, C.; Sitzenfrei, R.; Möderl, M.; Rauch W. (2010) (in german): Impact of the settlement structure on the geothermal potential of shallow aquifers. In: ÖWAV Fachheft: Geothermie, Vol 62 (5-6) p 113 – 119

Kleidorfer, M.; Moderl, M.; Sitzenfrei, R.; Urich, C.; Rauch, W. (2009): A case independent approach on the impact of climate change effects on combined sewer system performance. In: Water Science and Technology, Vol. 60(6), p. 1555-1564.

Book Chapters

Rauch, W., Bach, P.M., Brown, R., Rogers, B., Haan, F.J. de, McCarthy, D.T., Kleidorfer, M., Mair, M., Sitzenfrei, R., Urich, C., Deletic, A., Sharp, L., Westling, E., Tait, S., Ashley, R., Rychlewski, M., (2015). Enabling change institutional adaptation, in: Climate Change, Water Supply and Sanitation: Risk Assessment, Management, Mitigation and Reduction. IWA-Publishing pp. 353–374.

Sitzenfrei, R., Kleidorfer, M., Meister, M., Burger, G., Urich, C., Mair, M., Rauch, W., (2014). Scientific Computing in Urban Water Management, in: Hofstetter, G. (Ed.), Computational Engineering. Springer International Publishing, pp. 173–193.


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