The core research activity of TGM WRI encompasses mainly the issues of research into and protection of the hydrosphere, with special emphasis on evaluation of selected phenomena and processes within the environment, specific anthropogenic impacts and degrees of their severity as threats to the environment.
Another extensive area of focus of research conducted by the Institute is the management of waste materials, primarily in the form of international collaboration and implementation of EU legislation, development of integrated waste management systems in the Czech Republic, collaboration in the development of methods for the determination of waste material properties, and assessment of landfills and old contaminated sites.
Other important projects include a research of water quality, aquatic environments, use of water, and development of comprehensive proposals aimed at improvement of water quality and functioning of aquatic ecosystems within the river basins of the Elbe, Morava and Odra. Scientific tasks are investigated as a part of the Science and Research programmes and other projects.
The outputs of research are published in international and Czech peer-reviewed journals.
An important place among the Institute’s activities is occupied by collaboration with universities. Employees of the Institute present numerous lectures e.g. at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague, at the Institute of Chemical Technology, the Czech University of Life Sciences, the Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Science of the Masaryk University in Brno and the Faculty of Science of the J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The Institute’s employees are members of the scientific boards at the Faculty of Civil engineering of the Czech Technical University and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences and others. They also participate in consultation and the development of dissertations and theses.
University students can take advantage of various open days and internships at the Institute. Employees of the Institute also apply their expertise in the form of education provided to employees of various public authorities and the professional public (e.g. lectures on the application of extensive water treatment technologies, presentations on issues of the management of flood risks, etc.). The Institute also organizes sampling practice courses.