(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
The overarching objective of research conducted in Department 1 is to identify fundamental physical and biogeochemical mechanisms occurring in flowing waters and lakes. We focus in particular on processes in/at aquatic interfaces and on transport and turnover between water and land. Such interfaces, or transitional zones, are particularly reactive or ecologically sensitive zones, e.g. between surface and ground water, between rivers and their riverbeds, between aquatic plants and the surrounding water, between lakes and their sediment, and even within water bodies such as in the stratification of lakes separating the epilimnion from the hypolimnion. We seek to gain a better understanding of aquatic ecosystems and to find innovative ways to manage inland waters.