Environmental Change

Lakes and rivers react extremely sensitively to climate change and environmental changes. As such, they act as an early warning system for global ecological change. Our long-term programmes at Lake Stechlin and the lake Müggelsee, as well as on the River Spree and the River Tagliamento in Italy document the consequences of this change. Data spanning several decades enables us to forecast how freshwaters will develop under certain scenarios. In the LakeLab, our globally unique experimental facility in Lake Stechlin, we simulate the impact that changing environmental conditions (e.g. extreme weather events or the increasing use of artificial lighting) have on lakes and aquatic organisms.

Vice versa, freshwaters also have an impact on climate change. They have the ability to store or release large quantities of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. We investigate which conditions influence these processes and what role is played by rivers, lakes and wetlands in the global carbon cycle.

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Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Artificial lighting at night could be another reason for declining insect populations.
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When Lakes Start to Sweat

Rising temperatures are a threat to the balance of lakes. In a new IGB Dossier, researchers provide a summary of the changes that lakes are already undergoing and of the scenarios that are likely to occur.  

Related Projects

BaltRap

The Baltic Sea and its southern Lowlands: proxy – environment interactions in times of Rapid change
Contact person
Michael Hupfer
Department
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
05/2017
End
01/2020
Topic

IWRM Joint Research Project MoMo III

The MoMo III project works towards the development and implementation of an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for a Mongolian model region.
Contact person
Jürgen Hofmann
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
06/2015
End
05/2018
Topic

Sulphate in River Spree and Lake Müggelsee

Scientific investigations in mining landscape on the example of the problem "Brown Spree". Long-term development of sulphate concentration in the Spree and Müggelsee ...
Contact person
Jörg Gelbrecht
Thomas Rossoll
Department
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
05/2015
End
12/2020

Experts at IGB

Rita Adrian

Head of Department
Working group
Long-term and Climate Impact Research of Lake Ecosystems

Stella A. Berger

Research Group Leader
Working group
Experimental Phytoplankton Ecology

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