Freshwater Ecosystems

Freshwater ecosystems offer an especially rich diversity of habitat conditions, plants and animal species. Whether forest ponds, mountain rivers or large lakes – the role of interactions between organisms that live there differ according to the type of water body involved. We explore these complex processes and interactions, including primary production, evolution, food webs, and interactions between parasites and their host.

However, ecosystems are not only habitats – humans also use them for resources, and they are being influenced and shaped by us to an ever-greater extent. For this reason, we consider humans and ecosystems within an integrated approach, rather than in isolation. For which services do we use ecosystems, and how can these be quantified? We hope that answers to questions such as these will give us a deeper understanding of ecosystems and what they signify to humans.

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Freshwater Life: Document, Understand, Protect

Online survey open until 31 October 2017: People around the globe who work or have an interest in the research and protection of freshwater biodiversity are invited to contribute their experience and know-how.
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Take off: Remote Sensing of Inland Waters

An inter-institute measuring campaign for the remote sensing of various inland waters in Saxony-Anhalt shall provide new information about this type of data collection.

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Groundwater – the disregarded component in lake nutrient budgets

Through case studies we find out how exfiltration patterns of nutrients work and identify the relevant hydrobiological and biogeochemical mechanisms at the interface aquifer-lake.
Contact person
Jörg Lewandowski
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
01/2010
End
12/2017
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AQUACOSM

The first network connecting freshwater and marine large experimental research infrastructures.
Contact person
Jens Christian Nejstgaard
Stella A. Berger
Department
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
01/2017
End
12/2020
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