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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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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LandScales

LandScales (Connecting processes and structures driving the landscape carbon dynamics over scales) integrated the aquatic and terrestrial perspectives of landscape carbon dynamics within a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment, by characterising structures, processes, and fluxes across scales.
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Katrin Premke
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
07/2012
End
06/2016
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