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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Research in the river

11 scientists and 300 kilometers of river: impressions of three weeks of sampling in the entire river network of the Vjosa in Albania.

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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
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RESI

RESI assesses, evaluates and visualizes the actual as well as potential services to the human society provided by ecosystems of rivers and their floodplains. 
Contact person
Martin Pusch
Simone A. Beichler
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
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

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