Use & Management

Freshwaters are used in many ways: as a drinking water supply, for industrial transportation and for recreation. All these functions, also referred to as ecosystem services, can only be ensured if rivers and lakes are in a good ecological state. Since its introduction in 2002, the Water Framework Directive has called for just that. And yet water is a scarce resource in many regions of the world. The growing pressure caused by mining, industry, hydroelectric power production and agriculture affects water quality and the passage of freshwaters. At IGB, we develop concepts for the future-oriented management of freshwater resources for the welfare of humans and nature. We investigate how anthropogenic influences affect freshwaters, and how lakes, flowing waters and wetlands can be used sustainably and revitalised efficiently.

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MARS

Our surface and groundwaters struggle with a variety of different pressures, like water shortage, flow regulation, straightening or sediment and nutrient loading. The project MARS analyses how the combination of these stressors impacts aquatic ecosystems and their functions.
Contact person
Markus Venohr
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Start
03/2014
End
02/2018
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SMART

The SMART Joint Doctorate focuses on the core areas of natural and engineering sciences relevant to the sustainable management of river systems from their headwaters to estuaries. SMART aims to provide education and research at PhD level by offering a 3-year programme within the Erasmus Mundus action. It adopts a multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach that integrates relevant aspects of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, including relevant theory, monitoring and modelling.
Contact person
Ina Severin
Franz Hölker
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
10/2011
End
10/2018
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Bridging in Biodiversity Science - BIBS

BIBS is a BMBF project for biodiversity data collection and synthesis in Germany
Contact person
Mark Gessner
Hans-Peter Grossart
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
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12/2016
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