Water & Matter Cycles

Rivers, lakes and wetlands connect the land to the sea, they are directly linked to groundwater, and regulate the global nutrient and carbon balance. Their sediments are also highly active zones that can extract nutrients and contaminants from the surface water. We explore these complex physical, hydrological, biological and chemical processes and interactions. We then use the knowledge gained to develop concepts for sustainable water management and for enhancing water quality. For example, we focus on the wetland rehydration of bogs, interactions between groundwater and surface water, the significance of riparian zones, and matter conversion in sediments.

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13 PhD positions in urban water research

The interdisciplinary research training group Urban Water Interfaces (UWI) currently offers 13 PhD positions, of which five are at IGB.
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DGL: Excellent junior researchers at IGB

Two young scientists from the IGB were awarded this year's Prize for Young Academics of the German Society for Limnology (DGL).

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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
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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

GRS-Microcluster „Signatures“

Immission and effect iron from mining regions - Dispersion mechanisms and biogeochemical signatures
Contact person
Michael Hupfer
Department
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
01/2018
End
12/2020
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Urban Water Interfaces (UWI) Research Aligned In Common Topics

Current research carried out by doctoral students within the interdisciplinary research training group "Urban Water Interfaces" (UWI), a joint initiative of TUB and IGB.

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City, country, river: modelling and managing nutrient pollution in lakes and rivers

Experts at IGB

Stella A. Berger

Research Group Leader
Working group
Experimental Phytoplankton Ecology

Jörg Gelbrecht

Head of Department
Working group
Biogeochemistry and Restoration of Peatlands

Michael Hupfer

Research Domain Speaker
Working group
Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Jörg Lewandowski

Research Group Leader
Working group
Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

Gunnar Nützmann

2nd Deputy Director a. i.
Working group
Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

Katrin Premke

Research Group Leader
Working group
Carbon Dynamics and Anthropogenic Stressors in Aquatic Systems

Markus Venohr

Research Group Leader
Working group
Nutrient Balances in River Basins

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