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.

Related Projects

Taxaliste Phytoplankton O 2.17

New scientific publications about the taxonomy of small suspended algae, called phytoplankton will be implemented into an update of the German taxa list. This update is needed to ensure uniform identification and coding of indicator species used for the assessment of the ecological status of lakes and rivers in Germany.
Contact person
Ute Mischke
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
01/2017
End
01/2018
Topic

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
Topic

Factors controlling the mobilization of organic matter,

The main objective of this project is to identify the key-factors of organic matter turnover in inundated peatlands. Based on our findings we might improve our predictions regrading the restoration of degraded peatlands.
Contact person
Hendrik Reuter
Dominik Zak
Department
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
04/2014
End
08/2017
Topic

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