Environmental change

Lakes and rivers react extremely sensitively to climate change and environmental changes. As such, they act as an early warning system for global ecological change. Our long-term programmes at Lake Stechlin and the lake Müggelsee, as well as on the River Spree and the River Tagliamento in Italy document the consequences of this change. Data spanning several decades enables us to forecast how freshwaters will develop under certain scenarios. In the LakeLab, our globally unique experimental facility in Lake Stechlin, we simulate the impact that changing environmental conditions (e.g. extreme weather events or the increasing use of artificial lighting) have on lakes and aquatic organisms.

Vice versa, freshwaters also have an impact on climate change. They have the ability to store or release large quantities of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. We investigate which conditions influence these processes and what role is played by rivers, lakes and wetlands in the global carbon cycle.

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Storms and lakes – a critical knowledge gap

Rita Adrian and Hans-Peter Grossart from IGB, investigated the research knowledge about the effects of extreme weather on lake ecosystems and found out: We know too little – and that is a risk.
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IGB scientists in the impermanent ice

The scientists explore parasitic fungi on diatoms in the Antarctic. Their investigations could reveal unknown effects of climate change on the Antarctic food webs.
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Luc De Meester is the new director of IGB

The Belgian aquatic ecologist and evolutionary biologist Luc De Meester takes up the position as the director of IGB. We look forward to working with him!

Related Projects

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
Topic

IWRM Joint Research Project MoMo III

The MoMo III project works towards the development and implementation of an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for a Mongolian model region.
Contact person
Jürgen Hofmann
Vanessa Bremerich
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
06/2015
End
05/2018
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AQUACOSM

The first network connecting freshwater and marine large experimental research infrastructures.
Contact person
Jens Christian Nejstgaard
Stella A. Berger
Katharina Makower
Department
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
01/2017
End
12/2020
Topic

Experts at IGB

Rita Adrian

Head of department
Working group
Long-term and climate impact research of lake ecosystems

Stella A. Berger

Research group leader
Working group
Experimental phytoplankton ecology

Mark Gessner

Head of department
Working group
Ecosystem processes

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