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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Measuring buoys on 18 lakes

The IGB-researchers Stella Berger and Sabine Wollrab have a lot to do in the coming weeks. As part of the CONNECT project, their team is installing measuring buoys on 18 lakes in the North German lowlands.

Related Projects

GLANCE

Climate change affects not only air temperature and precipitation, but also our streams and rivers: water temperature is rising, river flow characteristics are changing, oxygen concentration is sinking, while nutrient concentrations increase. This is not without consequence for the plants and animals living in freshwaters.
Contact person
Sonja Jähnig
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
Start
08/2014
End
04/2019
Topic

CONNECT

Connectivity and synchronisation of lake ecosystems in space and time
Contact person
Stella A. Berger
Sabine Wollrab
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
05/2018
End
04/2021
Topic

VeWa

Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems
Contact person
Dörthe Tetzlaff
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
10/2013
End
03/2019
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

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