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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“Fencing in is not an option”

Freshwaters play a central role when it comes to recreational activities. Markus Venohr and Christian Wolter are investigating how such activities affect the ecosystems of lakes and rivers in the new AQUATAG project.

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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

MadMacs

mass-development of aquatic vegetation in lake Müggelsee, Berlin
Contact person
Jan Köhler
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
02/2019
End
01/2022
Topic

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M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Flyer

A quick overview about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture. The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

M.Sc. Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Arrival and Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about the International Master Program in Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture! The program is jointly coordinated by the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Institute of Inland Fisheries in Potsdam Sacrow.

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.

Experts at IGB

Robert Arlinghaus

Research Group Leader
Working group
Integrative Recreational Fisheries Management

Jörn Gessner

Research Group Leader
Working group
Reintroduction of the European Sturgeon to Germany

Michael Hupfer

Head of Department a.i.
Working group
Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Martin Pusch

Research Group Leader
Working group
Functional Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lake Shores

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