Water and 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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OSCAR

Woody riparian buffer strips along rivers have widely been used mainly to reduce nutrient and fine sediment input from agricultural areas but potentially offer many more ecosystem services (e.g. habitat provision increasing biodiversity, shading and temperature regulation, mitigating climate change effects).
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Markus Venohr
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
03/2017
End
02/2020
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Urban Water Interfaces

DFG Research training group  
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Gunnar Nützmann
Mark Gessner
Sabine Hilt
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
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AQUACOSM

The first network connecting freshwater and marine large experimental research infrastructures.
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Jens Christian Nejstgaard
Stella A. Berger
Katharina Makower
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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

Michael Hupfer

Head of Department a.i.
Working group
Biogeochemical processes in sediments and lake management

Jörg Lewandowski

Research group leader
Working group
Ground water-surface water interactions

Gunnar Nützmann

Guest scientist
Working group
Ground water-surface water interactions

Markus Venohr

Research group leader
Working group
River system modelling

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