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.

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Ecohydrologist Doerthe Tetzlaff is elected AGU Fellow

Doerthe Tetzlaff, head of IGB's Ecohydrology department for one year, has been honoured with the American Geophysical Union's Fellowship – as the first ever female hydrologist in Germany.
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13 PhD positions in urban water research

The interdisciplinary research training group Urban Water Interfaces (UWI) currently offers 13 PhD positions, of which five are at IGB.

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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

Urban Water Interfaces

DFG Research training group  
Contact person
Gunnar Nützmann
Mark Gessner
Sabine Hilt
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
07/2015
End
12/2019
Topic

AQUACOSM

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

MONERIS

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

Jörg Gelbrecht

Head of Department
Working group
Biogeochemistry and Restoration of Peatlands

Michael Hupfer

Research Domain Speaker
Working group
Biogeochemical Processes in Sediments & Lake Management

Jörg Lewandowski

Research Group Leader
Working group
Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

Gunnar Nützmann

2nd Deputy Director a. i.
Working group
Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

Katrin Premke

Research Group Leader
Working group
Carbon Dynamics and Anthropogenic Stressors in Aquatic Systems

Markus Venohr

Research Group Leader
Working group
Nutrient Balances in River Basins

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