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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Hyporheic Zone Processes – A training network for enhancing the understanding of complex physical, chemical and biological process interactions
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Karin Meinikmann
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(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
01/2015
End
12/2018
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Investigating the impact of mixing patterns in North Italian Lake Iseo.
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01/2016
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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

Michael Hupfer

Head of Department a.i.
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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