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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The city of tomorrow is "blue"

Much more than foul water in clogged canals: urban waters could make our cities more livable. On the World Cities Day, we have talked to IGB scientist Jörg Freyhof about how this can be achieved.
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Peatlands: at times dreadful, but above all dreadfully important

Peatland restoration plays an important role in protecting the climate and biodiversity. From 21 to 29 October 2018, Dubai hosted the “Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13)”. Researchers from IGB accompany the restoration of peatlands with their expertise.
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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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SMART

The SMART Joint Doctorate focuses on the core areas of natural and engineering sciences relevant to the sustainable management of river systems from their headwaters to estuaries. SMART aims to provide education and research at PhD level by offering a 3-year programme within the Erasmus Mundus action. It adopts a multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach that integrates relevant aspects of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, including relevant theory, monitoring and modelling.
Contact person
Ina Severin
Franz Hölker
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
10/2011
End
10/2018
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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
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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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