Research for the Environment

Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt

Martina Klapputh
phone +49 391 810 9922
fax +49 391 810 9111

Brückstraße 3a
D 39114 Magdeburg, Germany

We investigate structures, processes and functions within natural aquatic ecosystems, their relevance for ecological states and ecosystem services as well as their dependence on natural factors and anthropogenic pressures. We put emphasis on scientific fundamentals for the development of management strategies, which are based on a combination of emission control, optimized structures of aquatic ecosystems and consideration of biological regulation mechanisms.

Our research serves to provide methodologies and indicators for the environmental protection and sustainable use of water resources and aquatic ecosystems under the conditions of global development and climate change. Our focus of interest are the development of concepts, models and tools for the integrative water resources management (IWRM) on catchment scales in Europe and their transfer to other regions of the world.


Recent Publications

Leibundgut, C., Blöschl, G., Borchardt, D., Bundi, U., Hansjürgens, B., Merz, B., Nobilis, F. (2015). Nachhaltige Wassernutzung in der Schweiz – NFP 61 weist Wege in die Zukunft. Gesamtsynthese im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung». vdf Hochschulverlag, Bern, 129 S.

Allard, B., Borchardt, D., Burri, P., Grigelis, A., Growitsch, C., Kalaydjian, F., Mair, R., Maisonnier, G., Pawłowski, L., Reichetseder, P., Swennen, R., Norton, M. (2014): Shale gas extraction: issues of particular relevance to the European Union. European Academies Science Advisory Council. Brussels. 16 pp.

Friese,K., Schultze,M., Boehrer,B., Büttner,O., Herzsprung,P., Koschorreck,M., Kuehn,B., Rönicke,H., Tittel,J., Wendt-Potthoff,K., Wollschläger,U., Dietze, M. and K. Rinke (2014): Ecological response of two hydro-morphological similar pre-dams to contrasting land-use in the Rappbode reservoir system (Germany). In: International Review of Hydrobiology 2014,99, 335–349, DOI: 10.1002/iroh.201301672

Karthe, D.; Chalov, S. & Borchardt, D. (2014): Water Resources and their management in Central Asia in the early 21st Century: Status, Challenges and Future Prospects. Environmental Earth Sciences. DOI:10.1007/s12665-014-3789-

Hartwig, M., Borchardt, D. (2014): Alteration of key hyporheic functions through biological and physical clogging along a nutrient and fine-sediment gradient. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1571.