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

Sustainable water management requires a systematic approach. The challenge is to find and ensure the balance between the functioning of an aquatic ecosystem and the use of resources under changing economic, demographic and climatic conditions.

The ASAM department is focused on the integrated analysis of aquatic ecosystems in which the characteristics, that are influenced by natural dynamics and anthropogenic impacts are investigated on a catchment scale. Hydro-ecological processes are studied and understood to predict developments under changing conditions, e.g. water protection measures. The information obtained from our research into the natural sciences, engineering and social sciences is brought together and transferred into concepts of integrative water resource management. Our regions of focus include various catchments across Germany and Europe as well as specific hydrologic sensitive regions around the world.

Our methods and competences cover monitoring of hydro-ecological processes along both natural and anthropogenic gradients within river catchments. Additional working topics include modelling of parameters at different scales, management of complex environmental databases and the development of environmental indicators for improving water management. With the close cooperation of numerous research partners our study results are first tested and then transferred into practice.



Recent Publications

Rode, M., Hartwig, M., Wagenschein, D., Kebede Gurmessa, T., Borchardt, D., (2015):
The importance of hyporheic zone processes on ecological functioning and solute transport of streams and rivers
In: Chicharo, L., Müller, F., Fohrer, N., (eds.)
Ecosystem services and river basin ecohydrology
Springer, Dordrecht, p. 57 - 82

Hülsmann, L., Geyer, T., Schweitzer, C., Priess, J., Karthe, D., (2015): The effect of subarctic conditions on water resources: initial results and limitations of the SWAT model applied to the Kharaa River Basin in Northern Mongolia Environ. Earth Sci. 73 (2), 581 - 592

Kirschke, S., Richter, S., Völker, J., (2015): Management-Indikatoren zur Bewertung des Umsetzungsprozesses der WRRL. Ein konzeptioneller und empirischer Beitrag In: Evers, M., Diekkrüger, B., (Hrsg.) Aktuelle Herausforderungen im Flussgebiets- und Hochwassermanagement : Prozesse, Methoden, Konzepte. Beiträge zum Tag der Hydrologie am 19./20. März 2015 an der Universität Bonn Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung 35 Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall (DWA), Hennef, S. 255 - 264

Rangel-Peraza, J.G., de Anda, J., González-Farías, F.A., Rode, M., Sanhouse-García, A., Bustos-Terrones, Y.A., (2015): Assessment of heavy metals in sediment of Aguamilpa Dam, Mexico Environ. Monit. Assess. 187 (3), art. 134

Theuring, P., Collins, A.L., Rode, M., (2015): Source identification of fine-grained suspended sediment in the Kharaa River basin, northern Mongolia Sci. Total Environ. 526 , 77 - 87

Chen, C., Börnick, H., Cai, Q., Dai, X., Jähnig, S.C., Kong, Y., Krebs, P., Kuenzer, C., Kunstmann, H., Liu, Y., Nixdorf, , Nixdorf, E., Pang, Z., Rode, M., Schueth, C., Song, Y., Yue, T., Zhou, K., Zhang, J., Kolditz, O., (2015): Challenges and opportunities of German-Chinese cooperation in water science and technology Environ. Earth Sci. 73 (8), 4861 - 4871

Kok, K., Bärlund, I., Flörke, M., Holman, I., Gramberger, M., Sendzimir, J., Stuch, B., Zellmer, K., (2015): European participatory scenario development: strengthening the link between stories and models Clim. Change 128 (3-4), 187 - 200