Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
phone +49 391 810 9922
fax +49 391 810 9111
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.