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

Kirschke, S., N. Hagemann. 2014. Stärkung der Wasser-Governanceforschung. Impulse aus der Forschung zum Integrierten Wasserressourcen-Management. GAIA 23 / 4: 313-317.

Seegert, J., Markova, D., Krebs, P., Borchardt, D. [Eds.] (2014). IWAS - Integrated Water Resources Management Under Different hydrological, climatic and socio-Economic conditions. Environmental Earth Sciences 72 (12), 4673-4676.

Seegert, J. Berendonk, T., Bernhofer, C., Blumensaat, F., Dombrowsky, I., Fuehner, C., Grundmann, Hagemann, Kalbacher, K., Kopinke, F. D., Liedl, R., Leidel, M.,Lorz, D., Makeschin, F., Markova, D., Niemann, S., Röstel, G., Schanze, J., Scheifhacken, N., Schuetze, N., Siebert, C., Stefan, C., Strehlitz, B., Teutsch, G., Weigelt, C., Weiß, H., Kolditz, O., Borchardt, D., Krebs, P. (2014). Integrated water resources management under different hydrological, climatic and socio-economic conditions: results and lessons learned from a transdisciplinary IWRM project IWAS. Environmental Earth Sciences 72 (12), 4677-4688.

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.