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

Schmidt, C.; Büttner, O.; Musolff, A.; Fleckenstein, J. H. (2014): A method for automated, daily, temperature-based vertical streambed water-fluxes. Fundamental and Applied Limnology Volume 184 Nr. 3 (2014), p. 173 - 181, DOI: 10.1127/1863-9135/2014/0548

Jäger, C. G., T. Vrede, L. Persson and M. Jansson. (2014): Interactions between metazoans, autotrophs, mixotrophs and bacterioplankton in nutrient depleted high DOC environments - a long-term experiment. Freshwater Biology 59:1596-1607

Halbedel, S. & Büttner, O. (2014) MeCa, a toolbox for the calculation of metabolism in heterogeneous streams. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

Anis, M.A., and Rode, M. 2014.: A new magnitude-category disaggregation approach for temporal high-resolution rainfall intensities. Hydrological Processes, DOI:10.1002/hyp.10227

Borchardt, D., Richter,S., Völker, J., Anschütz, M., Hentschel,A. u. A. Roßnagel (2014): Arbeitshilfe zur Prüfung von Ausnahmen von den Bewirtschaftungszielen der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie bei physischen Veränderungen von Wasserkörpern nach § 31 Absatz 2 WHG aus wasserfachlicher und rechtlicher Sicht. Umweltbundesamt, Texte 25/2014.