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