Research for the Environment

Middle Mulde River Basin

Einzugsgebiet der mittleren Mulde

The catchment area of the middle River Mulde (2,700km²) is situated in the western part of the German state of Saxony, in the loess region. It is located in the area between the Pleistocene lowlands made up of glacial and glaciofluvial sediments to the north, and the northern edge of the Erzgebirge basin to the south. The area contains a diverse geological substratum but has a uniform character mainly due to the recent Aeolian sediment cover, the loesses and sandy loesses from the Weichselian glacial period.

The area under investigation can be divided into natural areas with sandloess, loess parabraunerde and loess pseudogley, and into parts of the neighbouring Pleistocene lowland with glacial sands in the north and the Erzgebirge basin and the eastern Erzgebirge with mountain soils in the south. The average annual precipitation in the catchment area varies between 577 and 770 mm/yr. Land use is predominantly agricultural. Relief in the north is characterised by slope gradients of less than 11, in the south slope gradients of over 51 can be found where the rivers cut into the bedrock. The Mulde river basin has been affected several times by floods, with a catastrophic event in 2002.


1.) "Ecological research in the riverine landscape of the River Elbe".
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). FKZ: 0339586.
Duration: 1998-2001.
Objectives of the studies within the project:
Meso-scale estimation of nitrogen input from point- and non-point sources into the water bodies of the Middle Mulde River Basin.
Contact: Antje Ullrich
Former colleague: Dr. Ulrike Hirt

2.) "FLOODMED" - Monitoring, forecasting and best practices for FLOOD Mitigation and prevention in the CADSES region. - EU Community Initiative INTERREG III CADSES Duration: 2006-2008 Project homepage
Objectives of the studies within the project:
- Compilation of existing and future monitoring networks and flood protection measures within the basin.
- Simulation of the impact of land use on the water balance using SWAT
- Hydro-dynamic modelling in a selected study using TRIMR3D
- Linkage of SWAT and TRIMR3D
Contact: Martin Steinert, Prof. Dr. Martin Volk

SLfUG - Saxonion Authority for the Environment and Geology, State Flood CentreLfUG
UBG - Environmental Operation Service
International partners: See project homepage.


Press & Media

Recent Publications

Beckmann, M., Bruelheide, H., Erfmeier, A., (2014):
Local performance of six clonal alien species differs between native and invasive regions in Germany and New Zealand
Austral Ecol. 39 (4), 378 - 387

Beckmann, M., Václavík, T., Manceur, A.M., Šprtová, L., von Wehrden, H., Welk, E., Cord, A.F., (2014):
glUV: a global UV-B radiation data set for macroecological studies
Methods Ecol. Evol. 5 (4), 372 - 383

Bonumá, N.B., Rossi, C.G., Arnold, J.G., Reichert, J.M., Minella, J.P., Allen, P.M., Volk, M., (2014):
Simulating landscape sediment transport capacity by using a modified SWAT model
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 55 - 66

Brosinsky, A., Lausch, A., Doktor, D., Salbach, C., Merbach, I., Gwillym-Margianto, S., Pause, M., (2014):
Analysis of spectral vegetation signal characteristics as a function of soil moisture conditions using hyperspectral remote sensing
J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 42 (2), 311 - 324

Cerro, I., Antigüedad, I., Srinavasan, R., Sauvage, S., Volk, M., Sanchez-Perez, J.M., (2014):
Simulating land management options to reduce nitrate pollution in an agricultural watershed dominated by an alluvial aquifer
J. Environ. Qual. 43 (1), 67 - 74