Research for the Environment


Limnophysik, Department Seenforschung, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ

head: Dr. Bertram Boehrer

ph.: +49 391 - 810 9441
fax: +49 391 - 810 9150

Brueckstrasse 3a
D - 39114 Magdeburg

scientific issues


Physical Limnology deals with stratification and tranport processes in lakes. From the expertise with mining lakes, the focus is on transport in highly stratified deep water, as can be found in permanently stratified water bodies such as meromictic lakes.

Observational data of stratification in and the meteorology above several mining lakes in Central Germany and Lusatia have been acquired for periods of several years, documenting the development during flooding of voids or remediation treatment of the lake. Scientific contributions have been published on the long-term prognostibility of meromixis, the interconnection of internal waves, currents and vertical mixing in deep stratified waters, density measurements avoiding or dealing with the problems of chemical stratification, and exchange flows between basins of a structured lake.

Technical support for GIS (global information system), DGPS (differential global positioning system) and mapping facilities, as well as the technical requirements for the data bank of physical, chemical and biological data are provided by the physical limnology.

Links to more groups on physics topics within UFZ in Magdeburg

Physico-chemical prozesses Department River Ecology; Martina Baborowski
modelling of rivers: Department Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis and Management Olaf Büttner
Measurements in rivers and streams: Department Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis and Management Uwe Kiwel
Relational Data Bank Systems Olaf Büttner and Margarete Tibke
Geographical Information Systems Olaf Büttner und Burkhard Kuehn

jobs and internships

publications in press

von Schiller, D., Marcé, R., Obrador, B., Gómez-Gener, L., Casas-Ruiz, J.P., Acuña, V., Koschorreck, M., (2014):
Carbon dioxide emissions from dry watercourses
Inland Waters 4 (4), 377 - 382

Schlabing, D.; Frassl, M.; Eder, M.; Rinke, K. & Bárdossy, A. Use of a weather generator for simulating climate change effects on ecosystems: A case study on Lake Constance Environmental Modelling & Software , 2014, -, doi: