Project Long term protection of drinking water supply in the Volga basin by characterizing transformation and transport processes of DOC especially for winter conditions
Management Prof. Dr. Ralph Meißner (Department Soil Physics)
Processing and partner Dr. G. Ollesch (Department Soil Physics); Dr. M. Rode, Dipl. geog. A. Wagner (Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management) Russian Academy of Sciene, Institut of basic Biological Problemes, Pushchino; Lomonossov University Moscow, Departement Soil Erosion, Allrussian Research institut for Hydrotechnic and Melioration, Moscow and Kolomna
Funding BMBF
Time Period 05.07 - 04.10

Brief description

The identification of boundary conditions for DOC turnover in soil and water under Russian climate conditions, especially in winter, and the resulting differences in DOC sources and pathways into the surface water bodies is of high importance to understand the critical DOC load in surface water of Russia and the related problems in drinking water supply.
A scale overlapping approach is designed which is based on catchment monitoring and is extended with further methods. Thus,
i) lysimeters will allow general characterisation of DOC leaching and DOC forms,
ii) experimental plots are utilised to quantify soil water and DOC fluxes and
iii) the model system IWAN will be modified to evaluate potential measures to reduce the DOC input into surface waters.
The aspired link of the anticipated results with practical implementation and demonstration in a Russian research catchment in co-operation with local stakeholders and KMU will be a substantial delivery to obtain the water quality in the Volga river basin.