Project lead: Dr. Klaus Henle
Project management: Mathias Scholz
Project stuff: Christiane Schulz-Zunkel, Christiane Ilg, Hans Dieter Kasperidus, Dr. Wanda Born (Dep. Ökonomie)
Cooperation: Institut biota, Dr. Dr. Dietmar Mehl
funded by: FuE-project of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN),
FKZ 3508 85 0100
Contact person inside the BfN: Dr. Thomas Ehlert
Duration: 15. December 2008 bis 31. December 2010
Based on a first nationwide consistent and updatable inventory of the loss and status of German floodplains funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), which provided an overview of former and active floodplains in Germany (Status report of German floodplains), we have developed methods to quantify and to assess floodplain functions and services for large rivers.
In particular, four ecosystem functions and related services are studied:
- flood retention
- nutrient retention (nitrate retention via denitrification and phosphorus retention via sedimentation
- carbon stocks and carbon sinks regarding greenhouse gas emissions
- habitat function /biological diversity
Economic aspects are included (e.g. mitigation costs). The work focuses on methods and results for the assessment from available spatial information on land use and soil types as well as related proxies for 79 floodplains across Germany.