Research

The focus of the research at the Institute for Environmental Sciences concentrates on new anthropogenic stressors in linked ecological systems. Transition zones between ecological systems contribute substantially to the regional biodiversity and are „hotspots” for many ecological and biogeochemical processes. They provide many „ecosystem services“, like flood protection, retention and degradation of pollutants as well as the conservation of biodiversity and recreational areas, and are of high socio-economical importance. At the same time they are considered as particularly sensitive to environmental changes, e.g. by changing flooding dynamics as consequence of anthropogenic operations or global climate change.

Pronounced goal of the Institute for Environmental Sciences is the study of these interactions in interdisciplinary co-operation between the biologically, chemically, physically, geo-scientifically and sociologically aligned working groups.
 
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Land-water interactions influenced by new anthropogenic stressors is a research initiative that focusses on the influence and transformation of harmful substances and synthetic nano particles in the transition zone between land and water. It is financed by MWWBK and divided into two interdisciplinary cooperations:
 
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INTERNANO examines mobility, seasoning and functionality of nano particles in the transition zone land to water.

Participating working groups: Environmental and Soil Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences
 
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Wässerwiesen: Hydrological-ecological field station to investigate the influence of irrigation on connectivity between the river Queich and its environs.

Participating working groups: Environmental and Soil Chemistry, Environmental Physics, Environmental Sciences, Geoecology/Physical Geography, Molecular Ecology, Ecosystem Analyses, Quantitative Landscape Ecology