Environmental Physics

The research of the Environmental Physics group focuses on environmental fluid mechanics and physical limnology. We investigate how water flows in aquatic ecosystems are generated, how they interact with organisms, transport material and affect biogeochemical transformations.

Within the group, the Stream Biogeochemistry  Team focuses on interactions among physical, chemical and biological elements of river ecosystems that organize stream biogeochemistry across scales (mainly Nitrogen and Carbon).

Our interdisciplinary research projects range from analyses of individual swimming organisms to the quantification of global biogeochemical cycles. With our findings we contribute to the understanding of how water systems are affected by climate change and how water resources management can be improved to provide sustainability and to maintain biodiversity. Founded in 2008, the group consists of physicists, engineers, environmental scientists, and geoecologists.

Methane from impounded rivers

A radio feature by Rainer B. Langen, broadcasted on 17 August 2018 in the program Quarks on WDR5 (in German language). Download mp3 (5 MB)

Interactive Documentary

Impounded rivers as a source of methane: an interactive web documentary (in German language) link: interactive Webdocu

Methane Emissions from Inland Waters

Results of our cooperation with the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (in German language): Download


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