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River Ecology and Conservation

Research projects

Ongoing and completed research projects of the Department of River Ecology and Conservation.

 

Recent research projects

LTER site: Rhine-Main-Observatory
Duration: 2007 - ∞

eLTER H2020 - European Long-Term Ecosystem and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure
Supported by: EU, H2020
Duration: 06/2015 - 11/ 2019

Silva Gabreta Monitoring
Supported by: EU, Interreg
Duration: 04/2016-03/2019

Utilizing environmental genomics to study multiple agricultural stressor impacts on stream invertebrates and ecosystem functions
Supported by: German Science Foundation (DFG)
Duration: 10/2019 - 09/2022

Stream monitoring in the Bavarian Forest National Park
Supported by: Bavarian Forest National Park
Duration: 05/2019 - 04/2026

 Completed research projects:

Assisted migration of river benthic invertebrates in the Rhine-Main Region
Supported by: Stiftung Flughafen Frankfurt/Main für die Region
Duration: 11/2013 - 12/2018

Advance_eLTER - Advancing the European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure towards ESFRI
Supported by: EU, H2020
Duration: 2016 - 2017

SYNTHESYS - Synthesis of systematic resources
Supported by: EU, 7th Frameworkprogramme
Duration: 09/2013 - 08/2017

EU BON - Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network
Supported by: EU, 7th Frameworkprogramme
Duration: 12/2012 - 05/2017

Development of an index to assess the effect of the water temperature on benthic invertebrates under climatic change
Supported by: KLIWA (co-operation project "Climate change and consequences for water management", Federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, German Weather Service (DWD))
Duration: 08/2014 – 11/2015

A new look at river-restoration projects: Impacts on rivers, floodplains and human communities
Supported by:  Kurt-Lange-Foundation, Sparkassen Foundation Gelnhausen, Hessian Nature Protection Foundation (Stiftung Hessischer Naturschutz), German Environment Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)
Download: Report "A new look at river-restoration projects: Impacts on rivers, floodplains and human communities" (only in German)
Duration: 12/2012 – 05/2015

Requirements for a measurement and evaluation system to detect climate-induced changes in riverine ecosystems
Funded by: KLIWA (co-operation project "Climate change and consequences for water management", Federal states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, German Weather Service (DWD)).
Duration 05/2012 - 07/2013

Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring
Supported by: European Union (EU Life+)
Duration: 01/2010 - 12/2013 (16 partners from 10 EU-states)

Efficiency criteria and optimization strategies for ameliorating the morphology of severely modified watercourses: Definition of targets and actions for hydraulic power generation, shipping, agriculture and municipalities: Development of novel strategies for the optimization and the control of the performance of stream restoration efforts
Supported by: German Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA)
Duration: 10/2010 - 09/2013

Integrated modelling of the response of aquatic ecosystems to land use and climate change in the Poyang lake region, China
Supported by: German Science Foundation (DFG)
Duration: 04/2010 - 03/2013 
 
Principles of recolonization in rivers: Dispersal and establishment of benthic invertebrate communities
Supported by: German Science Foundation (DFG)
Duration 2009 - 2012    

Climate change influence on the ecological quality of streams
Literature review and vulnerability analysis
Supported by: KLIWA (Kooperationsvorhaben "Klimaveränderung und Konsequenzen für die Wasserwirtschaft", der Länder Bayern, Baden-Württemberg und Rheinland-Pfalz, DWD).
Duration: 05/2009 – 03/2010

Establishment of the Rhine-Main-Observatory

Large-scale ecological long-term research in a high density area
Supported by: Stiftung Flughafen Frankfurt/Main für die Region (FK 18/06)

Duration: 2007-2010 (Phase 1)

 

Improvement of biological assessment methods for a harmonized implementation of the Water Framework Directive.
Supported by: Umweltbundesamt (UBM)

Duration: 2007 - 2010 

 

Comparative phylogeography of montane aquatic insects: re-evaluating hypotheses of Pleistocene refugia and persistence for cold-tolerant aquatic insects
Supported by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Duration: 2007 - 2010 
 

Effects of climate change on the biological quality of streams in Hesse, Germany
Supported by: Fachzentrum Klimawandel Hessen am HLUG
Duration: 09/2009 - 11/2010

Evaluation of restoration measures in running waters - A model for implementing efficient water protection methods on a national scale
Supported by: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz
Duration: 01.04.2007 - 31.03.2009 

Audit of benthic invertebrate samples from running waters
Supported by: Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie
Duration: 2007 - 2008

Species and biotope protection concept for the Spessart region
Supported by: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
Duration: 01.06.2005 - 31.05.2009

Options for improving biodiversity in regulated river sections
Supported by: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) und Lennart-Bernadotte-Stiftung
Duration: 2007-2008

Messel Pit Fossil Site – Biodiversity today 
Supported by: Stiftung Flughafen Rhein/Main für die Region
Duration: 2006-2008

Pilot study: Testing a hair trap method for recording wildcats (Felis silvestris 
Supported by: Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz.
Duration: 2006 - 2007  

EU-Project STAR: Standardisation of River Classifications: Framework method for calibrating different biological survey results against ecological quality classifications to be developed for the Water Framework Directive
Supported by: EU-Project 

Duration: 01.01.2003-31.12.2004

 

Validation of the German stream typology: expansion of the existing data base and harmonization of assessment methods of several research projects on benthic macroinvertebrates in the context of the European Water Framework Directive (Module benthic macroinvertebrates)
Supported by: Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser (LAWA) 

Duration: 01.04.2002 - 31.01.2004

 

Standardisation of sampling methods and analysis of benthic macroinvertebrate surveys in rivers
Supported by: Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser (LAWA) 

Duration: 01.04.2002 - 31.01.2004

 

Application and testing of recently developed methods for assessing streams ("practice testing",Macroinvertebrates)
Supported by: Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser (LAWA) 

Duration: 01.01.2004 - 31.12.2004 

 

Extension and adaptation of the national assessment system for benthic invertebrates to international requirements
Supported by: Umweltbundesamt (UBA) 

Duration: 01.04.2002 - 31.01.2006 

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