Euro-limpacs (Integrated Project to Evaluate the Impacts of Global Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems)

Freshwater ecosystems, already under stress from land-use change and pollution, now face additional pressures from climate change, directly and through interaction with other drivers of change. Euro-limpacs is concerned with the science required to understand and manage the ecological consequences of these interactions. The Project integrates river, lake and wetland ecosystem science at the catchment scale. It focuses on the key drivers of aquatic ecosystem change (land-use, nutrients, acid deposition and toxic substances) and examines their interactions with global, especially climate, change using time-series analysis, space-for-time substitution, palaeolimnology, experiments and process modelling. A unified system of ecological indicators for monitoring freshwater ecosystem health, and new methods for defining reference conditions and restoration strategies will also be developed.

Leitung: Nickus, Ulrike

MitarbeiterInnen: Thies, Hansjörg (Institut für Ökologie)

Laufzeit: 2004 - 2009

Kooperationspartner: University College London; Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC); National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Freshwater Ecology; University of Duisburg-Essen, Centre for Microscale Ecosystem, Institute of Hydrobiology, Essen; University of Reading, Aquatic Environments Research Centre (AERC); ALTERRA Green World Research, Team of Freshwater Ecology, Wageningen; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; NERC Wallingford, NERC; u.v.m.

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