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Lack of shade? Too many nutrients from adjacent fields? Modified banks? If a river or stream is not doing well, there are many possible causes, but they are sometimes difficult to detect.
Scientists from UDE have now developed a method that evaluates biological symptoms of rivers and calculates probable causes.
The platform serves to provide online calculation tools for determining the ecological quality of water bodies and is operated by Aquatic Ecology on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency.
Currently available are the methods Phytofluss (Phytoplankton), Phylib (Phytobenthos and Makropyhten), Perlodes (Makrozoobenthos) and fiBS (Fische).
The use of all services of gewaesser-bewertung-berechnung.de is free of charge.
At the moment the platform is only avalibale in German, but other languages are possible and might come in the near future.
The online platform bundles information and results from freshwater ecosystem research. It makes data freely available and is intended to stimulate new research approaches in this field. It offers a unique and comprehensive knowledge base for a sustainable and evidence-based management of our threatened freshwaters and resources. The Aquatic Ecology operates the platform together with three other European institutes.
Rothe, L.E., Botha, T.L., Feld, C.K., Weyand, M., Zimmermann, S., Smit, N.J., Wepener, V. & Sures, B. (2021) Effects of conventionally-treated and ozonated wastewater on mortality, physiology, body length, and behavior of embryonic and larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Pollution 286, 117241., link to article
Díaz-Morales, D.M., Erasmus, J.H., Bosch, S., Nachev, M., Smit, N.J., Zimmermann, S., Wepener, V. & Sures, B. (2021) Metal contamination and toxicity of soils and river sediments from the world’s largest platinum mining area. Environmental Pollution 286, 117284., link to article
Labuschagne, M., Zimmermann, S., Smit, N.J., Erasmus, J.H., Nachev, M., Sures, B. & Wepener, V. (2021) Laboratory and field studies on the use of artificial mussels as a monitoring tool of platinum exposure in the freshwater environment. Environmental Science Europe 33, 16., link to article
Honka, K.I. & Sures, B. (2021) Mutual adaptations between hosts and parasites determine stress levels in eels, link to article
Perujo, N., Brink, P.J. Van Den, Segner, H., Mantyka-Pringle, C., Sabater, S., Birk, S., Bruder, A., Romero, F. & Acuña, V. (2021) A guideline to frame stressor effects in freshwater ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment, 777, 146112, link to articleAll publications