Finished projects - Aquatic Ecology

ASSESS-HKH project

The project developed scientifically-based, but applicable tools for the detection and evaluation of affected river reaches in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region.. » more

AQEM project

It serves the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and provides a system for assessing ecological quality in European streams with benthic macroinvertebrates.. » more


BioFresh is an EU-funded international project that aims to build a global information platform for scientists and ecosystem managers. » more


DESSIN demonstrates and promotes innovative solutions for water scarcity and water quality / the implementation of the Water Framework directive (WFD) and shows the value of those solutions for the water sector and society by also demonstrating a methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services (ESS) as catalyser for innovation. By this twofold approach, DESSIN will be able to demonstrate how innovative solutions in the water cycle can increase the value of the services provided by freshwater ecosystems, enabling a more informed selection of the most promising solutions in regards to their impact on the water body and their economic implications. Project Website

Euro-limpacs project

The project addresses the impact of climate change on lakes, rivers and wetlands in Europe, through the pathways temperature increase, impact on hydromorphology, eutrophication, acidification, the release of toxic substances, and invasive species.. » more

Endocrine disruption and parasites project

Recently evidence evolved that environmental compounds can interfere with the endocrine systems of wildlife and humans. Surface waters are suggested to be the main sink for these so called endocrine disruptors (ED).. » more


Developing an Integrated Model to Predict Abiotic Habitat Conditions and Biota of Rivers Application in Climate Change Research and Water Management » more


The project begins by analyzing a large scale land use and availability in the Ruhr area with a focus on Emscher Landschaftspark. » more


MARS is a research project and supports European policies, such as the Water Framework Directive,and the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources. It has two target groups: "water managers" assessing and restoring rivers and lakes; and policy makers drafting and implementing policies related to water. » more


This project is the follow-up project of EURO-LIMPACS, which will evaluate a series of specific adaptive measures that might be taken to minimise adverse consequences of climate change on freshwater quantity, quality and biodiversity. » more

Reintroduction of benthic invertebrates

Assisted migration, i.e. reintroduction, is a hot topic in river restoration science. In a pilot project for Germany, the University of Oldenburg leads a project trying to relocate whole macroinvertebrate communities from one species-rich stream to another impoverished stream. The field experiments will be conducted in three successive seasons starting in spring 2015, together with acompanied success studies. The project is funded by the LANUV NRW.


The project targets the development of guidance and tools to improve the success of river restoration measures and to make river restoration and mitigation measures more cost-effective and to support the 2nd and future River Basin Management Plans (RMBPs) for the WFD. » more

Rubicode Projekt

Rationalising Biodiversity Conservation in Dynamic Ecosystems
Biodiversity provides many services from which humans benefit, such as the provision of food, fibre and fuel, regulation of air and water quality, flood protection, pollination, control of pests, recreation and ecotourism. » more

RiverCross project

Throughout Europe there are new challenges in river management. Climate change, grand-scale water pollution, water supply problems or sea intrusion are problematic developments. » Project website

Safe Ruhr

The joint research project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the "Risk Management of Pollutants and Pathogens in the Water Cycle" initiative (RISKWA) and aims at developing a comprehensive risk-management concept for drinking water supply and a possible use of the Ruhr as bathing water. » more

Spatial and temporal aspects in river restoration

This projects tries to find answers on two current questions in river restoration science:
- What are the effects of restoration measures on the hydromorphology and biotic components of the floodplain?
-What time spans are necessary for a positive reaction of the hydromorphology and the biotic communities of the river and the floodplain?
The investigation is based on 25 restored reaches which have been sampled in 2008 and for a second time in 2013. The project is a cooperation project with the Senckenberg research institute and is funded by the DBU, the Kurt-Lange-Stiftung, the Sparkasse Gelnhausen and the Stiftung Hessischer Naturschutz.

STAR project

Framework method for calibrating different biological survey results against ecological quality classifications to be developed for the Water Framework Directive.. » more


WISER will support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) by developing tools for the integrated assessment of the ecological status of European surface waters. » more