Ad Fontes VI
AquaKlifFrom 01/2019 to 12/2020
Principal Investigator: Carl Beierkuhnlein
Staff: Timothy Smith
Bavarian water systems are among the most important and biodiverse ecosystems in our landscape. However, they are also particularly sensitive to climate change. In the interdisciplinary project, AquaKlif project partners will investigate climatic stressors such as temperature, precipitation-related fine sediment input and varying runoff and their effects on water ecology and quality. The project will deliver solutions for the management of potential climate-related stressors to ensure the future health of aquatic ecosystems.
For more than 25 years, the Department of Biogeography at the University of Bayreuth has been studying spring water ecosystems in Upper Franconian forests as well as the characteristic plant communities growing around these swamp springs. The water chemistry of spring water - as well as certain "indicator" plant species - can be used to deduce ecological processes in the catchment area.
The aim of the subproject is to determine if and how the temperature of the springs and the indicator species growing there are related, and how the amount of rain and spring water affects the water temperature. Further spring locations in Steinwald, Oberpfälzer Wald and Bavarian Forest are included to characterize the climatic conditions of Bavarian forest landscapes.