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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2024-02-29

he ProBACH project deals with the potential for renaturation and a comprehensive analysis of the impact of Wienerwald streams. In urban, climatologically and socially neuralgic areas of the city, a test flow route is designed for the sectional reactivation and recreation of an open watercourse accompanied by planting. Sections of the former river course that have been preserved in the urban morphology are described in types and serve as a basis for identifying suitable locations. For this purpose, variants of optimised solutions as well as potential obstacles, opportunities and risks are identified using the Ottakringer Bach and other Wienerwald streams as examples and verified on a test flow section. The ProBACH project is developing a concept for effective urban climate moderation and for relieving the burden on the sewage system through appropriate water management by using the open flow section, doped with the existing stream water and the roof water accumulating in the vicinity.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2024-02-29

The project objective is to ensure land conversion and resource-conserving management of species-rich green spaces (biodiversity areas) in the area of PV plants. Sustainable use strategies in the area of large-scale PV plants are analyzed. The following research questions are answered: Research question 01: How must both requirement profile and guiding functions be defined for the development of green or biodiversity areas in the area of large-scale PV plants? Research question 02: Which target uses or management strategies are suitable or expediently feasible for land conversion? Research question 03: What are the effects of different seed mixes on vegetation development (cover, species diversity, vegetation composition, emergence of undesirable species) during the project period? Research question 04: What effects can be expected from the development or transformation of agricultural land into species-rich grass-herb stands in the vicinity of PV plants in terms of biodiversity, microclimate, or other environmental factors such as soil parameters? Research question 05: How can resource-saving management of species-rich grasslands (e.g. biodiversity areas) in the area of PV plants be ensured or how can sustainable utilization strategies be developed in the area of large-scale PV plants? The findings will be published and integrated into university teaching. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-02-01 - 2024-01-31

The Danube Island, built between 1972 and 1988, is approx. 21 km long and is an artificial island between the Danube and the New Danube in the urban area of Vienna and Klosterneuburg. It is part of Vienna's flood protection system and, together with the Old and New Danube, also serves as a recreational area in the Vienna Danube region. Approximately 2 million trees and 170 ha were planted as forest for the greening. Today, the Danube Island is also a nature reserve with rare species of birds, amphibians and fish. Currently, the presence of invasive species is low in terms of area, but small-scale neophyte populations were encountered during a joint visit. If the invasive species continue to expand, native species can be displaced in a very short time and the habitats of native flora and fauna will be altered. As a consequence, the resilience of native ecosystems is also reduced. In general, control measures are associated with a considerable expenditure of resources and are not effective as a single measure. In order to prevent the further spread of invasive species on the Danube Island and to control existing populations in the long term, different measures are to be tested for their efficiency within the framework of a project.

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