812360 Ecology, restoration and conservation of aquatic and riparian vegetation

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Egger, Gregory
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


The main goal of the course will be the presentation of riparian vegetation and ecology basics, the effects of impacts and key aspects of management. In addition a special focus will be given to the description of relationships between aquatic/riparian vegetation and physical habit parameters. The course will conclude with a hands on training on process based assessment methods based on spatialtemporal analysis conducted in field. The content will be presented and discussed based on real world national and international case studies (River Drau, Lech, Danube, Kootenai-USA/CAN, Baker River-Chile, Nakdong River-South Korea). In particular the contents of the course are:
•Introduction in riparian ecosystem concept and key aspects of floodplain ecology
•Floodplain vegetation: phytocenosis, indicator species, ecology and occurrence
•Pedosphare and soil
•Plant succession and recycling
•Assessment of riparian ecosystems
•Excursion/lab in the field: recording and assessment (River Schwechat/Traismauer)
•Analysis of field data (River Schwechat)
•Riparian ecosystem modelling – Introduction and case studies

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in ecology.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- Discuss key aspects in riparian vegetation ecology and fluvial processes
- Identify indicator plants and vegetation types of riparian ecosystems
- Apply standard methods for recording and mapping vegetation and physical habitat parameters in the field and fundamentals in modelling of riparian ecosystems
- Assess the impacts due to river regulation, hydro power plants etc.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.