Studying the chemical-physical habitat conditions and characteristics of freshwater ecosystems together with the biological demands of organisms leads to an integrative understanding of complex ecological relationships. Taxa knowledge (algae, floodplain vegetation, benthos, and fish) in combination with profound knowledge of autecological demands forms the basis for the assessment of indicator species and the functioning and integrity of ecosystems. At the same time, this knowledge is a precondition for meeting the challenges of restoration ecology and the management of complex aquatic ecosystems. All disciplines necessary for an interdisciplinary approach (biology, ecology, landscape planning, environmental engineering, statistics, modeling, system analysis, GIS, water management, law, history, geography) are represented in the institute’s team.

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