812026 Ecology and processes of natural river systems (in Eng.)

Seminar und Exkursion
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Graf, Wolfram , Meulenbroek, Paul
Angeboten im Semester
Sommersemester 2023
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


This SX is for students interested in understanding ecology and processes of large riverine systems. This course includes an introductionary seminar, dealing with the characteristica of natural river systems. It also supports practical developments (organisation of a field campaign abroad). In the field we will focus on 3 scales (river - floodplain - catchment) and 2 biotic groups (benthic invertebrates and fish) in order to understand complex interactions and key parameters in the river systems examined. The longitudinal characteristics of the Vjosa from straight to braided channel form will be analyzed during the excursion.

Course structure
• Seminar: introduction of major concepts for riverine functioning and preparation for the excursion / fieldwork
• Excursion: 5 days excursion to River Vjosa in Albania with intensive field and lab work combined with lectures

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

• The coursesTaxonomy and ecology of benthic invertebrates (in Eng.), 812343, 812 357 Benthic Invertebrate Sampling and Monitoring, 812358 Benthic Invertebrate Status Assessment, 812344 Ecology of fish and 812355 Fish sampling and monitoring are highly recommended as pre-requisite for participation.

• Participants are expected to have potential action research topics of their own interest in mind.


After successful completion of this course, participants are able to:
• explain key characteristics of a natural river system
• understand key processes of riverine landscapes
• analyse river - floodplain - catchment interaction processes
• identify deficites of central European rivers and develop possible mitigation scenerios
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