42505 - Freshwater Restoration Ecology Modulübersicht

Module Number: 42505
Module Title:Freshwater Restoration Ecology
  Ökologie der Gewässerrenaturierung
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • apl. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Mutz, Michael
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every summer semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Students will learn to understand freshwaters as ecosystems. They will understand the basic principles of freshwater functioning and of water management. This will include the knowledge of the methods and principles of surface water quality assessment and evaluation, the main impacts on surface waters and the approaches to mitigate human impacts. Students will learn about the eco-technological approaches in water management, about rehabilitation and restoration techniques for various freshwater systems. They will know the potential and limits of restoration measures and be able to use simple modelling approaches to evaluate lake restoration measures.
Contents:Streams and rivers: Main characteristics and functioning of natural running water ecosystems, variability and stream typology, main pressures, impacts and current quality of streams and rivers, ecosystem services as target of management and restoration, restoration strategies and planning, stream system rehabilitation and its limits, measures related to connectivity, in-stream habitat enhancement, management of riparian vegetation and sustainable management of stream channels, costs and benefits of stream restoration projects, large river restoration, approaches for floodplain restoration.
Integrated approach for catchment area management: Environmental and ecological functions of natural watersheds, rehabilitation measures in the catchment.
Lakes: origin and classification, mixis, typology nutrient cycling, communities and food webs; specific features of tropical, sub-tropical and arctic lakes. Major impacts on lakes (eutrophication and algal blooms, neobiota, salinization, saprobisation, acidification, micro-organic pollutants, heavy metals). Evaluation of water quality: general concepts and EU Water Framework Directive; lake diagnosis and predictions using empirical models, technical and biological measures to influence phosphorus retention and export. Restoration of lakes.
Restoration and remediation of acidified freshwaters: Typology, waters acidified by acidic deposition, geogenically acidified mining lakes, ecological effects of acidification, restoration strategies for soft-water lakes acidified by acid deposition, remediation strategies for acidic mining lakes.
Recommended Prerequisites:11647 Freshwater Conservation and Water Resource Management  - or equivalent courses on fundamentals of freshwater eclology and impacts to freshwaters.
Mandatory Prerequisites:Successful participation at module:
  • 13298 Basics for Freshwater Management
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 4 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Excursion / 10 Hours
  • Consultation / 10 Hours
  • Self organised studies / 100 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:Materials supplied via Moodle: Lecture notes,  learning videos,  literature for additional reading, key scientific articles and book chapters.

Relevant textbooks and further reading:
  • Cooke, G.D., Welch, E.B., Peterson, S. & Nichols, S.A., 2005. Restoration and management of lakes and reservoirs. 3rd ed. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton/FL, 591 p.
  • Hupfer, M. & S. Hilt, 2008. Lake restoration. In: S.E. Jørgensen & B.D. Fath (eds.), Ecological engineering, Vol. 3 of Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier, Oxford: 2080-2093.
  • Hupfer, M., K. Reitzel, & B. Grüneberg, 2019: Methods for measuring internal loading. In: Steinman, A. & B. Spears, (eds.): Internal Phosphorus Loading in Lakes: Causes, Case Studies, and Management, J. Ross Publishing: 15-43.
  • Moss, B., 1998. Shallow lakes - biomanipulation and eutrophication, SCOPE Newsletter No. 29.
  • NALMS, 2002. Managing Lakes and Reservoirs. North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). Eds.: University of Wisconsin Press; 1. Edition (1. December 2002), 382 pp.
  • Wetzel, R.G., 2001. Limnology. Academic Press
Module Examination:Final Module Examination (MAP)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Written examination (120 minutes) at the end of the semester (MAP). Grade of the examination will be the grade of the module.
Extra points to the final exam (maximal 10% of the exam points) can be achieved through the protocol for the excursion to the River Spree and exercises delivered during the semester.
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine Prüfungsordnung
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine Prüfungsordnung
  • M.Sc. / Environmental and Resource Management (research-oriented profile) / Prüfungsordnung 2011 - 2. SÄ 2017
  • M.Sc. / Environmental and Resource Management (research-oriented profile) / Prüfungsordnung 2021
  • M.Sc. / Environmental and Resource Management (research-oriented profile) / Prüfungsordnung 2021
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management / keine Prüfungsordnung
Remarks:The class will in part follow a flipped classroom concept, supported by learning videos, other learning material and regular group consultations in presence and online as web meetings. In these meetings learned topics will be discussed and deepened. The consultations will also allow control of your learning process.
During a full day excursion by bicycles to restoration sites at River Spree near Cottbus pressures and restoration/rehabilitation measures will be demonstrated.
Module Components:In summer semester:
  • 240513 Lecture Freshwater restoration ecology 
  • 240517 Examination Freshwater restoration ecology
In winter semester:
  • 240560 Examination Freshwater restoration ecology
Components to be offered in the Current Semester:

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