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Scales, key aspects, feedbacks and challenges of ecohydrological research in Germany

  • Ecohydrology analyses the interactions of biotic and abiotic aspects of our ecosystems and landscapes. It is a highly diverse discipline in terms of its thematic and methodical research foci. This article gives an overview of current German ecohydrological research approaches within plant-animal-soil-systems, meso-scale catchments and their river networks, lake systems, coastal areas and tidal rivers. It discusses their relevant spatial and temporal process scales and different types of interactions and feedback dynamics between hydrological and biotic processes and patterns. The following topics are considered key challenges: innovative analysis of the interdisciplinary scale continuum, development of dynamically coupled model systems, integrated monitoring of coupled processes at the interface and transition from basic to applied ecohydrological science to develop sustainable water and land resource management strategies under regional and global change.

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Author:Eva Nora Müller, Loes van Schaik, Theresa BlumeORCiD, Axel BronstertORCiDGND, Jana CarusORCiDGND, Jan H. Fleckenstein, Nicola FohrerORCiDGND, Katja Geissler, Horst H. GerkeORCiD, Thomas Gräff, Cornelia Hesse, Anke Hildebrandt, Franz Hölker, Philip Hunke, Katrin Körner, Jörg Lewandowski, Dirk Lohmann, Karin Meinikmann, Anett SchibalskiORCiDGND, Britta Schmalz, Boris Schröder-EsselbachORCiDGND, Britta Tietjen
ISSN:1439-1783 (print)
Parent Title (German):Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung
Publisher:Bundesanst. für Gewässerkunde
Place of publication:Koblenz
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2014
Year of Completion:2014
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:Coastal regions; drylands; ecohydrological modelling; feedback; hyporheic zone; meso-scale ecosystems; plant-animal-soil-system; river networks
First Page:221
Last Page:240
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert