SeeWandel-Climate: Modelling the consequences of climate change and neobiota for Lake Constance was approved

With funding from the Interreg VI programme “Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein (Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz/Liechtenstein)” and the international Lake Constance commissions IGKB (“Internationale Kommission zum Schutz des Bodensees”) and IBKF (“Internationale Bevollmächtigtenkonferenz für die Bodenseefischerei”), SeeWandel research on Lake Constance is being continued. Further information will follow.

SeeWandel project summary published

For five and a half years, researchers from seven institutes in three countries studied the influence and interaction of various stress factors such as nutrient changes, invasive species and climate change on the ecosystem of Lake Constance in the project “SeeWandel: Life in Lake Constance – the past, present and future”. The lake is changing fundamentally. Further information about the direction in which Lake Constance could continue to change and what this means for its ecosystem services can be found in the project summary.

SeeWandel project summary (web version) download

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of the SeeWandel research institutions

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

Fisheries Research Station Baden-Württemberg (FFS), Agricultural Centre for Cattle Farming, Grassland Management, Dairy Farming, Game and Fisheries Baden-Württemberg (LAZBW)

Institute for Lake Research (ISF), State Agency for Environment Baden-Württemberg (LUBW)

University of Hohenheim

University of Innsbruck

University of Konstanz

University of Zurich


to be announced

Further events

Events in the field of water, SGHL Switzerland

Announcements of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ)

––– June 2023

SeeWandel Closing Event 13/14 June 2023, Konstanz (Germany)

After 5.5 years, the Interreg research-project “SeeWandel: Life in Lake Constance – the past, present and future” is coming to an end. Time to present and discuss the project results, exchange ideas and take stock. We invite you to discuss together pre-alpine lake ecosystems and to present your research at the scientific symposium on 13 June 2023. 14 June 2023 is dedicated to the exchange with practice representatives.

Further information and links for registration can be found here

––– May 2023

Fourth SeeWandel fact sheet published

The three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) was probably introduced into the Lake Constance system in the late 19th century, first recorded in the lake in 1951, and has been colonising the open water since 2012. Information on possible ecological and economic consequences can be found in the new fact sheet.

Fact sheet Stichling (web version) download

––– July 2022

Third SeeWandel fact sheet published

The fish stocks of Lake Constance have been undergoing major changes since the 1950s. Find out more about the complex fish ecology in different parts of the lake and water depths in the new fact sheet.

Fact sheet Bodenseefische (web version) download

––– December 2021

Second SeeWandel fact sheet published

Within a very short time, the newly immigrated alien quagga mussel has spread in Lake Constance and pushed back the alien zebra mussel. Find out whether the ecosystem of Lake Constance is threatened with massive consequences in the new fact sheet.

Fact sheet Quaggamuschel (web version) download

––– September 2021

First SeeWandel fact sheet published

In 2016, an algal bloom (mass reproduction) of the Burgundy blood algae occurred in Lake Constance for the first time. Find out in the new fact sheet whether the Burgundy blood algae will henceforth be a dominant inhabitant or rather a rare guest in Lake Constance.

Fact sheet burgunderblutalge download

––– September 2021

State Garden Show in Überlingen

SeeWandel is represented at this year’s State Garden Show in Überlingen („Landesgartenschau Überlingen”). Visit our exhibition from 15 to 26 September 2021 in the “Pflanzenhaus” (“Villengärten”). We look forward to seeing you.

Experience research up close – We invite young and old to join us on a voyage of discovery. Be enchanted by the underwater world of Lake Constance! Meet researchers involved in the SeeWandel project in person and learn how science really creates knowledge. A varied programme invites you to experience and try things out. 

Exhibition impressions. © Photo: SeeWandel

––– Juni 2021

Research Award „START

Markus Möst from Innsbruck, one of the seven SeeWandel project partners, has won the prestigious Austrian Research Award “START” for his research on the influence of global change on aquatic ecosystems. This prize is worth a total of around 1.2 million euros and is awarded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. This excellence funding will enable Markus to continue his research in the coming years. In his project “Ecoevolutionary Dynamics – Gene Flow and Global Change” he will continue to work on the questions and topics addressed in the SeeWandel project. The entire SeeWandel team congratulates Markus Möst on this well-deserved milestone.

Ecologist Markus Möst was awarded a START Prize by the Austrian Science Fund. © Photo: FWF/Andreas Friedle


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