P8: Resilience of Lake Constance from a paleolimnological point of view

In this project, paleolimnological data are used to analyse whether the current status of the plankton community (achieved through lake re-oligotrophication) has returned to that of the 1950s (i.e. years of similar total phosphorus levels). The trophic state is reconstructed on the basis of the diatoms or Clacodera (water fleas) in the different lakes (Lake Constance, Lake Walen, Lake Zurich) or lake parts of Lake Constance, with the aim of investigating the resilience and reversibility of the plankton community.

Project team

University of Konstanz, Dept. of Biology – Limnological Institute, Germany

   PD Dr. Dietmar Straile – project leader, project management

   Dr. Simone Wengrat Ribeiro – scientist

  PD Dr. Elizabeth Yohannes – scientist (alumna)

In collaboration with

  Dr. Martin Wessels

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

Supported by

Interreg Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein/
EFRD – European Fund for Regional Development

IGKB – International Commission of Lake Constance Water Conservation

University of Konstanz


Poster Kick-off Symposium “Cooperation RTG R3 – SeeWandel” (21st of February 2018, University of Konstanz)

Salmaso N, Anneville O, Straile D, Viaroli P (2018) European large perialpine lakes under anthropogenic pressures and climate change: present status, research gaps and future challenges. Hydrobiologia DOI: 10.1007/s10750-018-3758-x.

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