Institute of Landscape Ecology


Dr. Klaus-Holger Knorr

The Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry group in the EGU Imaggeo blog

The Ecohydrology & Biogeochemistry group in the EGU Imaggeo blog
© K.-H. Knorr

A photograph of one of the field sites of the Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry Group was selected for the Imaggeo-blog of the EGU (European Geosciences Union). Here, scientists provide insights into their ongoing work using selected photographs and in a language also accessible for the broad public audience.

Prof. Dr. Buttschardt

IALE-D yearly conference on water and landscape in Münster

© AG Ökologische Planung

From the 20th to 22nd of September the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning hosted the annual conference of the German Region of the International Association for Landscape Ecology with an overlying topic on water and landscape (Wasser.Landschaft).

About 80 people from all over Germany participated in the conference containing manifold topics. The presentations and posters covered a variety of themes from hydronumeric simulation of model conform replacing structures; microplastics; renaturation and maintenance practices of waters; to issues of water culture or ecosystem services. further.

New Publications at the ILÖK

  • Klaus, V. H.; Hoever, C. J.; Fischer, M.; Hamer, U.; Kleinebecker, T.; Mertens, D.; Schäfer, D.; Prati, D.; Hölzel, N. (2017): Contribution of the soil seed bank to the restoration of temperate grasslands by mechanical sward disturbance. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.12626
  • Ivanova, L.; Yudina, P.; Ronzhina, D.; Ivanov, L.; Hölzel, N. (2017, in press): Quantitative mesophyll parameters rather than whole-leaf traits predict response of C3 steppe plants to aridity. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.14840
  • Allen, M.; Vanos, J.; Hondula, D.; Vecellio, D.; Knight, D.; Mehdipoor, H.; Lucas, R.; Fuhrmann, C.; Lokys, H.; Lees, A.; Nascimento, S.; Leung, A.; Perkins, D.R. (2017): Supporting sustainability initiatives through biometeorology education and training. International Journal of Biometeorology. doi: 10.1007/s00484-017-1408-z
  • Berger, S.; Gebauer, G.; Knorr, K.-H. (2017): Peatlands in an eutrophic world - assessing the state of a poor fen - bog transition in southern Ontario, Canada, after long term nutrient input and altered hydrological conditions. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 114, 131-144,  doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.07.011
  • Reithmaier, G.-M.S.; Knorr, K.-H.; Arnhold, S.; Planer-Friedrich, B.; Schaller, J. (2017): Enhanced silicon availability leads to increased methane production, nutrient and toxicant mobility in peatlands. Scientific Reports, 7, 8728 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09130-3
  • Musolff, A.; Selle, B.; Büttner, O.; Opitz, M.; Knorr, K.-H.; Fleckenstein, J.H.; Reemtsma, T.; Tittel, J. (2017): Response to the Editor: Does iron reduction control the release of dissolved organic carbon and phosphate at catchment scales? - Need for a joint research effort. Global Change Biology, 23, e5-e6, doi: 10.1111/gcb.13758

further Publications: ILÖK, Arbeitsgruppen, Mitarbeiter

AG Klimatologie

Publication about pollution measurements on the roadside

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In May / June 2016 three students of the working group climatology performed highresolution measurements on pollutants on the roadside. The measurement was setup next to the busy street "Bült" in Münster. The exhaust plumes of the passing traffic fleet were analysed by the amount of nitrogen oxides. The results show that the real-world vehicle emissions exceed the legal limits by far. More projects like this are planned, for example there might be measurments in combination with an automatic detection of the license plates to assign the individual exhaust plumes to the respective types of vehicle. Recently the results were published in the research article "Real-world vehicle emissions as measured by in situ analysis of exhaust plumes" which is freely available. The article is released in the scientific mgazine "Environmental Science and Pollution Research". Press release of the University Münster (german)

Prof. Dr. Buttschardt

New Publication about modelling invader impact in dune ecosystems

© Hellmann et al. (2017)

A new study about modelling the impact of the invasive, nitrogen (N)-fixing shrub Acacia longifolia on N cycling in a nutrient-poor dune ecosystem was published by André Große-Stoltenberg and Dr. Jan Thiele of the research group Ecological Planning within the projects DeInVader (funded by EUFAR) and QUEEN (DFG) in the journal “Scientific Reports”. The team presents a new approach. Read further... The university paper published a short article Link.

Prof. Dr. Buttschardt

IALE-D 2017 in Münster

© Jan Lehmann

Water is one of the shaping elements of many landscapes. Beyond the visible range, water is indispensable for all processes of life. In landscapes it can function as component, dissolver, carrier of energy, or material fluxes or has regulative functions. Many current problems and challenges are related to this topic, be it questions about climatic regulation or flood protection, the pollution of groundwater or the supply of the growing human population with resources like food and drinking water. In landscape ecology the topic water is mostly handled impilcitly. Thus it is interesting to focus on water and the dependence and interactions at the landscape level. Many initiatives, concepts, legal regulations and normative discussions around water mark the current development in science and society. The annual conference is therefore focussing on this topic in the field of landscape ecology.
Within the last years the research community in Münster developed a strong focus on the topic water. There is a strong cooperation between different faculties of the Münster University and the University of Applied Sciences. IALE-D 2017 website

New research project: Investigation of historical land use in the Biodiversity Exploratories

In the current phase of the DFG priority programme 1374 'Exploratories for large-scale and long-term functional biodiversity research' (2017-2020), Dr. Jan Thiele (Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning) got a grant for a project on effects of historical land use on species communities in grasslands (HiLUCC) that will be carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser, TU Munich. In this project, previous land use - dating back to ca. 1850 - around study plots (1-km radius) will be digitalised from historical maps. We will study if the land-use history of grassland plots as well as the historical landscape structure continue to have an effect on today's species communities. For example, fragments of previously large grassland areas may have an extinction debt. On new grassland parcels, species richness might depend on the presence of larger grassland areas and, thus, large species pools in the past. There will be possibilities to conduct MSc. theses in the frame of this projcet, e.g. on landscape change in the study areas Schorfheide-Chorin and Schwäbische Alb.
The HiLUCC project is situated in the research topic "Detection of landscape changes" of the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning.

Successful Follow-Up Application - Prolongation of the ESCAPE project

© Valentin H. Klaus

Dr. Ute Hamer (Soil Ecology and Land Use), Dr. Till Kleinebecker and Prof. Dr. Norbert Hölzel (both Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group) successfully applied for a prolongation of the ESCAPE project within the Biodiversity Exploratories at the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - German Research Foundation). In close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer and Dr. Daniel Prati from the University of Bern the effects of seed addition and disturbance on plant diversity, nutrient retention and litter decomposition along a land-use gradient will be further evaluated in the SADE experiment. Coordinated by postdoc Dr. Valentin Klaus this project stage will again facilitates students projects and theses.

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