An international group of researchers conducted an experiment on the sound of flowing waters in the Lunzer Rinnen Experimental Flumes in July and August. The experiment investigated whether underwater sound recordings can be used to quantify the gas exchange (oxygen, CO2) of turbulent mountain streams with the atmosphere. The project was funded by the AQUACOSM EU-project and led by Dr. Marcus Klaus, Umeå University, Sweden and the WCL working group EcoCatch.
Photo (from left to right): Marcus Klaus (SE), Gianluca Botter (IT), Filippo Vingiani (IT), Nicola Durighetto (IT), Jakob Schelker (AT), Paul Schwaigerlehner (AT), Gertraud Steniczka (AT), Thierry Labasque (FR) and David Vilbert (FR); Not shown is: Michael Scharner (AT)
Fish are considered as a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Less well known is that this also applies to insects. The role of insects in the proximity of local lakes for the food chain is examined by the AQUATERR project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Ö1 interviewed in the radio show "Wissen aktuell - Insekten, Quanten" Martin Kainz, leader of the working group LIPTOX at WasserCluster Lunz, about this topic.
Photo: Insect trap next to the building of WasserCluster Lunz.
Until Sunday 25.08.2019 there is still the possibility to listen to the report "Arbeiten mit Wasser" in the series "Moment - Leben heute" on the Ö1 website.
Find out more about the work on WasserCluster Lunz (18:15 - 18:26 and 18:53 - 18:59), what the flumes (see photo) are used for and how water is managed, tested and clarified.
Here you find the report: https://oe1.orf.at/programm/20190818/561273/Arbeiten-mit-Wasser
In July 2019 Magdalena Pöhm finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "Effects of hydropeaking on benthic algae in alpine rivers" under Supervision from Thomas Hein and Elisabeth Bondar-Kunze (AG BIGER).
The scientific poster "Effects of drought length on the hyporheic microbial processes of intermittent streams" by Laura Coulson (PhD in the working group BIGER) was awarded the third place at the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS11).
Hier ein Themenüberblick der Ausgabe 16 - Juni 2019:
- Migration als Schlüsselfaktor zum Erhalt der Biodiversität
- Nevrorthus apatelios – ein merkwürdiges Tier aus dem Süden Europas
- Trockene Bäche – Hilft ein Blick in die Bodenforschung für ein besseres Verständnis?
- Neues FWF-DFG (DACH) Projekt: AquaTerr
- save the date – Tag der offenen Tür am 12.10.2019
In April 2019 Claudia Schneider finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "The effect of mixotrophic chrysophytes on zooplankton in pelagic food webs" under Supervision from Robert Ptacnik and Csaba Vad (AG AQUASCALE).
With the project idea "Biogeocaching – a scavenger hunt for the treasures of biology around Lake Lunz” Astrid Harjung and her colleagues Laura Coulson, Romana Hödl and Katrin Attermeyer have won one of the EGU Public Engagement Grants 2019.
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) supports every year two projects of EGU members with this grant to raise awareness of the geosciences outside the scientific community.
You can find more information here.