Prof. Dr. Mark Gessner explains the LakeLab concept.

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Measuring buoys were installed on 19 lakes in the North German lowlands, which are more or less strongly connected by rivers and canals. The small platforms measure about two and a half meters and record values from water and air. | Image: CONNECT/IGB

Remote sensing data could make it easier to monitor and protect lakes in the future


The CONNECT project, coordinated by IGB and involving seven partner institutions, started out in May 2019 with the collection of data, expected to take until the end of 2020. In an interview, Stella Berger and Sabine Wollrab report on the first results, and explain why it is particularly interesting to work in a multidisciplinary team, and how this benefits the project. ... [»]

IGB is researching the effects of global environmental change at the Lake Lab

The LakeLab in Lake Stechlin of Brandenburg, Germany, is a large experimental setup of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). Here, scientists are studying the effects of global environmental change on lakes.

In the LakeLab, 24 lake-water basins each 9 metres in diameter and around 20 metres deep are isolated from the rest of the lake. In these experimental cylinders, future environmental scenarios will be simulated and their effects on the lake researched. Will the biodiversity change as a result of environmental change? Will there be an enrichment of nutrients? Will more greenhouse gasses be released? – These are only a few of many questions the researchers of IGB intend to answer.

The LakeLab is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Senate of Berlin (Department for Economy, Technology and Research), and the Leibniz Association. It is a winner of the 2012 competition «Germany – Land of Ideas».