Prof. Dr. Mark Gessner explains the LakeLab concept.

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Welcome to the LakeLab!


«My focus is on greenhouse gases»


Katrin Kohnert already dealt with greenhouse gases in her doctoral thesis. She wanted to know how much of the climate-relevant gases are released by permafrost regions in the Arctic. Since January 2019, she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the CONNECT project at IGB Stechlin. Here, too, she is responsible for the measurement of greenhouse gases and records both carbon dioxide and methane. ... [»]

IGB is researching the effects of climate 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 climate 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 climatic scenarios will be simulated and their effects on the lake researched. Will the biodiversity change as a result of climate 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».