Prof. Dr. Mark Gessner explains the LakeLab concept.

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Artists in Residence at the IGB: The Stechlin as inspiring film location


How can you make lakes and their largely hidden internal worlds come alive? Bosnian film director Dane Komljen has been dealing with this question for quite some time. For his feature film project he was able to win camerawoman Jenny Lou Ziegel and producer Zsuzsanna Kiràly. As "Artists in Residence" of the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), the filmmakers will be filming at Stechlinsee and the IGB LakeLab in June. ... [»]

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».