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Mondsee (Regular)

Operator: (1) Research Institut for Limnology, University of Innsbruck, (2) Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
DEIMS Database: Mondsee
Contact: (1) Thomas Weisse, Rainer Kurmayer, (2) Hermann Klug

Site description

Since the end of the 1960s, the Research Institute for Limnology (formerly Austrian Academy of Sciences, since September 2012 affiliated to the University of Innsbruck) has collected physicochemical and biological data on Mondsee lake. These data were gathered in the course of numerous national research projects (FWF, National Bank, Federal County of Upper Austria) and international networks (EU, ESF, IPGL – International Training Programs in Limnology). The current research focus of the Institute comprises the investigation of intraspecific evolution under changing environmental conditions and the possible consequences at ecosystem level. This theme is the logical progression of the previous research focus of the Institute, “Dimensions, creation and ecological significance of the intraspecific diversity of aquatic micro- and macroorganisms”. The role of the Institute is to deepen knowledge of the ecology and protection of inland waters and to communicate this knowledge through publication (in international peer-reviewed journals) and teaching activities. The Institute aims to link the thematic areas of limnology and theoretical evolutionary ecology through the establishment of various in situ observatories to monitor the microevolution of individual abundant organism groups, e.g. (cyano)bacteria, protists (chrysomonads, ciliates) and coregonid fishes in Mondsee and various (sub)alpine bodies of water. The most up-to-date methods of microbiology such as high throughput sequencing methods are used to analyze genetic modifications at the level of individuals, populations and ecosystems. Genetic differentiations observed are tested experimentally in the laboratory and in the open air. Currently, hourly temperature data and weekly (May to September) or bi-weekly (October to April) phytoplankton data are recorded in Mondsee.

Since 2004 the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg focuses on the terrestrial part of the Mondsee catchment. The mission of the landscape lab is to understand processes at the interface of climatology, hydrology, pedology but places an integrated holistic view while incorporating socio-cultural and economic influences on the landscape. In particular Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing techniques have been developed and deployed to model hydrological processes and investigate these with a real-time monitoring system.


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