Leibniz Research Alliance on biodiversity

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Research stations in Europe

In addition to the field research stations that partners within the alliance operate together with local partners overseas, there are a number of stations in various regions of Europe and Germany.

Water resources research: Together with other partners, the IGB operates a research station for river ecology research along the Tagliamento River in Italy. In Germany, the IGB has a total of three monitoring stations at which various biotic and abiotic parameters are obtained for long-term monitoring. These stations are in Saxony-Anhalt (Lake Arend), Brandenburg (Lake Stechlin), and Berlin (Müggelsee). The Müggelsee station became part of a Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) in 2008.


Agricultural landscape research: The ZALF maintains three experimental stations focusing on key activities such as monitoring programs and field experiments in the agricultural landscape, including long-term field experiments on arable land and grassland. Testing areas are available in all locations. The three stations are: Paulinenaue, Dedelow, and Müncheberg.


Wildlife research: The IZW operates a field research station in Niederfinow in Brandenburg to investigate the activity of native wildlife under natural but controlled conditions (e.g., roe deer, hares, guinea pigs). The site features near-natural enclosures of varying sizes, special equipment for the observation and examination of animals, and state-of-the-art laboratories. more


(Mobile) monitoring networks

Marine Environmental Monitoring Network (MARNET): On behalf of the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency based in Hamburg and Rostock (BSH),the IOW is responsible for the German contribution to the monitoring of the Baltic Sea marine environment agreed under the Helsinki Convention (HELCOM). Continuous monitoring of the marine environment is an essential part of this Convention. more