The project management is situated at the IGB - Leibniz-Institute of freshwater ecology and inland fisheries in Berlin, Germany. IGB carries out cutting-edge research for the future of our freshwaters. We want to start a citizen science project.
We are experts in carbon dynamics in freshwater and are alos interested in microbial diversity (sequencing). More specific we want to investigate potential carbon holding capacity of inland waters; i.e. the role of lakes and rivers for the global carbon cycle. Do they play a role as a carbon sink or source. What is the specific state of Germanies Inland waters in relation to the dissolved carbon in the water and how is the distribution in Germany. We want to see also a linkage between CO2 concentration in the water, the microbial diversity and additional the artifical light at night (ALAN). ALAN is influencing the microbes which are responsible for the CO2 concentration in the water (due to their respiration).
Where: Germany - German inland waters cover 2.4% of total land mass & have thus a great potential of inland waters acting as a carbon source or sink, respectively.
Why: We want to investigate the pattern of pCO2 concentration in realtion to lake/river net-heterotrophy, microbial community composition (diversity) and anthropogenic stress (light)
Innovation: New insights in science: From the lab into the field - from small scales to landscape scale
Connecting 3 important research & socially relevant topics (spatial heterogeneity of pCO2; microbial diversity, Light as anthropogenic stress)
Dissemination & integration of citizens (citizen science)
Who: Within the german society: Citizen 15- 60 years old, family, colleques and friends, NGOs, school classes, Universities
Citizens should take within 2 weeks in November samples for our project allover Germany. As such we hope that we could integrate all types and all different landscapes of Germanies Inland waters.