Understanding global climate change and agriculture impacts on freshwater ecosystems
Global climate change and anthropogenic impacts can severely affect the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and are thus of major concern for scientists and stakeholders. Researchers from all over the world try to establish reasonable predictions on the consequences of these multiple stressors on complex aquatic ecosystems. Shallow freshwater habitats are often exposed to agricultural run-off (ARO) containing pesticides and fertilizers, but also to heatwaves, and are known to be highly vulnerable. Open questions are: How do local stressors act and interact in a warming climate? What are the responses of the main functional groups among primary producers and their consumers?
CLIMSHIFT is an ANR-DFG funded project gathering European partners from France and Germany. With a strong and complementary expertise in ecology, ecotoxicology and modelling, each partner actively contributes to a better understanding of the impacts of multiple anthropogenic stressors on complex aquatic systems. Fostering knowledge transfer among the scientific community, CLIMSHIFT partners are working in close collaboration at all stages of the project, with e.g. regular exchanges and visits among the partners, stakeholder meetings, as well as the joint supervision of PhD students.
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