From the glacier to the stream

Glaciers and streams are in the focus of Christina Faschings PhD-thesis. She investigated the role of dissolved organic matter (DOM) for carbon cycling. The degradation of terrestrial DOM in streams was for example shown to potentially contribute to CO2 evasion to the atmosphere. In October Christina Fasching successfully finished her thesis. Abstract

Aus dem Gletscher in den Bach
Gletscher und Bäche stehen im Fokus der Dissertation von Christina Fasching. Insbesondere die Rolle von gelösten organischen Stoffen (DOM) für den Kohlenstoffkreislauf untersuchte sie. Es konnte etwa aufgezeigt werden, dass der Abbau von DOM, die in Gletschern gelagert waren, zur CO2-Ausweichung in die Atmosphäre beiträgt. Im Oktober schloss Christina Fasching ihre Arbeit erfolgreich ab. Abstract




Marie-Curie-Fellowship for Csaba Vad

Csaba Vad, member of the WasserCluster team, was awarded one of the treasured Marie-Curie-Fellowships, which are funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the EU. In the focus of the two-year project is the research of chrysophytes, which are predicted to increase with climate warming, what implys serious consequences for trophic efficiency and fish production.  More


Marie-Curie-Fellowship für Csaba Vad

WCL-Mitarbeiter Csaba Vad bekam für das Projekt CHRYSOWEB eines der Marie-Curie-Fellowships zugesprochen, die im Rahmen des Horizon 2020 Programms der EU vergeben werden. Im Mittelpunkt des 2-jährigen Projekts steht die Erforschung von Goldalgen, die im Zuge des Klimawandels vermehrt auftreten werden, was Folgen für Seen und Fisch-Produktion haben wird.  Mehr


Seminar Series

Daniel Gräber, Aarhus University:
Sources and functions of stream dissolved organic matter

December 16th 2015, 15:00

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Longterm ecological research

WasserCluster Lunz is member of GLEON and study Lake Lunz as a permanent study site.

Moreover Lunz is a mastersite in the LTER platform Eisenwurzen.

Current depth profile of Lake Lunz


The inter-university research centre for aquatic ecosystems research WasserCluster Lunz invites excellent young scientists to apply for the WCL PostDoc Fellowship Program. It supports high scientific quality and productivity and aims at a strong cooperation of the PostDoc candidate with the established working groups at WasserCluster. The application deadline is December 21st 2015. Details



About WasserCluster Lunz

WasserCluster Lunz  is a nonprofit research center shared to equal amounts by the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna). The research center is financially supported by the Provincial Government of Lower Austria and the Municipality of Vienna.

WasserCluster Lunz pursues basic and applied research on aquatic ecosystems. Beside field studies also experimental work in the laboratory and in specifically developed outdoor constructions are in the focus of research. Our researchers work at the highest level on current questions of aquatic ecosystem research, such as questions of climate change, diversity research, water resource management or renaturation of waters.

WasserCluster Lunz pursues university and postgraduate training at an international level and accomplishes education-cooperation-projects and pedagogic outdoor activities on a regional level. Moreover the research center is also a scientific meeting place of national and international scientists and students. Researchers and students from all over the world have participated at international workshops and meetings in our house in the last years.

WasserCluster Lunz welcomes enquiries from scientists who are interested in a sabbatical leave in our research centre. At WasserCluster Lunz you find best conditions to work and you are able to interact with the scientists at our research center in the stunning surroundings of Lake Lunz. Interested persons are invited to contact us.

WasserCluster Lunz was founded in 2005 with the primary motivation to follow the scientific legacy of the Biological Station Lunz, which was established in 1905 and closed in 2003. The Biological Station Lunz was well known for its outstanding research in limnology throughout the 20th century. Scientists such as Franz Ruttner, August Thienemann or Carl Wesenberg-Lund were worldwide well known for their fundamental contributions to lake ecology. 

Führungen: Der WasserCluster Lunz bietet zweimal pro Jahr Führungen für Schulen und andere interessierte Gruppen an. Die nächste Möglichkeit für Führungen: am 11. Mai 2016. Wir bitten um Anmeldung via Telefon oder E-Mail.


Guided tours: WasserCluster Lunz offers guided tours for schools and other interested groups twice a year. The next possibility to take part at a guided tour:
11th May 2016. Please contact us via phone or e-mail to make a reservation.