von Fumetti Stefanie

Langzeitforschung Quellen und kleine Fliessgewässer (Fauna und Abiotik) im UNESCO Biosphärenreservat Engiadina Val Müstair (inkl. SNP + BVM).

Project Number: CH-6586
Project Type: Permanent/Monitoring_Project
Project Duration: 01/01/2018 - ?
Funding Source: other ,
Leading Institution: Universität Basel
Project Leader: PD Dr. Stefanie von Fumetti
Geoeocology Research Group
Departement of Environmental Sciences
Universität Basel
Klingelbergstr. 27
4056 Basel
Phone: +41 (0) 61 207 08 17
e-Mail: stefanie.vonfumetti(at)unibas.ch

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Research Areas:

hydrology, limnology, glaciology

Global Climate Change
Spring ecology
Macroinvertebrate assemblages

Springs are unique ecotones at the interface between surface water and groundwater, which provide relatively constant environmental conditions for their inhabitants. In alpine springs conditions are especially harsh and organisms have to be adapted to low water temperatures and oligotrophic conditions. It is expected that environmental conditions in springs will change owing to Global Climate Change. In order to enable predictions how spring species assemblages could change in future, a long-term monitoring of springs in the Swiss National Park and the Unesco Biosfera Engiadina Val Müstair has been impemented. Selected springs will be geomorphologically mapped, physico-chemistry will be monitored and faunistic assemblages will be sampled in the following years. This will enable us to make predictions how the ecology of alpine springs will change in future.

Leading questions:
  • Will the temperature and discharge regime change in future?

  • Will the water chemistry of the springs change?

  • Will the composition of the species assemblages change and how can this change be explained?

  • Is there a change of the food webs in springs due to a different temperature and discharge regime?

    Von Fumetti S & Blattner L, 2017. Faunistic assemblages of natural springs in different areas in the Swiss National Park – a small-scale comparison. Hydrobiologia 793: 175-184. DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2788-5

    Last update: 11/15/21
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