Michael Tritthart

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Previous studies on plastic pollution of aquatic ecosystems focused on the world's oceans. Large rivers as major pathways for land-based plastic litter, has received less attention so far. Here we report on plastic quantities in the Austrian Danube. A two year survey (2010, 2012) using stationary driftnets detected mean plastic abundance (n = 17,349; mean ±(More)
The hydrological exchange conditions strongly determine the biogeochemical dynamics in river systems. More specifically, the connectivity of surface waters between main channels and floodplains is directly controlling the delivery of organic matter and nutrients into the floodplains, where biogeochemical processes recycle them with high rates of activity.(More)
The effects of navigation on young-of-the-year (YOY) fish were investigated for the Danube River based on an integrative approach. During YOY growing season, wave height, wave frequency and water currents were recorded. Synchronously, fish drift and fish abundance of YOY were monitored in two distinct inshore nursery habitats—a gravel bar and a groyne(More)
This study aims to evaluate the long-term impacts of climate change on Alpine riparian vegetation. Special attention is given to the hydrological factors influencing the establishment, development, and retrogression of riparian vegetation. The study has been carried out in a reach of the upper course of the Drau River (Austria). Long-term effects of climate(More)
Restoration projects often aim to initiate side erosion processes in order to improve the ecological situation, leading to banks of gentle slopes which positively affect biotic habitats. However, within navigable reaches such measures have to be planned under consideration of the impact of vessel-generated waves on YOY-fish. Hence an extensive study was(More)
Habitat modelling has become an increasingly important tool in river sciences to evaluate impacts on running waters and to predict the effects of river restoration in the context of the European Water Framework Directive which aims to reach a good ecological status by 2015. In a scaling framework like the River Scaling Concept, micro- and mesoscale habitat(More)
River-floodplain systems are characterized by changing hydrological connectivity and variability of resources delivered to floodplain water bodies. Although the importance of hydrological events has been recognized, the effect of flooding on CH4 concentrations and emissions from European, human-impacted river-floodplains is largely unknown. This study(More)
In this paper, a monitoring and modelling concept for ecological optimized harbour dredging and fine sediment disposal in large rivers is presented. According to the concept, first a preliminary assessment should be performed previous to the dredging and dumping procedure to derive knowledge about the current status in hydrodynamics, morphology and instream(More)
Danube main channel deep pools are in-stream habitats of high ecological relevance. We used dual-frequency identification sonar to investigate seasonal and diel fish abundance in two hydrodynamically different deep pools in the main channel of the Danube River in 2008. In general, fish of different species were present in both deep pools throughout the(More)
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