Nicola Fohrer

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Due to spatial variability, budget constraints or access difficulties model input parameters always are uncertain to some extent. Therefore the knowledge of sensitive input parameters is beneficial for model development and application. It can lead to a better understanding and to better estimated values and thus reduced uncertainty. In the present paper(More)
This study aims to assess the environmental fate of the commonly used herbicides flufenacet and metazachlor in the Northern German Lowlands with the ecohydrological Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT model) and to test the sensitivity of pesticide-related input parameters on the modeled transport dynamics. The river discharge of the Kielstau watershed was(More)
The Three Gorges Region in China is currently subject to a large-scale land use change, which was induced by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. The relocation of towns, villages, and agricultural areas is expected to affect the water balance and increase erosion rates and sediment yields in the affected catchments. Hydrologic and(More)
Research on water quality degradation caused by point and diffuse source pollution plays an important role in protecting the environment sustainably. Implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) is a conventional approach for controlling and mitigating pollution from diffuse sources. The objectives of this study were to assess the long-term impact of(More)
Spatial factors can play important and potentially confounding roles governing the presence, the absence, and the abundance of the diatom species and consequently influence the diatom-based bioassessment. To examine how spatial factors affect diatom community and biomonitoring, diatom community was sampled in three catchments with similar river length and(More)
River biota are affected by global reach-scale pressures, but most approaches for predicting biota of rivers focus on river reach or segment scale processes and habitats. Moreover, these approaches do not consider long-term morphological changes that affect habitat conditions. In this study, a modelling framework was further developed and tested to assess(More)
The ecological effects of small run-of-river dams on aquatic ecosystems are poorly understood, especially on downstream benthic algal communities. We examined impacts of such dams on the benthic diatom community at a regional scale in the Xiangxi River, China. A total of 90 sites were visited, which were divided into five habitats (H1–H5) according to(More)
Climate and land use changes affect the hydro- and biosphere at different spatial scales. These changes alter hydrological processes at the catchment scale, which impact hydrodynamics and habitat conditions for biota at the river reach scale. In order to investigate the impact of large-scale changes on biota, a cascade of models at different scales is(More)
Phytoplankton biomass is an important indicator for water quality, and predicting its dynamics is thus regarded as one of the important issues in the domain of river ecology and management. However, the vast majority of models in river systems have focused mostly on flow prediction and water quality with very few applications to biotic parameters such as(More)
There are many natural and anthropogenic impacts on the vegetation in riparian wetlands. The Yellow River in the North of China is one of the biggest rivers of the world, but the riparian wetland area is very small. The monitoring of these wetlands has increased in the last years because of the high ecological importance and increasing pressure due to(More)