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BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna – Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Company description

The Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) is part of the Department Water – Atmosphere – Environment (WAU) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

IHG comprises an interdisciplinary team of scientists from the fields of biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, history, landscape ecology and landscape planning as well as water- and environmental engineering. The primary focus of research and education is on fish ecology, aquatic ecosystem modelling, riverine landscape analyses and planning, bio-geo chemistry as well as benthic ecology.

Fields of Activity

·         Research and teaching focus river protection (from anthropogenic pressures as e.g. residual flow, hydro peaking or pollution)

·         ecological planning (e.g. fish ladders, structural improvements, ecological construction supervision)

·         environmental impact assessment

·         river renaturation and restructuring

·         classification of rivers according to their ecological status (development of methods, standardisation, expertise)

·         taxonomy (fish, benthic invertebrates)

·         autecology of aquatic organisms

·         species protection

·         fisheries (electro fishing and fishing methods, fish population evaluation, fish ecology)

·         aquaculture

·         river typologies

Tasks in the SEE HYDROPOWER Project

BOKU is leader of WP4

·        Comparative analysis of methodologies for the implementation of the Environmental Flow (EF), according to the WFD.

·         Assessment of common methodologies related to water quality and biological continuity, including river recovering.

·         Strategy development for preserving river ecosystems in accordance with WFD.

·         Habitat quality and ecological status assessment for running waters.


BOKU is project partner in WP6

·         Piave basin (Italy) - Testing of numerical tools for the habitat/ ecological status assessment.

·         Prut basin (Romania) - Comparison between regional and European methods for the assessment of the habitat/ ecological status.

Contact Person
Project ManagerRafaela Schinegger
StreetMax Emanuel-Straße 17
Post Code1180
Phone0043 1 47654 5223
Fax0043 1 47654 5217