News and events

mmmn Dominik Zak is a new member of BufferTech
Dominik Zak tells about himself: I was working as a post doc in the biogeochemical research group of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin from 2007 to 2016 and being the associate editor of the journal “Wetlands”. My work is strongly dedicated to interdisciplinary research integrating biology, ecology, microbiology and biogeochemistry across aquatic and terrestrial systems. My knowledge extends to a range of biogeochemical processes, matter fluxes and nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems concerning the cycle of phosphorus, nitrogen, carbon, sulphur, and iron. This includes work at various spatial and temporal scales from micro-zones in laboratory microcosms to large-scale field sampling campaigns in lakes, peatlands and river networks. Furthermore I developed and /or used established analytical methods for the characterization and description of matter fluxes. On this basis I am able to derive scientific principles for understanding the implications of actions and optimising restoration measures and to support water authorities and landscape managers in environmental decision making.Dominik Zak is a part of Work Package 4 – Optimization of water and nutrient retention, and phytoremediation in engineered BSs
mmmn Focus on integrated bufferzones
Martina Skjellerudsveen has now completed her internship and the result is a report where a number of international environmental measures for the buffer zone are described. The main focus is on the description of bioreactors, which are underground ditches filled with a carbon source that contributes to an increased denitrifikaiton of the drainage water that is led into the facility. There are promising results from several trials but there are also a number of challenges associated with this measure. Another interesting measure is Algae Turf Scrubbers, where drainage water is circulated over long rubber raceways and algae is grown. The biomass can be potentially used for fertilizer.The report concludes however that there is a great deal of work to test and adapt these new instruments to Danish conditions for adequate documentation of the effects. It also stresses that farmers must be involved in this process.

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Employment of a new PhD student
Kennet Uggeldahl is the new PhD student whose primary role in the project is to estimate the societal costs and benefits of ecosystems services provided by buffer strips. He will use this information to create an intelligent planning tool to optimize the benefits to society from buffer strips. The social value of non-market ecosystems services such as enhanced recreational opportunities and biodiversity will be evaluated using the questionnaire based choice experiment method at the local as well as the national level. Kennet Uggeldahl hopes to be able to use eye-tracking during the data collection to provide insights into improving the methods used in the economic valuation of ecosystem services.  Using the findings from other work packages in estimating the total benefits and cost provided by buffers strips will be of great importance for WP5.
International Wetlands Conferencevi International Wetlands Conference Huesca (Spain) 

The 14-18 September 2014 Sandra Hille participated and Brian Kronvang gave presentation to the session: The role of wetlands and buffer zones as green infrastructure elements of agricultural landscapes in water-shed management.
Sandra_Hille    Establishment of experimental sites completed               

Sandra_Hille Employment of he first PhD student in BufferTech

Sandra Hille, started 1 May 2014
Kick-off meeting in Silkeborg on 7 and 8 April 2014

Riparian Buffer Strips as a Multifunctional Management Tool in Agricultural Landscapes