The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, known also by its acronym "BOKU", was founded in 1872. BOKU is an education and research institution for renewable resources and sustainability in Vienna, Austria. BOKU responds to central societal challenges with a focus on problem-solving rather than a discipline-oriented structure, combining expertise in the fields of natural sciences, engineering as well as social and economic sciences.
The Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) contributing to AquaINFRA belongs to the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment at BOKU. The institute consists of an interdisciplinary group of river ecologists, landscape ecologists, river engineers, biogeochemists and historians organised in seven working groups. The institute’s research deals with the functions, processes and structures of aquatic ecosystems and their environment, with a focus on biodiversity, biotic interactions, habitat demands, hydromorphological dynamics, nutrient cycles, food chains, aquaculture and fisheries management. IHG has played a key role in the Europe-wide development and implementation of WFD compliant assessments for rivers, and has participated in numerous EU-funded projects, such as WISER, BioFresh, MARS, AQUACROSS or MERLIN.
In AquaINFRA, IHG contributes to the development of the Data Space, Data Access Service, and Data Harmonisation services. Furthermore, IHG leads the work on the pan-European use case. This use case will build on the seamless connectivity across the pan-European hydrography to analyse range-wide biodiversity related estimates contributing to EU nature policies concerning the restoration of healthy oceans and inland waters.
Contact Name: Florian Borgwardt, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber