Universität Wien

300258 EX Restoration Ecology of Viennese Waters (2023S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 24 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 06.03. 11:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1.5, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.012, Ebene 1 (Kickoff Class)


Aims, contents and method of the course

We will visit five locations in and around Vienna (close vicinity). The sites are prime examples for restoration measures of water bodies. We will discuss anthropogenic impacts and demonstrate possible solutions to overcome the problems associated with eutrophication, canalization, ect. The course provides insights into applied aquatic ecology. Basic limnological knowledge will be taught, including measurements and short experiments to demonstrate the effects of the restoration measures.
Scheduled locations are:
Mo, 24.4. 9 to 13 pm: Heustadelwasser and Donauinsel (excursion with bicycles; Neptunanlage, renaturation of shoreline areas)
Mo, 8.5. 9 to 9 bis 13 pm: Liesingbach (excursion with bicycles; renaturation)
Mo, 15.5. 9 to 13 pm: Wienfluss (comparison of channel versus restored stretch)
Mo, 12.6. 9 to 13 pm: Kahrteich (sampling with boats; hypolimnetic areation)
Mo, 19.6. 9 to 15 pm: Alte Donau, Kaiserwasser, Wasserpark (boat trip included; harvest of macrophytes und -deposition, resettlements of water plants, soil filters, blocking wells, renaturation of shoreline areas)

Assessment and permitted materials

keynote speeches, cooperation and team work, group protocol

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic and applied aquatic ecology based on the visited sites. Small student groups present the respective excursion site in keynote speeches (30%), cooperation and team work (30%), group protocol of the respective excursion site (40%). All partial performances need to be graded positive. In total 100 points, 91-100 = 1, 81-90 = 2, 71-80 = 3, 60-70 = 4, <60 = 5.

Examination topics

Will be taught during excursions

Reading list

Will be provided via moodle. Additionally autonomous literature searches for keynote speeches.

Association in the course directory


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