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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2012-12-01 - 2013-10-30

The project "development in flood prone areas: assessment of flood management alternatives" has the goal to develope integrated strategies to reduce flood risk at the federal level to support the implementation of the EU flood risk directive. Previous project have shown the necessity to analyse and to assess the various flood risk management alternatives. There seems to be also the need for an improved communication and cooperation among the various actors in this domain. The instruments should be assesed with respect to legislative and economic criteria and their potential for integrated application to reduce flood risk. The deficits of the instruments should be assessed especially in APSFR regions.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-11-20 - 2018-12-19

The current tyoplogical allocation of selected small brooks in south-east Styria ("Grabenland") according to the WFD scheme will be reviewed. Based on the results of the 2016 Grabenlandbach study, a further investigation of the BQE macrozoobenthos of this river-type will be performed to revise the current typological classifications according to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the associated Austrian methodology for the assessment of the ecological status (BQE macrozoobenthos). The aim of the planned study is to examine selected streams in their "Inner Differentiation" in more detail by means of additional sampling in order to precise the data. To document the impact of the season on the ecological status class, seven selected investigation sites in the aquatic bioregion 14, "Grazer Feld and Grabenland" will be investigated. One of the main research areas of the BOKU IHG working group Benthic Ecology is the characterization of the special river-type "intermittent waters" on the basis of characteristic MZB species and is working on a WFD-compliant method for the ecological assessment of these waters. In addition qualitative elevations of the Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera fauna (adult stages) by means of aerial-nets and light-traps at selected investigation sites will be performed.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-10-01 - 2018-09-30

The result of this project should provide an uniform approach for the assessment of wastewater pumping stations and auxiliary structures. On that basis a proposal for maintenance and rehab activities should be developed. The focus of this research is on decentralized infrastructure because of the lack of staff and need for optimised operational management. The resulting guideline will be distributed by the Austrian Water and Waste Association.

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