Water resources, carbon and nitrogen cycling, erosion and land management
As part of a various research cooperations between the ZEU, the Institute for Landscape Ecology and Resources Management (JLU Giessen) and other partners, we have established a number of projects in Eastern Africa, spanning environmental issues such as water resources, carbon and nitrogen cycling, erosion and land management. Currently, the emphasis is on research in the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya, but activities include the Mt. Elgon region in Uganda and the water towers of the Nile in Ethiopia.
- GIZ (Germany): Low-cost methods for monitoring water quality to inform upscaling of sustainable water management in forested landscapes (CIFOR, Uni Lancaster, JLU) - completed ) (
- IDH (The Netherlands): Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA): The South-West Mau landscape (CIFOR, Uni Lancaster, JLU) - completed
- DFG (Germany): Land use impact on hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and pro-cesses in tropical catchments of Kenya (JLU, KIT, CIFOR, Uni Lancaster) read more
- GIZ (Germany): The ‘Water Towers’ of East Africa: Policies and practices for enhancing co-benefits from joint forest and water conservation (CIFOR, Uni Lancaster, JLU)
Jacobs, S.R., B. Weeser, M.C. Rufino, and L. Breuer. 2020. Diurnal patterns in solute concentrations measured with in situ UV-Vis sensors: Natural fluctuations or artefacts? Sensors 20:859
Weeser, B., S. Jacobs, P. Kraft, M.C. Rufino, and L. Breuer. 2019. Rainfall-runoff modeling using crowdsourced water level data. Water Resources Research 55:10856–10871
Njue, N., J. Stenfert Kroese, J. Gräf, S.R. Jacobs, B. Weeser, L. Breuer, and M.C. Rufino. 2019. Citizen science in hydrological monitoring and ecosystem services management: State of the art and future prospects. Science of the Total Environment 693:133531
Owuor, S.O., K. Butterbach-Bahl, A.C. Guzha, S. Jacobs, L. Merbold, M. Rufino, D. Pelster, E. Diaz-Pines, and L. Breuer. 2018. Conversion of natural forest results in a significant degradation of soil hydraulic properties in the highlands of Kenya. Soil and Tillage Research 176:36–44
Rufino, M.C., B. Weeser, J. Stenfert Kroese, N. Njue, J. Gräf, S. Jacobs, Z. Kemboi, A.M. Ran, P.O. Cerutti, and C. Martius. 2018 Citizen scientists monitor water quantity and quality in Kenya. CIFOR info brief
- Weeser, B., J. Stenfert Kroese, S. R. Jacobs, N. Njue, Z. Kemboi, A. Ran, M. C. Rufino, and L. Breuer. 2018. Citizen science pioneers in Kenya – A crowdsourced approach for hydrological monitoring. Science of the Total Environment 631-632:1590–1599.
- Jacobs, S. R., B. Weeser, A. C. Guzha, M. C. Rufino, K. Butterbach-Bahl, D. Windhorst, and L. Breuer. 2018. East African tropical montane catchments. Water Resources Research 54:1812–1830.
- Jacobs, S. R., E. Timbe, B. Weeser, M. C. Rufino, K. Butterbach-Bahl, and L. Breuer. 2018. Assessment of hydrological pathways in East African montane catchments under different land use. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22:4981–5000.
- Jacobs, S. R., L. Breuer, K. Butterbach-Bahl, D. E. Pelster, and M. C. Rufino. 2017. . Science of the Total Environment 603–604:519–532. montane streams in Kenya
- Jacobs, S. R., B. Weeser, N. Njue, A. Guzha, L. Breuer, K. Butterbach-Bahl, C. Martius, and M.C. Rufino. 2016. Impacts of land use on water and nutrient cycling in the South-West Mau, Kenya. CIFOR Executive summary
- DFG (Germany): Land use impact on hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and pro-cesses in tropical catchments of Kenya (JLU, KIT, CIFOR, Uni Lancaster)
- The effect of land use on hydrological processes and biogeochemistry has been extensively studied in temperate ecosystems of the world, but our knowledge about tropical ecosystems is still limited, particular in Eastern Africa. However, this knowledge is a crucial requirement to ensure a sustainable use of water resources and provision of water-related ecosystem services.
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