Water resources, carbon and nitrogen cycling, erosion and land management
As part of a several 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.
- IDH (The Netherlands): Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA): The South-West Mau landscape (CIFOR, Uni Lancaster, JLU)
- 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) read more
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.130
- Jacobs, S. R., B. Weeser, A. C. Guzha, M. C. Rufino, K. Butterbach-Bahl, D. Windhorst, and L. Breuer. 2018. Using High-Resolution Data to Assess Land Use Impact on Nitrate Dynamics in East African Tropical Montane Catchments. Water Resources Research.
- Jacobs, S. R., E. Timbe, B. Weeser, M. C. Rufino, K. Butterbach-Bahl, and L. Breuer. 2018. Land use alters dominant water sources and flow paths in tropical montane catchments in East Africa. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions:1–32.
- Jacobs, S. R., L. Breuer, K. Butterbach-Bahl, D. E. Pelster, and M. C. Rufino. 2017. Land use affects total dissolved nitrogen and nitrate concentrations in tropical montane streams in Kenya. Science of The Total Environment 603-604:519–532.
- Jacobs, S. R., Weeser, B., Njue, N., Guzha, A., Breuer, L., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Martius, C., Rufino, M. 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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