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Changes in hydrology, eutrophication, acidification and toxicity have had a negative effect on the water and soil quality of many European wetlands, resulting in a decline in rich fens (a type of fen with a highly diverse flora). Over the past decades agricultural water management has tended to reduce fluctuations in the water level, but re-establishing such fluctuations could help to mitigate these negative effects. Ivan Mettrop assesses the potential ecological benefits and drawbacks of both lowered and increased surface water levels as a management tool in different types of rich fens.

Event details of Ecological benefits and drawbacks of water level fluctuations
Date 21 October 2015
Time 14:00 -15:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

I.S. Mettrop: Water Level Fluctuations in Rich Fens. An Assessment of Ecological Benefits and Drawbacks.


Prof. H. Hooghiemstra

Prof. L.P.M. Lamers


Dr A.M. Kooijman


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.