06 Jul 11th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences
Title: Urban Algae: ecological status of urban ponds and the public perception of their ecosystem services
Cleo N. STRATMANN12; Sonia HERRERO ORTEGA8; Susanne STEPHAN8; Mandy VELTHUIS9; Abril MERITXELL41; Marta María ARLIRANGUES NUÑEZ8; Marina AMADORI39; Rebeca ARIAS DEL REAL21; Ignasi ARRANZ41; Simone PODSCHUN8; Silviu BERCEA6; Pascal BODMER29; María BORREGO-RAMOS30; Gemma BURGAZZI36; Marco J. CABRERIZO42; Alba CAMACHO-SANTAMAN40; Bruno M. CARREIRA4; Daniel CASTRO LÓPEZ40; Joanna CHIMIST16; Miriam COLLS3; Anne DEININGER14; Valentin DINU22; Ioana ENACHE22; Zeynep ERSOY41; Carmen ESPINOSA ANGONA41; Edurne ESTÉVEZ25; Vesela EVTIMOVA2; Megan FORK19; Anna FREEMAN37; Thijs FRENKEN13; Galia GEORGIEVA2; Lluís GÓMEZ-GENER15; Alexia María GONZÁLEZ-FERRERAS25; Juan David GONZÁLEZ-TRUJILLO3; Veronica GRANADOS21; Vesna GRUJCIC4; Sara HAMMERSTEIN11; Luigi HINEGK39; Tsvetelina ISHEVAL2; Laura JIMÉNEZ27; Nina KAISER20; Katarina KAJAN17; Vinicius S. KAVAGUTTI4; Nora KIPFERLER11; Edit KIRÁLY35; Marcus KLAUS19; Sophia KOCHALSKI8; Zsuzsanna KÓKAI26; Antonija KULAS43; Andrea KUST4; Edina LENGYEL34; Gregorio LÓPEZ MOREIRA38; Áron LUKÁCS26; Theresa LUMPI45; Suteu Anca MIHAELA1; Javier MIRALLES-LORENZO40; Jorge Juan MONTES PÉREZ32; Daniel MORANT40; Emilio MORENO27; Giuliano MORINI39; Maira MUCCI46; Camille MUSSEAU10; Karla MÜNZNER45; Maria MYRSTENER19; Magdalena NAGLER28; Veronica NAVA33; Georg H. NIEDRIST28; Jenny L. NILSSON18; Darmina NITA22; Adriana OLENICI1; Beatrice PALMIA36; Albert PALOU VILAR41; Martina PATELLI33; Ignacio PÉREZ-SILOS25; Eric PUCHE40; Sophia Elise RENES44; Biljana RIMCHESKA2; Gerard ROCHER-ROS19; Tamara RODRÍGUEZ-CASTILLO25; Pablo RODRÍGUEZ-LOZANO23; Alban SAGOUIS8; Andrea SALVADORE39; Raquel SÁNCHEZ DE PEDRO32; Anna SANTAMANS40; Géza B. SELMECZY35; Edoardo SEVERINI36; Serena SGARZI41; Vladimir STAMBOLSKI2; Max STAMMNITZ24; Desislava STOYANOVA2; Monika SUBEVA2; Ewelina SZALKIEWICZ16; Sara TURIEL-SANTOS30; Lara URBAN7; Máté VASS45; Víctor VÁZQUEZ31; Aida VIZA21; Aitziber ZUFIAURRE5
1Babes-Bolyai University, Romania; 2Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; 3Catalan Institute for Water Research, Spain; 4Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; 5Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Centre, Spain; 6Emil Racoviță Institute of Speleology, Romania; 7European Bioinformatics Institute, United Kingdom; 8Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany; 9Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany & Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands; 10Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany & Free University of Berlin, Germany; 11Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany; 12Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands & Independent scientist, member of the German Limnological Association (GLA), Germany; 13Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands & Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany; 14Norwegian Institute of Water Research, Norway & Agder University, Norway; 15Polytechnical School of Lausanne, Switzerland; 16Poznan University of Life Science, Poland; 17Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia & University of Split, Croatia; 18Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; 19Umeå University, Sweden; 20University Duisburg-Essen, Germany; 21University of Barcelona, Spain; 22University of Bucharest, Romania; 23University of California, Berkeley, United States of America; 24University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; 25University of Cantabria, Spain; 26University of Debrecen, Hungary; 27University of Granada, Spain; 28University of Innsbruck, Austria; 29University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany & University of Québec in Montréal, Canada; 30University of León, Spain; 31University of Málaga, Spain & Coccosphere Environmental Analysis, Spain; 32University of Málaga, Spain; 33University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy; 34University of Pannonia, Hungary & MTA-PE Limnoecology Research Group, Hungary; 35University of Pannonia, Hungary; 36University of Parma, Italy; 37University of Reading, United Kingdom & Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom; 38University of Trento, Italy & Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany; 39University of Trento, Italy; 40University of Valencia, Spain; 41University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, Spain; 42University of Vigo, Spain; 43University of Zagreb, Croatia; 44Uppsala University, Sweden & Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden; 45Uppsala University, Sweden; 46Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Primary producers (algae and macrophytes) play a key role in freshwater ecosystem functioning by converting inorganic carbon and nutrients to organic forms and fueling the food web. In urban ponds, these primary producers are subject to several anthropogenic environmental factors (e.g. shoreline structure) that affect the ecosystem functioning. Alterations in primary producers community could change the ecological status and the ecosystem services potential of the urban ponds. The ecosystem services provided by freshwaters, for example maintaining habitat for aquatic life, reflect their value and importance to society and are essential for management. However, this concept is less frequently applied to urban ponds, even though these ecosystems are often closely connected to society. We hypothesize that a good ecological status of urban ponds will be reflected by a high valuation of their ecosystem services. The Urban Algae project (FreshProject2.0) investigates the link between public perception of urban ponds, their ecological status and their provision of ecosystem services. FreshProject2.0 is a joint initiative by the European Federation of Freshwater Sciences board, the European Fresh and Young Researchers and representatives of the Fresh Blood for Fresh Water meetings, aiming to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among young scientists. Within the project consortium, 30 teams sampled 56 urban ponds across Europe in the summer of 2018 to assess their functioning and ecosystem services. Furthermore, an online survey was developed to assess public perception of ecosystem services of ponds. During the conference, preliminary results will be presented in the dedicated special session.