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Upper Isar: 1 day excursion with Thomas Wagner

Sunday, 08.09.2024

[Photo: Thomas Wagner]

Once an untamed Alpine river with a braidplain up to 2 km wide, stretching into the Alpine forelands as far as Freising, the Isar has been heavily modified for flood protection and hydropower generation over two centuries. Today, only the Upper Isar between Wallgau and Sylvensteinspeicher is still in a largely natural state. On our excursion, we first visit the Isar near Vorderriss with its still natural riverscape, then a degraded section downstream of the Sylvenstein dam, and conclude with a visit to the Mühltal restoration section, one of the largest restored continuous Alpine river sections in Europe.

Max. 24 participants

50 EUR per person (food and drinks NOT included)

Departure: Freising 8:00, return ca. 19:00

Middle Isar channel and lakes: 1 day excursion with Hanno Schaefer

Sunday, 08.09.2024

[Photo: Hanno Schaefer]

In the 1920s, a more than 60 km long concrete channel and seven water power stations were built in the North of Munich to produce energy with a part of the Isar water. Three large and three large artificial lakes were constructed to be able to regulate the water flow through the turbines. Even though this has had negative consequences for the Isar ecosystem, the artificial lakes quickly turned into some of the most important bird habitats in the region. We will visit the Ismaninger Speichersee, Moosburger Speichersee, and the Echinger Speichersee near Landshut where we will have a chance to observe some of the many bird species that breed in the area and the first autumn migrants. While the main focus will be on the avifauna, we will also have a look at flora and vegetation in and around the lakes.

Max. 20 participants

50 EUR per person (food and drinks NOT included)

Departure: Freising 8:00, return ca. 17:00

Murnauer Moos: 1 day excursion with Hanno Schaefer

Friday, 13.09.2024

[Photo: Richard Bartz, wiki.commons, CC BY-SA 2.5]

The Murnauer Moos is with an area of 32 km2 the largest still relatively well-preserved bogland ecosystem in Bavaria and Germany. During 10 km hike, we will see the most important vegetation types, characteristic flora and fauna, and some of the challenges for nature conservation in this nature reserve.

Max. 20 participants

50 EUR per person (food and drinks NOT included)

Departure: Freising 8:00, return ca. 19:00

Berchtesgaden National Park: Two-day field trip on science and conservation in an iconic mountain landscape with Rupert Seidl

Friday 13.09. - Saturday 14.09.2024

[Photo: Hanno Schaefer]

Berchtesgaden Nationalpark is Germany’s only national park in the Alps. It is a unique landscape characterized by strong environmental gradients and very high biological diversity, that is strongly affected by the ongoing environmental changes. Since 2019, research and monitoring at Berchtesgaden Nationalpark is managed in cooperation with Technical University of Munich, utilizing opportunities for improved insights into the dynamics of mountain landscapes, and providing suport for evidence-based management of protected areas. The field trip will allow participants to experience the diverse ecosystems of Berchtesgaden National Park first hand. We will discuss ongoing research at Berchtesgaden National Park, including topics such as biodiversity across gradients of elevation and land cover, vegetation changes at the tree line, dynamics of mountain ungulates and forest change. We will also address current issues of managing protected areas, including visitors management, the regulation of ungulates, high mountain pastures, and the management of spreading forest disturbances such as bark beetles. The field trip will be guided by the teams at TU Munich and Berchtesgaden National Park (Prof. Rupert Seidl, Dr. Sebastian König, Michael Maroschek, Dr. Rudolf Reiner) with a focus on providing diverse inputs and perspectives for participants.

Max. 20 participants

Cost: tba

Departure: Freising at 08:30 on Friday, Sept. 13,

Return to Freising on Saturday, Sept. 14, at approx. 17:00

Exploring City Oases in Munich: 1 day excursion with Monika Egerer

Friday, 13.09.2024

[Photo: pixabay content licence]

Urban green spaces are important habitats in the city for people and nature – becoming what we consider ‘urban oases’ in the built environment. Under climate change, elements such as trees, park areas and forests will gain importance for contributing to urban heat mitigation and thus climate resilience. Furthermore, vegetatively diverse and structurally complex urban green spaces are linked to biodiversity conservation, as well as to the health of people in the city, who demand recreation and socializing in urban green spaces. In response, the City of Munich has many ambitious plans around urban greening for climate adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and public health. Although great strides have been made in recent years, many challenges remain. In this full-day excursion led by our interdisciplinary research groups, we will visit different green spaces in the city of Munich, including city parks, street trees and gardens. We will discuss developments in urban greening in the inner city, as well as new research in transdisciplinary engagements with city administration in urban labs for the monitoring and assessment of biodiversity. The walk will also be accompanied by a ‘climate walk’ in which we will use new methods to assess thermal comfort with a ‘climate backpack’ designed by TUM entrepreneurs.

Max. 25 participants

Meeting point: 09:30 @ Marienplatz, Munich (meet at the Mariensäule; https://goo.gl/maps/2fM1TwKtXBTrojpr6), to end at ~16:00 - 17:00. Use SBahn S1 from Freising until “Marienplatz”.

Contact: Monika Egerer (monika.egerer@tum.de)