The third large Danube expedition took place this summer and also some of my old colleagues (macroinvertebrate specialists from BOKU University) where part of this fascinating survey.
Today marks the end of the third Joint Danube Survey (JDS3), the biggest river research expedition in the world this year. After 2,375 kilometers and ten countries, the survey has collected a huge range of data to add to the study and management of the European Union’s longest river.
Organized by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the JDS takes place once every 6 years; fittingly, this time it took place during the UN’s International Year of Water Cooperation. The full-time international team was composed of 18 scientists who traveled nearly the full length of the river, with assistance from national teams that helped with sampling and testing. JDS3 provides a unified dataset on water quality, biology, chemistry, and hydromorphology, from surveying fish and measuring water velocity to studying radioactive contaminants from the Chernobyl accident.
Beginning on August 14th in Regensburg, Germany, the…
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