Verena Esser



  River Inde Copyright: © V. Esser River Inde nearby Kirchberg.

Landscape systems are subject to constant changes due to climatic and anthropogenic factors or interventions. These cause, for example, an increase of sediment inputs and of sedimentation rates in river systems. Thus, sediments represent an archive of the past, which stores information about changes in landscape. Pollutants, which date back to different periods, are also contained in this archive and provide valuable information on the development of anthropogenic interventions.


Morphological and ecotoxicological investigations of fluvial sediments are used to assess the contamination as well as the impact of flood events on the distribution of contaminants in river systems. In this context, effects on renaturation will be analyzed.

Duration 07/2017 - 07/2019
Funding Exploratory Research Space of the RWTH Aachen, ERS
Project partners

Prof. Dr. Henner Hollert, Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen
Prof. Dr. Holger Schüttrumpf, Institute for Hydraulic Engineering, RWTH Aachen
Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe, Chair of Management Accounting, RWTH Aachen
Prof. Dr. Matthias Wessling, Chair of Chemical Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen
Prof. Dr. Roger Häußling, Institute of Sociology, RWTH Aachen