A GLANCE AT RESEARCH

On 4-8 April 2016, a group of 24 students of the Technical University of Munich took part in the field trip to the Adige catchment organized in the context of the Water Resources Management at the Catchment Scale lecture, offered by Markus Disse, Gabriele Chiogna and Michael Tarantik (click here to download the flyer).The students were divided into 6 groups dealing with different problems present in the Adige River Basin (cryosphere and climate change, hydropower and water quality impacts, biological water quality).

On Monday, students had the possibility to observe the effect of hydropeaking at the Noce River in Mezzolombardo and then visited the Santa Giustina Reservoir in Val di Non. On Tuesday, the focus was on the hydrological experiments performed in the Vermigliana catchment. In particular, water quality measurements were taken to investigate the effect of a waste water treatment plant on the creek. Moreover, it was possible to visit the experimental site managed by the group of Alberto Bellin (University of Trento) as well as historical and modern hydropower plants.

On Wednesday, thanks to the support of Meteotrentino and the company Carosello Tonale, it was possible to discuss the effects of climate change on the Presena Glacier and to observe the color of snow using an infrared thermography under the precious supervision of Arnaldo Tonelli and Fabiana Zandonai (Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto). The main activity on Thursday was the investigation of chemical stressors on biota. In particular, Valeria Lencioni and her team from the Science Museum of Trento introduced the students to macrobenthos sampling and classification. On the last day, the groups analyzed the data collected during the field campaign. Overall, students provided an excellent evaluation of this lecture. They appreciated the possibility of getting to know better the GLOBAQUA project and the possibility to work side by side with international groups of scientists.