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The Alte Donau: Successful Restoration and Sustainable Management

An Ecosystem Case Study of a Shallow Urban Lake

  • Martin T. Dokulil
  • Karl Donabaum
  • Katrin Teubner

Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. History, Physiography, Chemistry and Climate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Georg Kum, Martin T. Dokulil
      Pages 27-34
    3. Raimund Taschke
      Pages 35-44
    4. Karl Donabaum, Martin T. Dokulil
      Pages 45-54
    5. P. Riedler, Karl Donabaum
      Pages 69-85
  4. Biology, Ecology and Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Karin Pall
      Pages 89-105
    3. Martin T. Dokulil, Wilfried Kabas
      Pages 149-162
    4. Katrin Teubner, Monika Großschartner, Irene E. Teubner
      Pages 163-212
    5. Gerald Pfister
      Pages 213-225
    6. Branko Velimirov, Ulrike R. Fischer, Alexander K. T. Kirschner, Claudia Wieltschnig
      Pages 227-241
    7. Berthold Janecek, Patrick Leitner, Otto Moog, Katrin Teubner
      Pages 243-274
    8. Herwig Waidbacher, Silke-Silvia Drexler
      Pages 275-312
    9. Rainer Raab, Ulrike Goldschmid
      Pages 313-327

About this book


Here we report on a 25-year long-term sequence of measures to return a deteriorated recreational urban lake, Alte Donau in Vienna to acceptable water quality. Metropolitan waters require focused ecosystem management plans and intensive in-lake efforts. We explored physico-chemical conditions, food web from viruses to fish and water birds, the sediments, the littoral zone and the catchment, management and urban planning, and global warming. Several restoration techniques were tested and critically evaluated. The final management plan was based on bi-stable theory. During the recovery phase, numerous surplus adjustments had to be implemented to secure sustainable achievement.


Water quality Lake restoration techniques Lake rehabilitation Food web analysis Alte Donau Littoral zones Urban lakes Eutrophication Waterbirds Benthic invertebrates Lake management Nutrient loading Macrophytes Fish assemblages

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin T. Dokulil
    • 1
  • Karl Donabaum
    • 2
  • Katrin Teubner
    • 3
  1. 1.DWS-Hydro-Ökologie GmbHWienAustria
  2. 2.DWS-Hydro-Ökologie GmbHWienAustria
  3. 3.Dept. of Limnology & Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaWienAustria

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“This book provides an instructive overview about the restoration and monitoring of a vulnerable aquatic ecosystem. Photographs and diagrams illustrate the investigated organisms and landscape and the results of measurements helping the understanding. This book can be recommended to everyone interested in either restoration techniques or shallow urban lakes.” (M. Duleba, Acta Botanica Hungarica, Vol. 61 (3-4), 2019)

“The book will be of interest to many freshwater specialists as well as to those concerned with the management of lakes. It should prove of particular value to limnologists working in emerging economies where the pressures connected with urban development continue to grow.” (D. Glen George, SILnews, Vol. 74, June, 2019)