long-term-socio-ecological studies

The emerging interdisciplinary field of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research, abbreviated LTSER, aims at observing, analyzing, understanding and modelling of changes in coupled socio-ecological (or human-environment) systems over longer, i.e. at least decadal, sometimes even centennial, periods of time. LTSER is focused on interactions between societies and ecosystems at various spatial and temporal scales. By including long-term monitoring, historical research, forecasting and scenario building, empirical and conceptual research as well as participatory approaches, LTSER aims at providing a knowledge base that helps to reorient socio-economic trajectories towards more sustainable pathways. (From LTER Europe)

A review of official information on pollution sources within the Danube basin district between Iron Gate and the confluences of Osam and Olt rivers has been made. Economic activities located in this area are considered to have potential impact on the environmental quality of the Danube floodplain between Vidin-Calafat and Nikopol-Turnu Magurele. Nineteen industrial enterprises have been identified as significant sources of contamination based on data from the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) referred to 2011.

The Danube: Future Project is a combination of regional, national and supra-national initiatives in interdisciplinary sustainability research with training and capacity building. It contributes to the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin (DRB) with particular focus on the humanities.

The interdisciplinary project URBWATER investigates fundamental changes of Vienna’s waterscape from 1683-1918 and analyzes the influence of the dynamic aquatic environment for Vienna’s urban development. While the Danube and the adjacent riparian area have been reconstructed back to 1529 in the precursor project ENVIEDAN, the environmental history of its tributary system remains largely unknown.

DIS - DIAnet International School


The DIAnet Schools offer a unique opportunity for young researchers to familiarize with issues regarding the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin. The main goal is to provide systematic knowledge of a humanities-driven interdisciplinary research.

Researchers from different countries and different fields of study can work together to tackle sustainability issues of the Danube River Basin through an interdisciplinary perspective.