Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection

Polish Science Achievements: Ecohydrology

Ecohydrology (EH) is a transdisiplinary and integrative sustainability problem solving science that seeks to understand the ecological processes controlled by the hydrological cycle. The theoretical and empirical background to the principles of Ecohydrology were developed by professor Maciej Zalewski with a team from the Department of Applied Ecology of the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection University of Lodz,  and the international collaborators in the framework of the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme. The water budget – ecosystem distribution at a catchment scale, is considered in ecohydrology as a framework for the regulation of processes to enhance of Water, Biodiveristy, ecosystem Services (e.g. food, fuel), ecosystem Resilience and Cultural heritage (WBRS+C) (Zalewski 2014). Such a multidimentional goal for catchment management is the fundamental condition for the transition from exploitative to sustainable resource use, incorporating innovative tools as “Nature Based Solutions” and a systemic approach compatible with the “Circular and Bio-Economy”.

The module offered for Summer School is the introduction to the ULO Master Course in Ecohydrology that aims to create highly specialized professionals in the area of Ecohydrology (EH). The module links ecology and hydrology and shows how  to use it as a management tool for protection and management of the natural environment. The module is placed in context  of modern methods and ecological biotechnologies, and with consideration of current environmental policy. Programme is also available within ERASMUS MUNDUS Master of Science in Ecohydrology (ECOHYD, www.ecohydmaster.org).

The module consist of five special lectures and workshops with additional fields studies:

  1. Ecohydrology
  2. Urban ecohydrology – case studies in Lodz
  3. Phytotechnologies and phytoremediation – ecohydrology tools
  4. Environmental/landscape planning – focus on river basin management and river restoration
  5. Ecotoxicology

For further details please download this selective module detailed overview.