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Florian Wittmann

Prof. Dr. Florian Wittmann

Professor of Fluvial and Riparian ecology
KIT - Institute of Geography und Geoecology
Department of wetland ecology
Josefstraße 1
D-76437 Rastatt
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Secretariat: Gerda Fritz
Tel. +49 7222 3807-11
Fax +49 (0)7222 3807-99
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Postal address

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Geography und Geoecology
Department of wetland ecology
D-76437 Rastatt

Tel. +49 (0)7222 3807-0
Fax +49 (0)7222 3807-99
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Department of wetland ecology (former WWF-Auen-Institut)

Our group combines ecological research in floodplains with applied projects in the areas of flood control and floodplain development.


Department of wetland ecology in Rastatt

Particularly in times of extreme flood events, floodplains and their importance for people and the environment become a matter of public interest. The Department of wetland ecology has always viewed rivers and floodplains as an ecological unit.



The institute was founded in 1985 and – after nearly three decades – is an internationally acclaimed venue for floodplain research and development. It is sponsored by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where it pertains to the Institute for Geography and Geoecology.



Aside from the research on floodplain eco-systems, the interconnection between flood prevention, floodplain development and restoration is another key area of the Department of wetland ecology. Not only are scientific problems such as the reciprocity between floods, organisms, ground, relief, groundwater, use etc. approached, but solutions for problems in floodplain areas are also developed and executed. This is carried out by an interdisciplinary team, which is active in a variety of river landscapes throughout Europe and beyond.


The Department of wetland ecology is located at the branch in Rastatt.

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