Anthropogenic Changes in the Landscape Hydrology of the Berlin-Brandenburg Region


  • Christoph Merz Leibniz-Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research ZALF, Institute of Landscape Hydrology, Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg
  • Asaf Pekdeger Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Geological Sciences, Hydrogeology Group, Malteserstr. 74-100, 12249 Berlin


For decades, water resources have been used intensively for drinking water, industry, agriculture and energy production. This paper summarises the main anthropogenic influences on the water cycle in a Pleistocene landscape and associated geochemical reactions. The results allow the identification and description of the main hydraulic and geochemical processes that control water and solute fluxes in different hydrological compartments, in particular recharge and discharge regions. Under progressive climate change, this process-based knowledge should be used to adapt land and water management to minimise negative impacts on hydrological resources and stabilise the regional water balance in the Berlin-Brandenburg Pleistocene landscape. Based on these results, a risk assessment approach for validation of future management strategies under changing climate conditions is presented.


How to Cite

Merz, C., & Pekdeger, A. (2011). Anthropogenic Changes in the Landscape Hydrology of the Berlin-Brandenburg Region. DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 142(1-2), 21–39. Retrieved from