General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Lake Restoration - Aims, Methods, Results
Language English
Module lecturer Renata Dondajewska-Pielka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 30


Lecture 1: Prior to the lake restoration (2h)        

Lecture 2: Technical methods of lake restoration directed on lake water (2h)

Lecture 3: Chemical methods of lake restoration directed on sediments (2h)

Lecture 4: Biological methods of lake restoration (2h)     

Lecture 5: Novel techniques in lake restoration (2h)


Seminar 1: Case studies of technical lake restoration (2h)

Seminar 2: Case studies of chemical and biological lake restoration (2h)

Seminar 3: Case studies of sustainable lake restoration (2h)


Practical 1: : Lake susceptibility to degradation and the impact of catchment characteristics on lake (2h)

Practical 2: The calculation of loads from catchment (2h)

Practical 3: Phosphorus precipitation (lab) (3h)

Practical 4: The reaction of plankton to lake restoration, Water quality (ecological state, Carlson trophic index) (3h)

Practical 5: Projects of lake protection and restoration - preparation (2h)

Practical 6: Projects of lake protection and restoration - presentation (2h)


Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of lake ecology.


The idea behind the course is to present a variety of methods used in lake restoration, including their efficiency, pros and cons. This knowledge will be used during project of lake restoration prepared by students during practicals, based on data on lake trophic status, pollution sources and characteristics of hydrobionts (work on data from previous studies as well as in laboratory and with microscopic material). Additionally, case studies of lake restoration will be discussed during seminars to reveal more specific conditions and results of restoration measurements. 

Reading list

Klapper H., 2002, Technologies for lake restoration, J Limnol 62, 1: 73-90

The lake and reservoir restoration guidance manual, Second Edition,1990, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington

Special issue “Cyanobacterial blooms. Ecology, prevention, mitigation and control. Aquatic Ecology 2016 Vol. 50 (3)

Perrow M.R., Davy A.J., 2008, Handbook of ecological restoration, Vol. 1 and 2, Cambridge University press