Long Term Ecohydrological Research Poland
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City of Lodz LTSER Platform

Website adress http://www.switch.unesco.lodz.pl/
Institute being in charge of research: ERCE u/a UNESCO, Tylna 3, 90-364 Lodz, Poland www.erce.unesco.lodz.pl
Year of establishment 2006
Contact person: dr Iwona Wagner (e-mail: iwwag@biol.uni.lodz.pl)


Site characteristics in brief


site description: Lodz is the third-largest city in Poland. Located in the central part of the country, approximately 135 km south-west of Warsaw. It has a population of 753,192 people. It is the capital of Lodz Voivodeship. Although Lodz was given city rights in 1423, it developed rapidly only in XIX century. It became a centre of textile industry run by four nations: Polish, Jewish, German and Russian. During the economic transition of the 1990s Lodz lost its industry. Since that time it has been developing towards the centre of culture, education, and technology. The city was built on 18 rivers, many of them has been canalized and incorporated into stormwater system in industrial period of its history. It has also a number of parks originating from XIX century and the biggest city forest in Europe. The mixture of nature, unique secessional and original industrial architecture is a value of the city and a basis for its integrated revitalization.
ecosystem type under investigation:
  • forest
  • grassland
  • cultivated land
  • freshwater streams or/and lakes
  • urbanised area
  • marine
  • hierarchical level of plots/objects monitored:
  • watershed
  • landscape
  • ecosystem
  • community
  • objects investigated by the study
    • Influence of city planning on quality and quantity of water resources
    • Ecosystem services in urban area
    • Ecohydrological processes in urban catchments
    location - geographic co-ordinates: latitude: 51° 47'' N
    longitude: 19° 28'' E
    location - altitude: 219 (above sea level)


    • President of the City of Lodz, City Offices including: City Office for Urban Planning, City Office for Environment Protection and Agriculture, City Forest Department, Department of Strategy and Analysis, Department of Town-Planning and Architecture,


    Summary of research activities


    hypothesis / problem Ecohydrology for integrated revitalization of the city
    aims of studies - protection and development of city blue-green network (green areas and river-scapes) and green ring around the city to secure delivery of ecosystem services to inhabitants, and to maintain cultural, environmental and historical integrity of the city - implementation of integrated water management in the city based on ecosystem approach - implementation ecohydrology, ecological engineering, biotechnology and phytotechnology for rehabilitation of rivers and their valleys
    selection of publications resulting from the project
    • Wagner, I., Zalewski, M.. 2009. Ecohydrology as a Basis for the Sustainable City Strategic Planning - Focus on Lodz, Poland. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/technology. Springer-Verlag Publisher, DOI 10.1007/s11157-009-9169-8.
    • Urbaniak M., Zieliński M., Wesołowski W., Zalewski M. (2009). Sources and distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-para-dioxins and dibenzofurans in sediments of urban cascade reservoirs, Central Poland. Environment Protection Engineering, 35 (3): 93-103
    • Urbaniak M., Zieliński M., Wesołowski W., Zalewski M. (2009). Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-furans (PCDFs) compounds in sediments of two shallow reservoirs in Central Poland. Arch. Environ. Protec., 35(2): 125-132.
    • Zalewski, M. & Wagner, I. 2008. Ecohydrology of urban aquatic ecosystems for healthy cities [In:] Wagner, I., Marshalek, J. and Breil, P. (eds). 2008. Aquatic Habitats in Sustainable Urban Water Management: Science, Policy and Practice. Taylor and Francis/Balkema: Leiden
    • Wagner, I., Bocian J. & Zalewski M. 2008. The ecohydrological dimension of small urban river management for stormwater and pollution loads mitigation: Lodz, Poland [In:] Wagner, I. , Marshalek, J. and Breil, P.(eds). 2008. Aquatic Habitats in Sustainable Urban Water Management: Science, Policy and Practice. Taylor and Francis/Balkema: Leiden
    • Urbaniak M., Zieliński M., Wesołowski W., Zalewski M. 2008. PCBs and Heavy Metals Contamination in Bottom Sediments from Three Reservoirs of Different Catchment Characteristics. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 17, (6):941-949
    • Krauze, K., Wagner, I. 2008. An ecohydrological approach for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services.In: Petrosillo I., Jones B., Muller F., Zurlini G., Krauze K., Victorov S. (eds). Use of landscape sciences for the assessment of environmental security. Springer-Verlag Publishers. 177-207
    • M. Dziegielewska-Geitz, I. Wagner, A. Sutherland, N. Manning, C. Da Silva, and J. Verhagen, 2008. Learning alliances for innovation in urban water management. Paper presented at the thematic workshop Water and Cities at the Water Tribune Expo Zaragoza, 25-28 July 2008 (http://www.switchurbanwater.eu)
    • Wagner, I., Izydorczyk, K., Drobniewska, A., Fratczak, W., Zalewski, M.. 2007. Inclusion of ecohydrology concept as integral component of systemic in urban water resources management. The city of Lodz case study, Poland. SWITCH Scientific Meeting Proceedings. Birmingham, UK, January 2007
    • Krauze,K.,Wagner,I.,Zalewski,M.,2007.Building integrated strategy to increase resilience of urban catchments - Ecohydrological approach. Report for 2nd Scientific Meeting Tel Aviv, Israel (http://www.switchurbanwater.eu)
    • Zalewski, M., Wagner I. 2005. Ecohydrology - the use of water and ecosystem processes for healthy urban environments. In: Special issue: Aquatic Habitats in Integrated Urban Water ManagementEcohydrology & Hydrobiology, 5,(4): 263-268
    • Mankiewicz-Boczek J., Kaczkowski Z., Godowska M., Zalewski M. 2010. RNA/DNA ratio as an indicator of the impact of long-term accumulative contamination for the assessment of river degradation ? a pilot study. Ecohydrol. Hydrobiol . 10 (2-4) 347-354
    • Urbaniak M., Skowron A., Frątczak W., Zieliński M., Wesołowski W., 2010, Transport of polychlorinated biphenyls in urban cascade reservoirs: levels, sources and correlation to the environmental conditions. Polish J. Environ. Stud., vol. 19, no. 1, 201-211


    Existing data (accessibility: limited access)


    the time span data sets
    1981 - current- hydrological data: discharges, water levels (time span depends on the river)
    2006 - current- hydrochemistry of rivers, reservoirs and groundwater, including heavy metals, dioxins, phosphorus and nitrogen compounds,
    since 1960's- complete meteorological data
    since XIX century- GIS information for the city and its surroundings
    2008- land cover, in details for the demonstration area of the Sokolowka River Valley
    since XIX century- demographic data
    since 1999- fauna and flora diversity for selected areas, habitat diversity

    Existence and availability of socio-economic data


    administrative level time span kind of data
    city and provincesince 1950s- economic data: major sources of income, structure of industry and agriculture, trade, transport, basic household information
    city and provincesince 1950's- social structure, employment, migrations, education,


    Link to other long-term monitoring networks


    UNESCO Global Reference Site country monitoring, regional monitoring


    Expermiental component




    National and International Projects conducted on / related to the site


    • FP6 SWITCH: http://www.switchurbanwater.eu/
    • national Life+ project: Ecohydrologic rehabilitation of recreational reservoirs "Arturówek" (Lodz) as a model approach to rehabilitation of urban reservoirs. EH-REK LIFE08 ENV/PL/000517: www.arturowek.pl
    • Blue - Green Network for management of environmental sites and improvement to water resources for functional and spatial management of city's resources.
    • EU Life + GPPinfoNET: The Green Public Procurement Information Network: http://www.gppinfonet.it


    Housing facilities:


    how many people facility description
    20laboratories, field monitoring and experimental sites
    80lecture hall
    unlimitedaccomodation can be provided either by the Conference Center of the University of Lodz, or by city hotels

    Access to site - how to get to the site (car, bus, railway)


    By plane to the Lodz airport or Warsaw airport. From Warsaw by train (frequency -every hour) or by bus directly from the airport to Lodz Central Station
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