A new collaborative research center (SFB 1253) "Catchments as Reactors: Metabolism of Pollutants on the Landscape Scale" (CAMPOS) was granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on 17 November 2016.
The center is led by Prof. Peter Grathwohl from Universität Tübingen. Further participants in the collaboration include institutes from Universität Hohenheim and Universität Stuttgart, the Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) of Leipzig and the Helmholtz Centre of München. LS3 of Stuttgart leads one out of eight subprojects and participates in other two subprojects.
CAMPOS will examine the functioning of river basins, which are relevant for the degradation and retention of contaminants. For this, an interdisciplinary research program is set up, including field studies, laboratory tests, and modelling. A special focus is put on rivers, subsections of river sources, valleys, fractured aquifers and soils. LS3 will contribute in the area of optimal design of experiments as well as uncertainty quantification. These are especially relevant when modelling complex -and not fully understood- systems.