The field trip to the German study basin ‘Gersprenz catchment’ will take place on Friday, Sept. 14th, 2018 (09:00 – 18:00) and is limited to 50 participants. A bus is chartered to take us from Darmstadt to the study area and back.

Tenative programme (Friday, Sept. 14th, 2018)

  • 9:00 Start at meeting point Darmstadt main station. Bus trip to the study basin.
  • Part I: Fischbach basin
  • Lunch break
  • Part II: Gersprenz basin
  • 18:00 return to Darmstadt main station

Gersprenz catchment

  • part of the Rhine river basin
  • source: low mountain range area Odenwald, mouth: Main river (at Stockstadt/Main)
  • Elevation: ca. 600 – 100 m a.s.l.
  • Land use: 49 % agriculture, 36 % forest, 12 % urban

Fischbach subbasin

  • Catchment size: 38 km², river length: 10 km
  • difference of elevation: 250 m
  • small coarse substrate dominated siliceous highland river
  • Land use: 50% forest, 42% agriculture, 6,5% urban
  • Retention are for flood alleviation
Map with places visited during the excursion (based on openstreetmap)
Map with places visited during the excursion (based on openstreetmap)

Planned route:

In the morning, we will visit the Fischbach basin. We will start at the source of the stream. Then we will go to a retention area for flood alleviation and afterwards to a measuring station close to the mouth into the Gersprenz. We will spend the lunch break in Dieburg having lunch and visiting other points of interest (water mill, fish ladder). The last visiting point is a nature protection area.