This project contributes to the Blue Green Biodiversity research initiative - an Eawag-WSL collaboration focusing on biodiversity at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
This project will monitor the impact of urbanization and prepare for an urban living lab. In central Bern, a 20 ha greenfield site (Viererfeld/Mittelfeld) will be developed to house 3’000 people. This narrow window of opportunity to capture the ‘pre-development’ state before construction begins will yield rare data of scientific merit and immense value for our Blue Green Infrastructure/ Biodiversity (BGI/BGB) research. With an initial set of sensors we will capture baseline hydrological and microclimate conditions. Ultimately, we wish to establish an urban living lab for BGI/BGB research that leverages rich longitudinal measurements of this urban transformation. We are currently creating a consortium of researchers interested in the urban living lab idea, including scientists at Eawag and WSL, in the fields of biodiversity, noise & light pollution, urban soils, hydrogeology, and citizen science. Investments in this project will produce a unique and rare data set with its own scientific merits, of significant value to our BGI research and for publication.