Articles | Volume 25, issue 6
Research article
08 Jun 2021
Research article |  | 08 Jun 2021

Groundwater fauna in an urban area – natural or affected?

Fabien Koch, Kathrin Menberg, Svenja Schweikert, Cornelia Spengler, Hans Jürgen Hahn, and Philipp Blum

Data sets

Corine Land Cover (CLC) European seamless vector database European Environment Agency

Model code and software

KIT-IngGeo/Groundwater_Ecology: first release (Version v1.0.0) KIT-IngGeo

Short summary
In this study, we address the question of whether groundwater fauna in an urban area is natural or affected in comparison to forested land. We find noticeable differences in the spatial distribution of groundwater species and abiotic parameters. An ecological assessment reveals that conditions in the urban area are mainly not good. Yet, there is no clear spatial pattern in terms of land use and anthropogenic impacts. These are significant findings for conservation and usage of urban groundwater.