High Altitude Wetland in the Alps, Switzerland. Image by Christine Schleupner, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.
High altitude wetlands are scenic and unique ecosystems that fulfill important hydrological functions and provide many ecosystem services. They also serve as geo-archives and play a role in greenhouse-gas emissions, just to name a few things.
The photograph has been taken at the Riffelsee (2770 m) near Zermatt, Switzerland. The small lake surrounded by wet-meadows and cottongrass is famous for its reflection of the Matterhorn. In a current project at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change in Hamburg distribution and services of such wetlands are evaluated and integrated into interdisciplinary models.
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