Freshwater Information Platform


Database management

Scientific lead: Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber ( astrid.schmidt-kloiber@boku.ac.at) -  BOKU Vienna
Technical lead: Robert Vogl ( irv@irv-software.at) -  IRV-Software Vienna
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Department Water - Atmosphere - Environment
Institute of Hydrobiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Working Group RHEOPHYLAX
Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:++43 (1) 47654 81225; Fax: ++43 (1) 47654 81217
© 2001-2024 by BOKU


Ecological classifications: see  Experts of taxagroups with ecological/biological information and  Terms of use (citation)
Other taxonomic experts: see  Other taxonomic experts
Webdesign: Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber ( astrid.schmidt-kloiber@boku.ac.at) -  BOKU Vienna
Technical realisation: Robert Vogl ( irv@irv-software.at) -  IRV-Software Vienna

Copyright photos

Fish: BOKU Vienna - Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Macro-invertebrates: Wolfram Graf, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Helmut Schuhmacher
Macrophytes: Bernard Dudley, Wolfram Graf
Phytobenthos: Wolfram Graf
Phytoplankton: Oliver Skibbe

General Data Protection Regulation

Privacy policy

All data on this website are processed based on the current Austrian and international laws and regulations (GDPR, DSGVO, TKG 2003). The provisions below explain the manner, extent and purpose for collecting, using and processing personal information by the provider ( www.domaintechnik.at). You can use our website without leaving or storing any personal data. If we ask for personal data (registration, newsletter, contact form), we just use it for the case we asked for and for which you are granting permission to us. Our website may be used without entering personal information. Different rules may apply to certain services on our site, however, and are explained separately below. We do care for your data, we will never hand over your data to third parties in any case. Please be aware that data transfer via internet is subject to security risks and, therefore, complete protection against third-party access to transferred data cannot be ensured.


If you contact us via email or a contact form via this website we will save the received information in case of further communication. The saved information will only be used for communication purposes with you and not be handed over to a 3rd party.

User registration and login

We offer the opportunity to register on our website, so that you can use further services (detailed queries of species preferences and traits). Data entered in the course of the registration process which can be seen in the registration entry form, namely name, email, institute, position and country, research interests, are collected and stored solely for the use of our offer. By registering on our site, we further store your IP address as well as the date and time of your registration. This serves as a hedge on our part in the event that a third party abuses your data and registers with this data without your knowledge. A comparison of these data with other data collected by other components of our website does not take place.

Your email address will only be used to send freshwaterecology.info-related information (occasional newsletter). You have the option to deregister from our website at any time.
Please send an email to the following address:  registration@freshwaterecology.info.

We never pass on any data to third parties.

Server logfiles

The provider of the website ( www.domaintechnik.at, server location: Vienna, Austria) is logging all accesses to the website. The logfile is anonymised prior to its storage, including the IP address, so it is not counting as "personal data" in sense of the GDPR/DSGVO. All logfiles will be deleted automatically after 30 days by the provider. These logfiles are only used to detect potential threats for the server, they are not be used for any statistical analyses.

Use of log data

To improve and optimise the services offered on our website, the following information is stored with each query: IP address, user ID, queried page, queried criteria, date and time, browser type. This information only serves the usability of our website and will not be passed on to third parties.


Cookies are small pieces of data sent from the webserver and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. They do not contain any harmful code or viruses. Only so-called "session cookies" will be set by our webserver, these will be deleted after you close your browser.

Web analytics

We do not use any web analytic tools to track your visit on our website.

Your rights

You have the right to get information, ask for correction or request deletion of your personal data which we might have stored any time. You can contact us if you have questions concerning your personal data and our data privacy policy via the persons and contact details named in the contact section (link). If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or if your data protection claims have otherwise been violated in a way, you can complain to the supervisory authority. In Austria, this is the data protection authority ( https://www.dsb.gv.at/).


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