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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Situated in the alpine region of the Tyrolean Stubaier Alpen, Gossenköllesee is a typical high-mountain lake at an altitude of about 2,400 meters above sea level. The lake surface is 1,6 hectares.
The whole biosphere reserve covers not more than the lake and its small catchment area. The lake supports algae vegetation. In the surrounding terrestrial areas, lichens, siliceous screes and siliceous alpine grasslands are predominating. Gossenköllesee is one of the highest situated lakes with brown trout (Salmo trutta F. fario) which was introduced in the 15th or 16th century. Due to the long lasting isolation of the lake, this fish population is of special research interest. Sediment analysis from Gossenköllesee can track back environmental changes eight hundred years. The limnological station of the University of Innsbruck is located at the lakeshore of Gossenkölle.
According to the nature protection law of the Tyrol, the lake itself and the area around its lakeshores within a zone of 500 meters are protected with applicants for plans and projects having to ask for a permit.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems; mountain lake ecosystem
  Major habitats & land cover types   Nutrient poor high-mountain lake ecosystem (mean depth 4,8m) with nanoplanctic, epilithic and epipelic algae; lichen heath, alpine meadows
  Location   47°14'N; 11°01'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   100
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +2,413 to +2,828
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities  
  Brief description   High mountain lake ecosystems
Quantitative autecological investigations
Environmental monitoring
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Autoecology/Synecology, freshwater/inland water.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Monitoring/methodologies.
  Contact address    
Abteilung Umweltschutz
Sillgasse 8
A-6020 Innsbruck
  Telephone   (43.512) 576 377
  Fax   (43.512) 576 377 200

Last updated: 07/10/2006

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