Living organisms and sedimentary remains from high mountain lakes in the Alps


  • Aldo Marchetto | Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Angela Boggero Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Diego Fontaneto Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Andrea Lami Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • André F. Lotter Institute of Plant Sciences, Paleoecology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • Marina M. Manca Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Julieta Massaferro Programa de Conservación de la Biodiversidad del Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Bariloche, Argentina.
  • Rosario Mosello Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Simona Musazzi Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Ulrike Nickus Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Roland Psenner Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy.
  • Michela Rogora Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Sanna Sorvari Stundet Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE), Research Infrastructure Services, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Evzen Stuchlik Biology Centre CAS, Institute of Hydrobiology, České Budějovice, Czechia.
  • Gabriele A. Tartari Water Research Institute, Italian National Research Council (CNR-IRSA), Italy.
  • Hansjörg Thies Institute of Interdisciplinary Alpine Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Monica Tolotti Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all'Adige (TN) , Italy.


We publish a data set of environmental and biological data collected in 2000 during the ice-free period in high mountain lakes located above the local timberline in the Alps, in Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Environmental data include coordinates, geographical attributes and detailed information on vegetation, bedrock and land use in lake catchments. Chemical analyses of a sample for each lake collected at the lake surface in Summer 2000 are also reported. Biological data include phytoplankton (floating algae and cyanobacteria), zooplankton (floating animals), macroinvertebrates (aquatic organisms visible to the naked eye living in contact with sediments on lake bottom), benthic diatoms. Diatoms, cladocera and chironomids remains and algal and bacterial pigments were also analysed in lake sediments.



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Marchetto A, Boggero A, Fontaneto D, Lami A, Lotter AF, Manca MM, Massaferro J, Mosello R, Musazzi S, Nickus U, Psenner R, Rogora M, Sorvari Stundet S, Stuchlik E, Tartari GA, Thies H, Tolotti M. Living organisms and sedimentary remains from high mountain lakes in the Alps. J Limnol [Internet]. 2021 Aug. 12 [cited 2021 Sep. 24];. Available from:

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