Wetland Restoration

Photo of a wetland, with plants and water

Wetlands provide 40% of the renewable ecosystem services, despite their global cover of only 6%. However, wetlands are being degraded which endangers the performance of ecosystem services. Climate change processes might further exacerbate their degradation. We analyse undisturbed, degraded and restored wetlands. Our studies enable us to better understand wetland processes and how they function and to design measures and policies to restore them.



  • NWO Building with Nature
  • RWS
  • HDSR
  • OBN


Mirosław-Świątek, Dorota, Marcinkowski, Paweł, Kochanek, Krzysztof & Wassen, Martin J. (2020). The impact of climate change on flow conditions and wetland ecosystems in the Lower Biebrza River (Poland). PeerJ, 8 (29 p.).

Veeken, Annegreet & Wassen, Martin J. (2020). Impact of local- and regional-scale restoration measures on a vulnerable rich fen in the Naardermeer nature reserve (the Netherlands). Plant Ecology, 221 (10), (pp. 893-911).

Keizer, F. M., Van der Lee, G. H., Schot, P. P., Kardel, I., Barendregt, Aat & Wassen, M. J. (15.08.2018). Floodplain plant productivity is better predicted by particulate nutrients than by dissolved nutrients in floodwater. Ecological Engineering, 119, (pp. 54-63) (10 p.).

Saaltink, R.M., Dekker, S.C., Griffioen, J. & Wassen, M.J. (2018). Vegetation growth and sediment dynamics in a created freshwater wetland. Ecological Engineering, 111, (pp. 11-21) (11 p.).

Walalite, Tanapipat, Dekker, Stefan C., Schot, Paul P. & Wassen, Martin J. (2018). Unraveling the ecological functioning of the monsoonal Songkhram river floodplain in Thailand by integrating data on soil, water, and vegetation. Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, 18 (1), (pp. 10-21).

Saaltink, Rémon M., Dekker, Stefan C., Eppinga, Maarten B., Griffioen, Jasper & Wassen, Martin J. (2017). Plant-specific effects of iron-toxicity in wetlands. Plant and Soil (online), 416 (1-2), (pp. 83-96) (14 p.).

Keizer, F.M., Schot, P.P., Okruszko, T. & Wassen, M.J. (2016). Landscape-scale ecohydrological mapping demonstrating how flood inundation water quality types relate to floodplain vegetation communities. Ecohydrology, 9 (8), (pp. 1539-1553).

Saaltink, R.M., Dekker, S.C., Griffioen, J. & Wassen, M.J. (07.09.2016). Wetland eco-engineering: measuring and modeling feedbacks of oxidation processes between plants and clay-rich material. Biogeosciences, 13, (pp. 4945-4957) (13 p.).

Walalite, Tanapipat, Dekker, Stefan C., Keizer, Floris M., Kardel, Ignacy, Schot, Paul P., deJong, Steven M. & Wassen, Martin J. (2016). Flood Water Hydrochemistry Patterns Suggest Floodplain Sink Function for Dissolved Solids from the Songkhram Monsoon River (Thailand). Wetlands, 36 (6), (pp. 995-1008) (14 p.).

Jabłońska, Ewa, Falkowski, Tomasz, Chormański, Jarosław, Jarzombkowski, Filip, Kłosowski, Stanisław, Okruszko, Tomasz, Pawlikowski, Paweł, Theuerkauf, Martin, Wassen, Martin J. & Kotowski, Wiktor (2014). Understanding the long term ecosystem stability of a fen mire by analyzing subsurface geology, eco-hydrology and nutrient stoichiometry - Case study of the Rospuda valley (NE Poland). Wetlands, 34 (4), (pp. 815-828) (14 p.).

Keizer, F. M., Schot, P. P., Okruszko, T., Chormański, J., Kardel, I. & Wassen, M. J. (01.03.2014). A new look at the Flood Pulse Concept - The (ir)relevance of the moving littoral in temperate zone rivers. Ecological Engineering, 64 (March 2014), (pp. 85-99) (15 p.).