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A pan-European spatial database of rivers and catchments and their characteristics is important for the monitoring and sustainable management of European water resources and for the analysis of cause-effect relationships between policies and environmental processes. In order to be useful for European policy, the data and information must cover the whole area of interest, be detailed enough to allow for a sound analysis and be harmonised and comparable over the full area. The Catchment Characterising and Modelling (CCM) activity of the Euro-Landscape project addresses this need. This activity makes extensive use of Geographic Information Systems and specific landscape models for a European-wide mapping and characterisation of catchments according to their geophysical and socio-economic characteristics. The final goal is the development of a catchment typology (classification) as a necessary step for extrapolating the results of sophisticated models of landscape and hydrological processes. This approach extends beyond more traditional hydrological modelling.

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Authors: VOGT J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management Unit, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Environment and GEO Information (EGEO) Newsletter, Vol.2, No.1, (January 2002), pp.9-10
Availability: The article is available online on the website of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at:
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