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Standardisation of river classifications : framework method for calibrating different biological survey results against ecological quality classifications to be developed for the water framework directive

Objective

The Water Framework Directive defines a framework for monitoring the Ecological Status of surface and ground waters. The Ecological Status of rivers will be determined from a range of taxonomic groups and a variety of methods. Most Member States will have their own assessment procedures but a common European Standard is required.
Through field sampling and desk studies we aim to:
1) cross-calibrate and integrate assessments using different methods and taxonomic groups
2)recommend which procedures to use in which situations
3) define the precision and reliability of each method and
4) assist the EU in defining the boundaries of classes of Ecological Status. A decision support system will be developed for applying the project findings. The research will used to help establish a European standard for assigning the Ecological Status of rivers from multiple sources of ecological data.

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
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Winfrith Technology Centre, Winfrith Newburgh
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