Implementation of the Water Framework Directive calls, i.a., for harmonised methodologies (hereafter referred to as 'tools') to quantify nutrient losses from diffuse sources. Experiences gained from reporting on quantitative nutrient data at European level, and the development of the HARP Guidelines, have revealed the need for reliable and comparable quantification tools.
EUROHARP will compare the performance of 10 tools by applying them on a large number of European-wide catchments, starting with the 5 catchments with the most comprehensive N and P related data available, located on a north.south/east- west gradient, before a final full scale application in a network of 17 catchments throughout Europe. EUROHARP will deliver an electronic decision support system ('toolbox') to assist end-users in selecting the most practicable and cost-effective tools for quantifying N and P losses from diffuse sources under different environmental conditions in Europe for their implementation of, i.a., the Water Framework Directive. Furthermore, social and economic consequences of improved quantification of diffuse losses of nutrients will be investigated.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WV6 8TQ Wolverhampton
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
BT12 6RZ Belfast
601 76 Norrkoeping