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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

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.

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Address

Winfrith Technology Centre, Winfrith Newburgh
Dt2 8zd Dorchester

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Philip WILLIAMS (Dr)

Participants (20)

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ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

AUGUST CIESZKOWSKI AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY IN POZNAN

Poland

COMENIUS UNIVERSITY

Slovakia

FRESHWATER BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Poland

INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY - SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

Denmark

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy

PROVINCIA AUTONOMA DI BOLZANO - REG.ALTO ADIGE

Italy

SENCKENBERGISCHE NATURFORSCHENDE GESELLSCHAFT

Germany

T.G. MASARYK WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Czechia

THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OF ENGLAND AND WALES

United Kingdom

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

UNIVERSITY MASARYK IN BRNO

Czechia

UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA

Latvia

UNIVERSITY OF LODZ

Poland

UNIVERSITÉ DE METZ

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVK1-CT-2001-00089

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    30 June 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 224 692

  • EU contribution

    € 4 761 250

Coordinated by:

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom