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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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Winfrith Technology Centre, Winfrith Newburgh
DT2 8ZD Dorchester
United Kingdom

Participants (20)

ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
6708 PB Wageningen
AUGUST CIESZKOWSKI AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY IN POZNAN
Poland
Address
Ul. Wojska Polskiego 28
60 637 Poznan
COMENIUS UNIVERSITY
Slovakia
Address
Mlynska Dolina Ch-1
842 15 Bratislava
FRESHWATER BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
The Ferry House, Far Sawrey
LA22 0LP Ambleside
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
Agios Kosmas, Hellinikon
16604 Eliniko,aerolimenas
INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Poland
Address
Kolektorska 4
01 692 Warszawa
INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY - SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Slovakia
Address
9,Drienova Cesta 9
842 06 Bratislava
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
259,Vejlsoevej 259
8600 Silkeborg
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Della Mornera 25
20147 Milano
PROVINCIA AUTONOMA DI BOLZANO - REG.ALTO ADIGE
Italy
Address
Unterbergstrasse, 2
39055 Laives
SENCKENBERGISCHE NATURFORSCHENDE GESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Lochmuehle 2
63599 Biebergemuend
T.G. MASARYK WATER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Czechia
Address
Drevarska 12
657 57 Brno
THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY OF ENGLAND AND WALES
United Kingdom
Address
Arthur Drive, Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, Worceste
DY11 7RA Kidderminster,hartlebury
THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Vallvaegen 3
750 07 Uppsala
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
Address
2,Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7001 Evora
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
Address
Max Emanuelstrasse 17
1180 Wien
UNIVERSITY MASARYK IN BRNO
Czechia
Address
Kotlarska 2
61137 Brno
UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA
Latvia
Address
Miera Iela 3
2169 Salaspils 1
UNIVERSITY OF LODZ
Poland
Address
Banacha 12/16
90-237 Lodz
UNIVERSITÉ DE METZ
France
Address
Campus Bridoux - Avenue Du General Delestraint
57070 Metz