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Water bodies in Europe: Integrative Systems to assess Ecological status and Recovery

Objective

WISER will support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) by developing tools for the integrated assessment of the ecological status of European surface waters (with a focus on lakes and coastal/transitional waters), and by evaluating recovery processes in rivers, lakes and coastal/transitional waters under global change constraints. The project will (1) analyse existing data from more than 90 databases compiled in previous and ongoing projects, covering all water categories, Biological Quality Elements (BQEs) and stressor types and (2) perform targeted field-sampling exercises including all relevant BQEs in lakes and in coastal/transitional waters. New assessment systems will be developed and existing systems will be evaluated for lakes and coastal/transitional waters, with special focus on how uncertainty affects classification strength, to complete a set of assessment methodologies for these water categories. Biological recovery processes, in all water categories and in different climatic conditions, will be analysed, with focus on mitigation of hydromorphological and eutrophication pressures. Large-scale data will be used to identify linkages between pressure variables and BQE responses. Specific case studies, using a variety of modelling techniques, will address selected pressure-response relationships and the efficacy of mitigation measures. The responses of different BQEs and different water categories to human-induced degradation and mitigation will be compared, with special focus on response signatures of BQEs within and among water categories. Guidance for the next steps of the intercalibration exercise will be given by comparing different intercalibration approaches. Stakeholders will be included from the outset, by building small teams of stakeholders and project partners responsible for a group of deliverables, to ensure the applicability and swift implementation of results.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Address

Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 860 235,51

Administrative Contact

Kirsten Gercek (Ms.)

Participants (24)

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NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 695 515,52

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 370 081,05

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 485 687,45

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 218 909,95

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 653 443,68

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 487 506,13

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 248 999,84

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 187 573,18

INSTYTUT OCHRONY SRODOWISKA - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 93 008,36

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 226 275,98

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 381 778,67

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 430 335,47

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 229 521,48

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 210 565,65

EESTI MAAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 129 256,81

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 178 685,73

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 81 255,83

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 116 768,44

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 158 231,82

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 117 862,43

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 81 170,52

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 162 649,62

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 42 098,95

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 136 674,78

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226273

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 022 069,24

  • EU contribution

    € 6 984 092,85

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany