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Mountain lakes are defined in this project as lakes, which by reason of altitude or latitude, are situated above the local coniferous tree-line. Remotely situated mountain lakes are excellent indicators of air pollution and its effects, because they are not influenced by other forms of disturbance (eg land-use or waste water pollution), and because the geology, soils and relief of mountainous regions often give rise to surface water ecosystems sensitive to acid deposition.
The main aims of the project are: to better understand the functioning of remote mountain lake ecosystems in view of their chemical history and susceptibility to air pollution loads; to use a relevant subgroup of these lakes as early response indicators of increasing or decreasing atmospheric pollution.
To achieve the main aims and objectives seven institutions in four countries are in direct collaboration in four subject areas. For each subject area there is a coordinating institution and scientist, and together they form the steering committee for the overall project. The steering committee is responsible for quality assurance and the necessary intercalibrations between participants. The United Kingdom and Norway have overall administrative and scientific coordinator responsibility respectively.
This publication presents the sites and methods used in the study and the results obtained. d.

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Authors: WATHNE B M, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NO);PATRICK S T, University College London, Environmental Change Research Centre (GB);MONTEITH D, CEC Bruxelles (BE);BARTH H (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16129 EN (1995) 296pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Environment Programme Office, European Commission, DG XII-D-1, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9487-3
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