Title: Stream assessment methods, stream typology approaches and outlines of a European stream typology 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2002 
Availability: AQEM Report R1 
Author 1/Producer: AQEM 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.aqem.de/ftp/1st_deliverable.zip  
Format (e.g. PDF): Zipped File 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 350 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Short description: Description of selected stream assessment mothods applied in European countries. 
Long description: The aim of AQEM is to develop a tool for stream assessment based on benthic macroinvertebrates, which is applicable in large parts of Europe. In coherence with the EU Water Framework Directive, the assessment method must be ‘stream type specific’. For different stream types (e.g. for alpine streams and lowland streams) and for different degradation factors (e.g. for acidification and pollution) different assessment methods are required. With this deliverable we aim - to give an overview of stream assessment methods based on the benthic macroinvertebrates fauna commonly applied in the EU member states, their advantages and restrictions and how they correspond to the EU Water Framework Directive; - to describe stream typology approaches in the EU member states, which have partly been used to select those stream types investigated in AQEM; - to describe the stream types the AQEM consortium is investigating. For AQEM, we have selected a representative sub-sample of 30 stream types, which is covering high-altitude and lowland streams, boreal and Mediterranean rivers and stream types degraded by different anthropogenic impact factors. 
Link to Project(s): AQEM Development and Testing of an Integrated Assessment System for the Ecological Quality of Streams and Rivers Throughout Europe Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Submitted By: Martin Bittens WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 27/03/2007

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