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Record number 333613
Title The development of a system to assess the ecological quality of streams based on macroinvertebrates - design of the sampling programme within the AQEM project
Author(s) Hering, D.; Buffagni, A.; Moog, O.; Sandin, L.; Sommerhäuser, M.; Strubauer, I.; Feld, C.; Johnson, R.; Pinto, P.; Skoulikidis, N.; Verdonschot, P.F.M.; Zahrádková, S.
Source International Review of Hydrobiology 88 (2003)3/4. - ISSN 1434-2944 - p. 345 - 361.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/iroh.200390030
Department(s) Centre for Ecosystem Studies
Wageningen Environmental Research
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Keyword(s) river habitat survey - running-water sites - classification - assemblages - prediction
Abstract The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires river assessment systems based on benthic invertebrates. The AQEM project is developing, at a European scale, such a methodology, based on a comparison of communities of reference streams and degraded streams. The project is focussing on three main impact types: morphological degradation, organic pollution and acidification. This paper presents the outline of the AQEM project with special emphasis on: - an overview of assessment systems with benthic invertebrates presently applied in Europe - an overview of stream typology approaches in Europe - the selection process of the stream types investigated in AQEM - the criteria used to select reference sites - the design of the sampling programme - the microhabitat-based sampling method applied in AQEM - the links and possibilities of integration between AQEM and existing assessment systems.
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