New challenges in lake and river monitoring

Froebrich, Jochen (2005) New challenges in lake and river monitoring. Freshwater Forum, 23, pp. 155-165.

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Freshwater ecosystems are highly dynamic and change on time-scales that range from a few hours to several months. The development of models that simulate these processes is often hampered by the lack of sufficient data to parameterize the processes and validate the models. In this article, I review some of the challenges posed by this lack of information and suggest ways in which they can be met by using automatic monitoring systems. One of these studies is the project tempQsim (EVK1-CT2002-00112) funded by the European Commission. In this project, detailed field and model analyses have been performed at eight catchment study sites in south and south-east Europe. A number of perceptual models for the study sites have been established, and results are being used to improve selected catchment models and provide a more adequate description of pollution dynamics. Results from the extensive field studies and model tests are now being used to derive recommendations for more tailored monitoring concepts in highly dynamic, but ‘data scarce’ environments, such as are frequently found in Mediterranean river basins. The author includes implications of the EU Water Framework Directive on monitoring methods.

Item Type: Article
Title: New challenges in lake and river monitoring
Personal Creator/Author:
Froebrich, Jochen
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 23
Page Range: pp. 155-165
Date: 2005
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental monitoring; Modelling; Rivers; Freshwater lakes; Legislation; Environment management; Tunisia; Medjerda River
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4708
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:46
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:59

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