Use of macroinvertebrate communities to detect environmental stress in running waters

Wright, J.F. and Furse, M.T. and Armitage, P.D. (1994) Use of macroinvertebrate communities to detect environmental stress in running waters. In: Sutcliffe, D.W. (ed.) Water quality & stress indicators in marine and freshwater systems: linking levels of organisation. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, pp. 15-34. (FBA Special Publications,4)

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Abstract

This paper presents an account of some current uses of RIVPACS (River Invertebrate Prediction and Classification System), a software package developed by the Institute of Freshwater Ecology (UK). Background information is also given on the unique data-set on which the system is based. Before discussing RIVPACS, we consider the range of environmental stresses encountered in flowing-water systems and some of the ways in which stresses may affect macroinvertebrate communities. The wide application and relevance of the RIVPACS approach was recognised when it was chosen as the biological method for use throughout the UK in the 1990 River Quality Survey (RQS). In the concluding section we list some lessons learnt both from the 1990 survey and from our own testing exercise, and we outline current developments which will lead to a new version of RIVPACS for use in the 1995 RQS.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Use of macroinvertebrate communities to detect environmental stress in running waters
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Wright, J.F.
Furse, M.T.
Armitage, P.D.
Title of Book: Water quality & stress indicators in marine and freshwater systems: linking levels of organisation
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Sutcliffe, D.W.
Refereed: No
Series Name: FBA Special Publications
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 15-34
Date: 1994
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
ISBN: 0-900386-53-3
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Water quality control; Ecosystem management; Biological stress; Rivers; Models; Data collections; Invertebrate larvae; Evaluation; Prediction
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Management
Item ID: 5303
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 13:30
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:07
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5303

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