An introduction to RIVPACS

Wright, J.F. (2000) An introduction to RIVPACS. In: Wright, J.F. and Sutcliffe, D.W. and Furse, M.T. (eds.) Assessing the biological quality of freswaters: RIVPACS and other techniques. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, pp. 1-24. (FBA Special Publications,8)

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Abstract

RIVPACS (River InVertebrate Prediction And Classification System) is a software package developed by the Institute of Freshwater Ecology (IFE). The primary application is to assess the biological quality of rivers within the UK. RIVPACS offers site-specific predictions of the macroinvertebrate fauna to be expected in the absence of major environmental stress. The expected fauna is derived by RIVPACS using a small suite of environmental characteristics. The biological evaluation is then obtained by comparing the fauna observed at the site with the expected fauna. RIVPACS also includes a site classification based on the macroinvertebrate fauna of the component reference sites. New sites, judged by their fauna to be of high biological quality, may be allocated to classification groups within the fixed RIVPACS classification. This has potential for evaluating sites for conservation. In this chapter, the origins and history of the RIVPACS approach are described, including major scientific and operational developments over the life of the project. RIVPACS III is described in detail and predictions at different taxonomic levels are demonstrated. The value of the reference dataset for river management and conservation is examined, and the chapter concludes with a brief consideration of some future challenges.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: An introduction to RIVPACS
Personal Creator/Author:
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Wright, J.F.
Title of Book: Assessing the biological quality of freswaters: RIVPACS and other techniques
Editors:
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Wright, J.F.
Sutcliffe, D.W.
Furse, M.T.
Refereed: No
Series Name: FBA Special Publications
Number: 8
Page Range: pp. 1-24
Date: 2000
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
ISBN: 978-0-900386-62-6
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oocytes; Protozoan diseases; Parasites; Life cycle; Disease transmission; Methodology; Antibodies; Fluorescence microscopy; Luminescence; Protists
Subjects: Conservation
Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 5341
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 12:01
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:02
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5341

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