A hitchhiker's guide to European lake ecological assessment and intercalibration

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Poikane , S , Birk , S , Boehmer , J , Carvalho , L , de Hoyos , C , Gassner , H , Hellsten , S , Kelly , M , Solheim , A L , Olin , M , Pall , K , Phillips , G , Portielje , R , Ritterbusch , D , Sandin , L , Schartau , A-K , Solimini , A G , van den Berg , M , Wolfram , G & van de Bund , W 2015 , ' A hitchhiker's guide to European lake ecological assessment and intercalibration ' , Ecological Indicators , vol. 52 , pp. 533-544 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.01.005

Title: A hitchhiker's guide to European lake ecological assessment and intercalibration
Author: Poikane, Sandra; Birk, Sebastian; Boehmer, Juergen; Carvalho, Laurence; de Hoyos, Caridad; Gassner, Hubert; Hellsten, Seppo; Kelly, Martyn; Solheim, Anne Lyche; Olin, Mikko; Pall, Karin; Phillips, Geoff; Portielje, Rob; Ritterbusch, David; Sandin, Leonard; Schartau, Ann-Kristin; Solimini, Angelo G.; van den Berg, Marcel; Wolfram, Georg; van de Bund, Wouter
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Environmental Sciences
Date: 2015-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Ecological Indicators
ISSN: 1470-160X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/203744
Abstract: The Water Framework Directive is the first international legislation to require European countries to establish comparable ecological assessment schemes for their freshwaters. A key element in harmonising quality classification within and between Europe's river basins is an "Intercalibration" exercise, stipulated by the WFD, to ensure that the good status boundaries in all of the biological assessment methods correspond to similar levels of anthropogenic pressure. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of this international comparison, focusing on the assessment schemes developed for freshwater lakes. Out of 82 lake ecological assessment methods reported for the comparison, 62 were successfully intercalibrated and included in the EC Decision on intercalibration, with a high proportion of phytoplankton (18), macrophyte (17) and benthic fauna (13) assessment methods. All the lake assessment methods are reviewed in this article, including the results of intercalibration. Furthermore, the current gaps and way forward to reach consistent management objectives for European lakes are discussed. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Subject: Benthic invertebrates
Ecological assessment
Europe
Fish fauna
Lakes
Macrophytes
Phytoplankton
Water Framework Directive
WATER-QUALITY ASSESSMENT
BENTHIC INVERTEBRATES
AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
FISH ASSEMBLAGES
EUTROPHIC LAKES
CHLOROPHYLL-A
PHYTOPLANKTON
INDEX
MACROPHYTES
INDICATORS
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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