Monitoring Network design
European Topic Centre on Inland Waters
Topic report no 10/96
Edited by S. C. Nixon
This report was prepared under the supervision of N. Thyssen,
This report describes in detail the design of a freshwater monitoring network proposed for improvement of quantitative assessment of water resources - aquifers, rivers, lakes and reservoirs - across Europe.
The proposed network is designed to give a representative view or assessment of water types within a Member Country and also across the EEA area. It will ensure that similar types of water bodies are compared. The need to compare like-with-like has led to a stratified design with the identified and defined strata containing similar water bodies. The use of the same criteria for selecting strata and water types across Member countries will ensure that valid comparisons can be made.
The network will be representative of the size/numbers/types of
water bodies (eg, small rivers, mountain lakes), 3336 7199
European Freshwater Monitoring Network
(c) EEA, Copenhagen, 1996
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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