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WATERS, was a five-year research programme that started in spring 2011 and finished in March 2016, which was coordinated by SIME. . WATERS includes partners from research institutions, authorities, and consulting companies.

The programme’s objective was to develop and improve the assessment criteria that are used to classify the status of Swedish coastal and inland waters in accordance with the EU Water Framework Directive. WATERS focused particularly on the biological quality elements used in water quality assessments, i.e., macrophytes, benthic invertebrates, phytoplankton, and fish. Benthic diatoms are also considered in streams. The research programme has also refined the criteria used for integrated assessment of ecological water status.

The results are directly linked to the applied management of inland and coastal waters. The programme has worked closely with authorities responsible for coordinating water management and assessment of the state of Swedish lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, i.e., the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management and the Swedish River Basin District Authorities.

The programme will hold it's final conference in October 2016 where the results will be presented and discussed by scientists and stakeholders. The WATERS final report is currently in production and will be presented at the conference.

If you would like more information about WATERS, or want to download the final report (available in October 2016) or other reports from the programme, please have a look at the programme web site.

The acronym stands for “Waterbody Assessment Tools for Ecological Reference conditions and status in Sweden”



Cover of final report short version
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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-04-01