Predicting ecological status of unmonitored lakes based on relationships between status, hydrogeomorphological and landuse characteristics

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The goal of the project was to predict the likely biological status of unmonitored lakes based on relationships between ecological status, catchment land use, population densities and hydrogeomorphological characteristics. In order to achieve this, the project comprised a number of interlinked objectives:
= Review of important lake and catchment predictors of ecological status.

= Review of current practice in other European Union member states regarding unmonitored water bodies.

= Prediction of typology for unmonitored lakes.

= Assessment of the relationships between hydrogeomorphological and land use attributes and biological status.

= Prediction of status in unmonitored lakes.
All objectives of the project had to be met using only map-derived characteristics, as no in-lakes measurements could be assumed to be available for the unmonitored lakes. The project dataset includes catchment land use and land cover data for 769 WFD lake catchments in Ireland and lake and catchment morphological and hydrological characteristics.

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Dr. Caroline Wynne
University of Dublin, Trinity College
Environmental Scientist
Research Fellow , Trinity College Dublin, School of Natural Science, Trinity College Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: +353 1 896 1000
e-mail: wynnecaroline1 AT@ gmail DOT. com

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Att 1    EPARR_181_wynne_hydromorphological_epr.pdf   (5.27 Mb)
Att 2    Wynne_JASM_2014.pdf   (2.2 Mb)
Att 3    Wynne_WDMSS.pdf   (0.56 Mb)
Att 4    Wynne_SIL_2013.pdf   (0.64 Mb)
Att 5    Wynne_SEFS_2013.pdf   (0.45 Mb)
Att 6    Wynne_FBM_2014.pdf   (0.53 Mb)
Att 7    Wynne_2012_Gleon.pdf   (0.51 Mb)

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Author(s)Wynne, C.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationPredicting ecological status of unmonitored lakes based on relationships between status, hydrogeomorphological and landuse characteristics
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=494290e6-a9ac-11e5-ab63-005056ae0019
Unique Identifier494290e6-a9ac-11e5-ab63-005056ae0019
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2017-11-18

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3096
Resource KeywordsWater Framework Directive, Lake, Catchment, Hydrogeomorphology, Land use, geology, Soils
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2011-W-FS-6
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 7
Project Start Date Monday 9th January 2012 (09-01-2012)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 9th January 2012 (09-01-2012)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 20th December 2015 (20-12-2015)
Published on SAFERWednesday 23rd December 2015 (23-12-2015)
Date of Last EditTuesday 20th September 2016 at 12:42:50 (20-09-2016)
Datasets or Files Updated On Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 12:42:50 (20-09-2016)

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Description of Geographical Characteristics of This Project or Dataset
Laboratory based analysis with GIS: GIS analysis identified 67 lakes with either an inflow or outflow monitored.

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The Water Framework Directive (WFD) (CEC, 2000) requires that all European Union (EU) Member States (MS) implement monitoring programmes to assess the status of their water bodies. For surface waters this status must be assessed using ecological and chemical status, the former includes assessing the response of the biota (cf. macroinvertebrates, macrophytes and phytobenthos, fish and phytoplankton) to pressure. The WFD has been transposed into Irish legislation by European Communities (Water Policy) Regulations 2003 (SI 722 of 2003), in which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been tasked with developing and implementing monitoring programmes for surface and groundwater throughout Ireland. Monitoring programmes have been set up to reflect the range in physical variation across water bodies. As these cover a wide range of water bodies, they also reflect a gradient of pressures. The WFD outlined criteria for inclusion of water bodies in the monitoring programmes, e.g. size and protection status, and requires a subset of these water bodies be sampled for assignment of status. In the absence of sampling data, status for the other water bodies on the monitoring programme must be extrapolated. The current project seeks to fill this knowledge gap and assist in the management requirements of the EPA in assigning ecological status to unmonitored lake water bodies.
Supplementary Information
All parameters measured, their sources and units are described in the ReadMe sheet of the excel file. All methods used to collate them are detailed in the project report, available from the author.

This data set is a collation of data from a number of sources. In particular Katherine Webster (TCD), Claire Byrne (EPA) and Katie Tedd (GSI) provided data and assistance in analysis.
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