PREDICTING RECOVERY IN ACIDIFIED FRESHWATERS BY THE YEAR 2010, AND BEYOND
Contract EVK1-1999-00087 - RECOVER:2010
Part of the 'Sustainable Management and Quality of Water'
Directorate General Research
RECOVER:2010 is designed to assess the impact of current and future anthropogenic pressures on sensitive European freshwater ecosystems. Initially, it will evaluate the present extent of recovery of acidified freshwaters, and identify and quantify the dominant driving processes governing the timing and magnitude of recovery. Subsequently, the predictive capability of existing biogeochemical models such as MAGIC will be improved through enhanced process representation and the incorporation of linkages between hydrochemical changes and biological impacts. Pan-European application of the models to different ecosystem types, will evaluate the degree of compliance with respect to restoration of acidified waters by the year 2010, as specified under the Water Framework Directive. Similarly, agreed and proposed UN-ECE protocols on emissions control will be critically assessed, and economic costs and environmental benefits evaluated, with respect to the recovery of freshwaters. The project also aims to develop an end-user focus group linking research and policy, and so enhance the relevance of the project.
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|MLURI||Macaulay Land Use Research Institute||UK|
|CEH-Wallingford||Centre for Ecology and Hydrology||UK|
|BITOK||Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems Research, University of Bayreuth||D|
|NIVA||Norwegian Institute for Water Research||NO|
|CNR III||Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia||I|
|CGS||Czech Geological Survey||CZ|
|IIASA||International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis||A|
|UVA||University of Virginia||USA|
|IVL||Swedish Environmental Research Institute||SE|
Different regional ecotypes have been selected to represent the dominant acidified systems throughout Europe, i.e. those which are most geographically extensive and numerous. These include the UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany. Substantial site specific and regional data are available for these regions and an understanding of the mechanism of recovery in these systems allows for a Pan-European evaluation of recovery response. The degree of reversibility will be related to regional differences in catchment physico-chemical characteristics and regional differences in deposition reductions, both relative and absolute.
|Summary of regional datasets|
Last updated on the 22nd January 2003 by Dr Rachel C. Helliwell and Sheila Gibbs