Title: The Development and Testing of an Integrated Assessment System for the Ecological Quality of Streams and Rivers throughout Europe using Benthic Macroinvertebrates: AQEM: Taxa Database 
Resource Type: software --> database 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: AQEM Consortium (2004) Taxa database 
Producers or distributor AQEM Consortium 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Web link for product information: http://www.aqem.de  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Toxicological information
Sediments
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
 
Short description: A comprehensive list of >7.700 European macroinvertebrate taxa, which is the scientific base of the AQEM software ('5th deliverable' of AQEM). 
Long description: The database was set up for the purposes of the EU funded projects AQEM and » STAR and is now further improved within the EU funded project » Euro-limpacs. This project deals with the evaluation of impacts of Climate Change on European freshwater ecosystems. As the work on the invertebrate taxa database continues it has moved to a new place: » www.freshwaterecology.info In version 2.1 presented there, all macro-invertebrate organism groups and fish are included, diatoms are coming soon. Data stored within freshwaterecology.info comprise amongst others the following ecological parameters: country and ecoregion distribution, saprobity, stream zonation preference, substrate or microhabitat preference, feeding type, life duration, locomotion type and many more. The ecological parameters can be individually combined and queried. The freshwaterecology.info database is a 'living document'. We will extend the database by ecological parameters, which might be sensitive to direct or indirect impacts of Climate Change. 
Link to Project(s): AQEM Development and Testing of an Integrated Assessment System for the Ecological Quality of Streams and Rivers Throughout Europe Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates
 
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 23/08/2009