Title: FAME project: Software 
Resource Type: software --> decision support tools 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Fame Consortium, 2004, FAME Software http://fame.boku.ac.at/downloads.htm 
Producers or distributor Fame Consortium 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Web link for product information: http://www.boku.ac.at/fame/downloads.htm  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Short description: The EFI software tool also enables sites to be assigned to “European Fish Types” (EFT) defined within the FAME project. 
Long description: The European Fish Index (EFI): The European Fish Index is a multimetric fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers developed during the FAME project. The principle of the European Fish index is to (1) predict reference conditions for any newly sampled site by modelling 10 reference metrics as a function of 13 abiotic, location and sampling variables. The 10 final metrics were selected as the most suitable ones based on statistical tests of ca. 200 potential metrics. In terms of functional aspects these metrics cover trophic structure of fish assemblages (density of insectivorous and omnivorous species), reproductive guilds (density of phytophilic species, relative abundance of lithophilic species), physical habitat (number of benthic and rheophilic species), tolerance (relative number of intolerant and tolerant species) and to migratory fish behaviour (long-distance migrators, potamodromous species). (2) calculate observed metrics based on sampled individuals (3) measure the deviation between observed and predicted reference metrics by using residuals (4) transform the deviation into probabilities that the metric belongs to the reference set (5) calculate the final index as mean of the 10 probability metrics. 
Link to Project(s): FAME Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a Standarized Fish-based Assessment Method for the Ecological Status of European Rivers A Contribution to the Water Framework Directive
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 14/02/2006