Title: FAME: Input files for the European Fish Index (EFI) 
Resource Type: software --> database 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Fame Consortium, Input files for the EFI 
Producers or distributor Fame Consortium 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Web link for product information: http://fame.boku.ac.at/main_results.htm  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Toxicological information
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
 
Short 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. In order to support the type-specific approach of the WFD, the European Fish Types are an integrative part of the FAME assessment routine. These fish types were developed based on non or only slightly degraded sampling sites from 11 different ecoregions. Altogether, 15 types on the European level were identified. Abiotic variables differentiating these types are altitude, slope, mean air temperature, distance from source, wetted width, main river region, conductivity, ecoregion, and geographical position (longitude and latitude). These variables are also used to predict the fish type for any newly sampled site. 
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: 23/08/2009