Title: Collection of monitoring strategies effective in countries participating in the TRANSCAT project. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Bender, S. et al. (2004) Collection of monitoring strategies effective in countries participating in the TRANSCAT project. Deliverable 4.1 
Author 1/Producer: Bender, S. 
Other Authors/Producers: Mieseler, T., Rubbert, T. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.transcat-project.net/Deliverables/WP4/dl4-1%20pt1 ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Short description: In all participating countries, there exist legal frameworks of laws, norms and regulations which define standard procedures for sampling and analytics. This legal framework may be differing from country to country in certain terms, but a basic level of conformity is given by norms and regulations which are applicable EU- or even worldwide, as EN- and ISO-norms. Still, there are many particularities concerning norms and regulations applicable in the different countries. Within the TRANSCAT -tasks 4.1 and 4.2, which are subject of this report, an overview on these norms, regulations and other legislative documents currently valid in the participating countries is presented (chapter 2). The information has been submitted by the TRANSCAT project partners. The campaigns of sampling and analytics as well as the existing database are very different concerning the pilot sites investigated within the TRANSCAT project. While for example in the German pilot area “Region Upper Regen” as part of the “Test Site Sumava”, there are smaller parts which have been intensively investigated in other research projects (around the city of Bodenmais for example, over 30 springs have been qualitatively monitored for several months), along the Nestos river (Greek pilot site) data exists only for seven sampling points. A capacious listing of the sampling and monitoring campaigns carried out inside the investigated pilot areas according to the respective pilot site leaders is included in this report (chapter 3). In terms of the TRANSCAT project, a large available database is of course favourable to a small one. Even more important than the amount of available data is data quality and especially comparability of data from different sources. A few subjects important for data quality assurance are mentioned within the chapters 4 to 7 of this report. For example, it has been shown that on-site-monitoring may be suitable in some cases to obtain high-quality data, while under certain circumstances it may be not. Furthermore, the definition of main indicating parameters for each pilot area is as important for an operative Decision Support System as the consideration of scaling effects and sampling intervals. In the future, it is necessary to form a common standard, which can be used for data acquis ition. Such a common standard will definitely be an enormous progress for future applications, but for the TRANSCAT project the importance is rather the possibility to evaluate existing data in terms of quality and comparability according to the defined standard. Such a standard, which will be created in form of the manual for a standard procedure (task 4.3 of the TRANSCAT project, implemented by DL 4.1 - Part 2), must first of all contain the most important information about the sampling and analysing processes as quintessence out of the various norms and regulations existing in the different participating countries (chapter 2). The editors want to thank all the project partners who have submitted material and information included in this report. 
Link to Project(s): TRANSCAT Integrated water management of transboundary catchments
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 14/02/2006

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