Title: Manual for the Application of the AQEM System: A Comprehensive Method to Assess European Streams Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Developed for the Purpose of the Water Framework Directive 
Resource Type: document --> training / education --> manuals 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: AQEM Guideline G1. Contract No: EVK1-CT1999-00027 
Author 1/Producer: AQEM Consortium 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.aqem.de/ftp/aqem_manual.zip  
Format (e.g. PDF): Zipped File 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 4 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Ecological
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Receptor: Water
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Water and sanitation-->Water and sanitation Overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Short description: AQEM enables water managers in eight European countries to assess the Ecologi-cal Quality of streams with benthic macroinvertebrates using a system, which fulfils the demands of the Water Framework Directive. Presently AQEM covers 28 Euro-pean stream types, future updates will further extend its applicability. Aims of the AQEM system are: • to classify a stream reach into an Ecological Quality Class from 5 (high) to 1 (bad) based on a macroinvertebrate taxa list, which has been obtained using a harmonised sampling method • to give information about the cause of a possible degradation to help direct fu-ture management practices. 
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: Martin Bittens WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 03/01/2007

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