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2013/480/EU: Commission Decision of 20 September 2013 establishing, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the values of the Member State monitoring system classifications as a result of the intercalibration exercise and repealing Decision 2008/915/EC (notified under document C(2013) 5915) Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 266, 8.10.2013, p. 1–47 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 12/02/2018; Repealed by 32018D0229

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2013/480/oj

8.10.2013   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 266/1


COMMISSION DECISION

of 20 September 2013

establishing, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the values of the Member State monitoring system classifications as a result of the intercalibration exercise and repealing Decision 2008/915/EC

(notified under document C(2013) 5915)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2013/480/EU)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy (1), and in particular Section 1.4.1(ix) of Annex V thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Article 4(1)(a)(ii) of Directive 2000/60/EC requires the Member States to protect, enhance and restore all bodies of surface water with the aim of achieving good surface water status at the latest 15 years after the date of entry into force of the Directive, subject to certain derogations in accordance with the provisions laid down in Annex V thereto. Article 4(1)(a)(iii) of Directive 2000/60/EC requires the Member States to protect and enhance all artificial and heavily modified bodies of water, with the aim of achieving good ecological potential and good surface water chemical status at the latest 15 years from the date of entry into force of the Directive, subject to certain derogations, in accordance with the provisions laid down in Annex V thereto. In accordance with Section 1.4.1(i) of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC the references to ecological status should be construed as references to ecological potential as regards artificial and heavily modified water bodies.

(2)

The intercalibration exercise envisages a harmonised approach to define one of the main environmental objectives of Directive 2000/60/EC, namely good ecological status.

(3)

Section 1.4.1 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC provides a process to ensure the comparability between the biological monitoring results of Member States as a central part of the ecological status classification. This requires the Member States’ biological monitoring results and their monitoring system classifications to be compared through an intercalibration network comprised of monitoring sites in each Member State and in each ecoregion of the Union. Directive 2000/60/EC requires the Member States to collect, as appropriate, the necessary information for the sites included in the intercalibration network, in order to enable the assessment of the consistency of the national monitoring system classifications with the normative definitions of Section 1.2 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC and the comparability of the results of monitoring system classifications between the Member States.

(4)

In order to carry out the intercalibration exercise Member States are organised in Geographical Intercalibration Groups, consisting of Member States sharing particular surface water body types, as defined in Section 2 of the Annex to Commission Decision 2005/646/EC of 17 August 2005 on the establishment of a register of sites to form the intercalibration network in accordance with Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2).

(5)

Section 1.4.1 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC specifies that the intercalibration exercise is to be carried out at biological element level, comparing the classification results of the national monitoring system for each biological element and for each common surface water body type among Member States in the same Geographical Intercalibration Group, and assessing the consistency of the results with the normative definitions set out in Section 1.2 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC.

(6)

The Commission has facilitated two phases of the intercalibration exercise through the Institute of Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre.

(7)

Under the Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Strategy three Guidance Documents (No 6 (3) and 14 (two versions) (4)) were prepared to facilitate the intercalibration process. They provided an overview of the key principles of the intercalibration process and the options for carrying out the exercise including timescales and reporting requirements.

(8)

By 2007 the Commission had received intercalibration results for a number of biological quality elements. They were included in Commission Decision 2008/915/EC of 30 October 2008 establishing, pursuant to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, the values of the Member State monitoring system classifications as a result of the intercalibration exercise (5), which sets out the values of the boundaries between classes that Member States should use in their national monitoring system classifications. The results of the first phase of the intercalibration exercise were incomplete, in so far as not all biological quality elements were covered. It was necessary however to adopt the available results of the intercalibration exercise to inform the development of the first river basin management plans and programmes of measures in accordance with Articles 11 and 13 of Directive 2000/60/EC.

(9)

The results of this first phase of the intercalibration exercise were adopted in Decision 2008/915/EC. Those results were included on a provisional basis with an understanding that further results would be subject to a new Decision when the relevant information in accordance with Section 1.4.1 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC would have been provided by the Member States.

(10)

In order to close the gaps and improve the comparability of the intercalibration results in time for the second river basin management plans due in 2015, the Commission initiated a second phase of the intercalibration exercise.

(11)

Annex I to this Decision sets out the results of the intercalibration exercise for which intercalibration is successfully achieved, within the limits of what is technically feasible at this point in time.

(12)

Annex II to this Decision sets out the results of the intercalibration exercise for which intercalibration is partially achieved. The completion of all the necessary steps in the intercalibration exercise should be carried out in order for the results to be included in a new Decision. Accordingly, those results are provisional.

(13)

Member States should complete the intercalibration exercise by 22 December 2016 to allow the Commission to move the results contained in Annexes I and II of this Decision to a sole Annex of a new Decision. This will allow for these results to be used in the third river basin planning cycle.

(14)

The completion of all the necessary steps in the intercalibration exercise should also be carried out by 22 December 2016 for those Geographical Intercalibration Groups and biological quality elements where there are as yet no intercalibration results for inclusion in this Decision. This will also allow for these results to be included in a new Decision and to be used in the third river basin planning cycle.

(15)

While Directive 2000/60/EC requires that intercalibration is to be carried out at biological quality element level, single parameters (e.g. chlorophyll –a concentration, or depth limits of macroalgae and angiosperms) are in some cases considered to be representative for a full biological quality element. In such cases, the results of the intercalibration exercise are set out in Annex I.

(16)

There are cases where Member States have developed independent methods covering only a part of a biological quality element (e.g. independent method for macrophytes and phytobenthos for the quality element ‘macrophytes and phytobenthos’). In cases where intercalibration for such sub- biological quality elements has been successfully completed the results of the intercalibration exercise are included in the Annexes and identified as a sub biological quality element.

(17)

The results of the intercalibration exercise should refer to the ecological status of water bodies. If water bodies corresponding to the intercalibrated types are designated as heavily modified water bodies in accordance with Article 4(3) of Directive 2000/60/EC, the results presented in Annex I and II to this Decision could be used to derive their good ecological potential, taking into account their physical modifications and their associated water use in accordance with the normative definitions in Section 1.2.5 of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC.

(18)

Member States should apply the results of the intercalibration exercise to their national classification systems in order to set the boundaries between high and good status and between good and moderate status for all their national types.

(19)

The information that is made available through the establishment of the monitoring programmes provided for in Article 8 of Directive 2000/60/EC and the review and update of the characteristics of river basin districts provided for in Article 5 of Directive 2000/60/EC could bring new evidence that may lead to the adaptation to scientific and technical progress of the Member States’ monitoring and classification systems and eventually to a review of the results of the intercalibration exercise in order to improve their quality.

(20)

Decision 2008/915/EC should therefore be repealed and replaced accordingly.

(21)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee referred to in Article 21(1) of Directive 2000/60/EC,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

1.   For the purposes of section 1.4.1(iii) of Annex V to Directive 2000/60/EC, Member States shall use in their monitoring systems classification the values of the boundaries between classes that are set out in Annex I and II to this Decision.

2.   Member States shall complete all the necessary steps in the intercalibration exercise for the results included in Annex II to this Decision by 22 December 2016.

Article 2

Decision 2008/915/EC is repealed.

Article 3

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 20 September 2013.

For the Commission

Janez POTOČNIK

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 327, 22.12.2000, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 243, 19.9.2005, p. 1.

(3)  Common implementation strategy for the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), Guidance Document No 6, Towards a Guidance on Establishment of the Intercalibration Network and the Process on the Intercalibration Exercise, European Communities, 2003. ISBN 92-894-5126-2

(4)  Common implementation strategy for the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), Guidance document No 14. Guidance document on the Intercalibration Process 2004-2006, ISBN 92-894-9471-9

Common implementation strategy for the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), Guidance document No 14. Guidance document on the Intercalibration Process 2008-2011 ISBN: 978-92-79-18997-5

(5)  OJ L 332, 10.12.2008, p. 20.


ANNEX I

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Alpine

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Catchment (km2)

Altitude and geomorphology

Alkalinity

Flow regime

R-A1

Pre-Alpine, small to medium, high altitude calcareous

10-1 000

800-2 500 m (catchment), boulders/cobble

high (but not extremely high) alkalinity

 

R-A2

Small to medium, high altitude, siliceous

10-1 000

500-1 000 m (max. altitude of catchment 3 000 m, mean 1 500 m), boulders

Non-calcareous (granite, metamorphic). medium to low alkalinity

nival-glacial flow regime

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-A1

:

Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia

Type R-A2

:

Austria, France, Italy, Spain

ALPINE RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type R-A1

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part benthic invertebrates [Erhebung der biologischen Qualitätselemente - Teil Makrozoobenthos (Detaillierte MZB-Methode)]

0,80

0,60

France

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,93

0,79

Germany

PERLODES – Bewertungsverfahren von Fließgewässern auf Basis des Makrozoobenthos

0,80

0,60

Italy

MacrOper, based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index (STAR_ICMi)

0,97

0,73

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using benthic invertebrates in Slovenia)

0,80

0,60

Type R-A2

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part benthic invertebrates [Erhebung der biologischen Qualitätselemente - Teil Makrozoobenthos (Detaillierte MZB-Methode)]

0,80

0,60

France (Alps)

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,93

0,71

France (Pyrenees)

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,94

0,81

Italy

MacrOper, based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index (STAR_ICMi)

0,95

0,71

Spain

Iberian BMWP (IBMWP)

0,83

0,53

ALPINE RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type R-A1

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part phytobenthos [Leitfaden zur Erhebung der biologischen Qualitätselemente, Teil A3 - Fließgewässer/Phytobenthos]

0,88

0,56

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009). AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007. Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,94

0,78

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Fließgewässern zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Diatomeen

0,735

0,54

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009, Phytobenthos Intercalibration Common Metric (pICM: Kelly et al., 2009)

0,87

0,70

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

0,80

0,60

Type R-A2

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part phytobenthos [Leitfaden zur Erhebung der biologischen Qualitätselemente, Teil A3 - Fließgewässer/Phytobenthos]

0,88

0,56

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009). AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007. Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,94

0,78

Spain

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,94

0,74

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009, Phytobenthos Intercalibration Common Metric (pICM: Kelly et al., 2009)

0,85

0,64

ALPINE RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

NOT APPLICABLE

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Central/Baltic

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Catchment (km2)

Altitude & geomorphology

Alkalinity (meq/l)

R-C1

Small lowland siliceous sand

10-100

lowland, dominated by sandy substrate (small particle size), 3-8 m width (bankfull size)

> 0,4

R-C2

Small lowland siliceous - rock

10-100

lowland, rock material

3-8 m width (bankfull size)

< 0,4

R-C3

Small mid-altitude siliceous

10-100

mid-altitude, rock (granite) - gravel substrate, 2-10 m width (bankfull size)

< 0,4

R-C4

Medium lowland mixed

100-1 000

lowland, sandy to gravel substrate, 8-25 m width (bankfull size)

> 0,4

R-C5

Large lowland mixed

1 000-10 000

lowland, barbel zone, variation in velocity, max. altitude in catchment: 800 m, > 25 m width (bankfull size)

> 0,4

R-C6

Small, lowland, calcareous

10-300

lowland, gravel substrate (limestone), width 3-10 m (bankfull size)

> 2

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-C1

:

Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-C2

:

Spain, France, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-C3

:

Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, United Kingdom

Type R-C4

:

Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-C5

:

Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland. Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-C6

:

Belgium (Wallonia), Denmark, Estonia, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom

CENTRAL-BALTIC RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification system intercalibrated

The following results apply to all types as described above.

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part benthic invertebrates

0,80

0,60

Belgium (Flanders)

Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index Flanders (MMIF)

0,90

0,70

Belgium (Wallonia)

Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN) (Norme AFNOR NF T 90 350, 1992) and Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon du 13 septembre 2012 relatif à l’identification, à la caractérisation et à la fixation des seuils d’état écologique applicables aux masses d’eau de surface et modifiant le Livre II du Code de l’Environnement, contenant le Code de l’Eau. Moniteur belge 12.10.2012

0,97 (types R-C3,, R-C5, R-C6)

0,94 (type R-C1)

0,74 (types R-C3,, R-C5, R-C6)

0,75 (type R-C1)

Czech Republic

Czech system for ecological status assessment of rivers using benthic macroinvertebrates

0,80

0,60

Denmark

Danish Stream Fauna Index (DSFI)

1,00

0,71

Estonia

Estonian surface water ecological quality assessment – river macroinvertebrates

0,90

0,70

Germany

PERLODES – Bewertungsverfahren von Fließgewässern auf Basis des Makrozoobenthos

0,80

0,60

France

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,94

0,80

Ireland

Quality Rating System (Q-value)

0,85

0,75

Italy

MacrOper, based on STAR_ICM index calculation

0,96

0,72

Luxembourg

Classification luxembourgeoise DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN) 1992, AFNOR NF-T-90-350 et circulaire DCE 2007/22 MEDD/DE/MAGE/BEMA 07/no 4 du 11 avril 2007

0,96

0,72

Netherlands

KRW-maatlat

0,80

0,60

Poland

RIVECOmacro for ecological status assessment of rivers using benthic macroinvertebrates

(Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index, based on STAR_ICM)

0,91(type RC1)

0,72 (type RC1)

Spain

METI

0,93

0,70

Sweden

DJ-index (Dahl & Johnson 2004)

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

River Invertebrate Classification Tool (RICT)- WHPT

0,97

0,86

CENTRAL-BALTIC RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification system intercalibrated

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

AIM for Rivers (Austrian Index Macrophytes for rivers)

RC-3

0,875

0,625

Belgium (Flanders)

MAFWAT - Flemish macrophyte assessment system

R-C1

0,80

0,60

Belgium (Wallonia)

IBMR-WL - Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers (Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon du 13 septembre 2012 relatif à l’identification, à la caractérisation et à la fixation des seuils d’état écologique applicables aux masses d’eau de surface et modifiant le Livre II du Code de l’Environnement, contenant le Code de l’Eau. Moniteur belge 12.10.2012)

R-C3

0,925

0,607

Denmark

DSPI - Danish Stream Plant Index

R-C1

0,70

0,50

R-C4

0,70

0,50

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Fließgewässern zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Makrophyten

R-C1

0,745

0,495

R-C3

0,80

0,55

R-C4

0,575

0,395

France

French standard NF T90-395 (2003-10-01). Qualité de l'eau - Détermination de l'indice biologique macrophytique en rivière (IBMR)

R-C3

0,93

0,79

R-C4

0,905

0,79

Ireland

MTR – IE - Mean Trophic Ranking

R-C4

0,74

0,62

Italy

IBMR – IT - Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

R-C1

0,90

0,80

R-C4

0,90

0,80

Luxembourg

IBMR – LU - Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

R-C3

0,89

0,79

R-C4

0,89

0,79

Poland

MIR - Macrophyte Index for Rivers

R-C1

0,90

0,65

R-C3

0,91

0,684

R-C4

0,90

0,65

United Kingdom

LEAFPACS - Ecological Classification of Rivers using Macrophytes

R-C1

0,80

0,60

R-C3

0,80

0,60

R-C4

0,80

0,60

CENTRAL-BALTIC RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification system intercalibrated

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part Phytobenthos [Leitfaden zur Erhebung der biologischen Qualitätselemente, Teil A3 -Fließgewässer/Phytobenthos]

All types, altitude < 500 m

0,70

0,42

All types, altitude > 500 m

0,71

0,43

Belgium (Flanders)

Proportions of Impact-Sensitive and Impact-Associated Diatoms (PISIAD)

All types

0,80

0,60

Belgium (Wallonia)

IPS (Coste, in CEMAGREF, 1982; Lenoir & Coste, 1996 and Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon du 13 septembre 2012 relatif à l’identification, à la caractérisation et à la fixation des seuils d’état écologique applicables aux masses d’eau de surface et modifiant le Livre II du Code de l’Environnement, contenant le Code de l’Eau. Moniteur belge 12.10.2012)

All types

0,98

0,73

Estonia

Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (IPS)

All types

0,85

0,70

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009). AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007. Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

All types

0,94

0,78

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Fließgewässern zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Diatomeen

R-C1

0,67

0,43

R-C3

0,67

0,43

R-C4

0,61

0,43

R-C5

0,73

0,55

Ireland

Revised form of Trophic Diatom Index (TDI)

All types

0,93

0,78

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009, Phytobenthos Intercalibration Common Metric (pICM: Kelly et al., 2009)

All types

0,84

0,65

Luxembourg

Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (IPS)

All types

0,90

0,70

Netherlands

KRW Maatlat

All types

0,80

0,60

Poland

Indeks Okrzemkowy IO dla rzek (Diatom Index for rivers)

All types

0,80

0,58

Spain

Diatom multimetric (MDIAT)

R-C2, R-C3, R-C4

0,93

0,70

Sweden

Swedish assessment methods, Swedish EPA regulations (NFS 2008:1) based on Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (IPS)

All types

0,89

0,74

United Kingdom

Diatom Assessment for River Ecological Status (DARLEQ2)

All types

1,00

0,75

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Eastern Continental

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Ecoregion

Catchment (km2)

Altitude (m)

Geology

Substrate

R-E1a

Carpathians: small to medium, mid-altitude

10

10 – 1 000

500 – 800

mixed

 

R-E1b

Carpathians: small to medium, mid-altitude

10

10 – 1 000

200 – 500

mixed

 

R-E2

Plains: medium-sized, lowland

11 and 12

100 – 1 000

< 200

mixed

sand and silt

R-E3

Plains: large, lowland

11 and 12

> 1 000

< 200

mixed

sand, silt and gravel

R-E4

Plains: medium-sized, mid-altitude

11 and 12

100 – 1 000

200 – 500

mixed

sand and gravel

R-EX4

Large, mid-altitude

10, 11 and 12

> 1 000

200 – 500

mixed

gravel and boulder

R-EX5

Plains: small lowland

11 and 12

10 – 100

< 200

mixed

sand and silt

R-EX6

Plains: small, mid-altitude

11 and 12

10 - 100

200 - 500

mixed

gravel

R-EX7

Balkan: small, calcareous, mid-altitude

5

10-100

200-500

calcareous

gravel

R-EX8

Balkan: small to medium-sized, calcareous karst spring

5

10-1 000

 

calcareous

gravel, sand and silt

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-E1a

:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia

Type R-E1b

:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia

Type R-E2

:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia

Type R-E3

:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia

Type R-E4

:

Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia

Type R-EX4

:

Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia

Type R-EX5

:

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia

Type R-EX6

:

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia

Type R-EX7

:

Slovenia

Type R-EX8

:

Bulgaria, Slovenia

EASTERN CONTINENTAL RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part benthic invertebrates

R-E4

0,80

0,60

Bulgaria

Irish biotic index

R-E1a, R-E1b

0,86

0,67

Czech Republic

Czech system for ecological status assessment of rivers using benthic macroinvertebrates

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E2, R-E3

0,80

0,60

Hungary

Hungarian Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index

R-E1b, R-E3, R-E4, R-EX5, R-EX6

0,80

0,60

Romania

Assessment method for ecological status of water bodies based on macroinvertebrates

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E3, R-EX4

0,74

0,58

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji

R-E4, R-EX5, R-EX6

0,80

0,60

Slovakia

Slovak assessment of benthic invertebrates in rivers

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E2, R-E3, R-E4, R-EX4

0,80

0,60

EASTERN CONTINENTAL RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

AIM for Rivers (Austrian Index Macrophytes for rivers)

R-E4

0,875

0,625

Bulgaria

Reference Index

R-E2, R-E3

0,570

0,370

Bulgaria

Reference Index

R-E4

0,510

0,270

Hungary

Reference Index

R-E2, R-E3

0,700

0,370

Slovenia

River Macrophyte Index

R-E2, R-E3, R-E4

0,800

0,600

Slovakia

Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

R-E2, R-E3, R-E4

0,800

0,600

EASTERN CONTINENTAL RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

Assessment of the biological quality elements - part phytobenthos

R-E4

0,70

0,42

Bulgaria

Ecological status assessment of rivers in Bulgaria based on IPS diatom index

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E3

0,87 (national type R2, R4)

0,85 (national type R7, R8)

0,66 (national type R2, R4)

0,64 (national type R7, R8)

Czech Republic

Assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E2, R-E3, R-EX4

0,80

0,60

Hungary

Ecological status assessment for rivers based on diatoms

R-E2, R-E3, R-EX5

0,80

0,60

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

R-E4, R-EX5, R-EX6, R-EX7, R-EX8

0,80

0,60

Slovakia

Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos

R-E1a, R-E1b, R-E2, R-E3, R-E4, R-EX4

0,90

0,70

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Mediterranean

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Catchment (km2)

Geology

Flow regime

R-M1

Small mediterranean streams

< 100

Mixed (except silicious)

Highly seasonal

R-M2

Medium mediterranean streams

100-1 000

Mixed (except silicious)

Highly seasonal

R-M4

Mediterranean mountain streams

 

Non-silicious

Highly seasonal

R-M5

Temporaty streams

 

 

Temporary

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-M1

:

France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain

Type R-M2

:

France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain

Type R-M4

:

Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Spain

Type R-M5

:

Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain

MEDITERRANEAN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

R-M1

France

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,700

Italy

MacrOper (based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index ICMi)

0,970

0,720

Portugal

Rivers Biological Quality Assessment Method-Benthic Invertebrates (IptIN, IptIS)

0,870 (type 1)

0,850 (type 3)

0,678 (type 1)

0,686 (type 3)

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using benthic invertebrates in Slovenia)

0,800

0,600

Spain

Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP)

0,845

0,698

Spain

Iberian Mediterranean Multimetric Index—using quantitative data (IMMi-T)

0,811

0,707

R-M2

France

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,700

Italy

MacrOper (based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index ICMi)

0,940

0,700

Portugal

Rivers Biological Quality Assessment Method-Benthic Invertebrates (IptIN, IptIS)

0,830 (type 2)

0,880 (type 4)

0,693 (type 2)

0,676 (type 4)

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using benthic invertebrates in Slovenia)

0,800

0,600

Spain

Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP)

0,845

0,698

Spain

Iberian Mediterranean Multimetric Index—using quantitative data (IMMi-T)

0,811

0,707

R-M4

France

Classification française DCE Indice Biologique Global Normalisé (IBGN). AFNOR NF-T-90-350 and arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,700

Cyprus

STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index (STAR_ICMi)

0,972

0,729

Italy

MacrOper (based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index ICMi)

0,940

0,700

Spain

Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP)

0,840

0,700

Spain

Iberian Mediterranean Multimetric Index—using quantitative data (IMMi-T)

0,850

0,694

R-M5

Cyprus

STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index (STAR_ICMi)

0,982

0,737

Italy

MacrOper (based on STAR Intercalibration Common Metric Index ICMi)

0,970

0,730

Portugal

Rivers Biological Quality Assessment Method-Benthic Invertebrates (IptIN, IptIS)

0,973 (type 5)

0,961 (type 6)

0,705 (type 5)

0,708 (type 6)

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using benthic invertebrates in Slovenia)

0,800

0,600

Spain

Iberian Biological Monitoring Working Party (IBMWP)

0,830

0,630

Spain

Iberian Mediterranean Multimetric Index—using quantitative data (IMMi-T)

0,830

0,620

MEDITERRANEAN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

R-M1, 2, 4

Cyprus

IBMR – Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

0,795

0,596

France

French standard NF T90-395 (2003-10-01) Qualité de l'eau - Détermination de l'indice biologique macrophytique en rivière (IBMR)

0,930

0,745

Greece

IBMR – Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

0,750

0,560

Italy

IBMR – Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

0,900

0,800

Portugal

IBMR – Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

0,920

0,690

Slovenia

RMI – River Macrophyte Index

0,800

0,600

Spain

IBMR – Biological Macrophyte Index for Rivers

0,950

0,740

MEDITERRANEAN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

R-M1

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009). AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007. Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,780

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009)

0,800

0,610

Portugal

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,970 (type 1)

0,910 (type 3)

0,730 (type 1)

0,680 (type 3)

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

0,800

0,600

Spain

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,937

0,727

R-M2

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009). AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007. Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,780

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009)

0,800

0,610

Portugal

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,910 (type 2)

0,970 (type 4)

0,680 (type 2)

0,730 (type 4)

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

0,800

0,600

Spain

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,938

0,727

R-M4

Cyprus

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,910

0,683

France

IBD 2007 (Coste et al, Ecol. Ind. 2009)

AFNOR NF-T-90-354, December 2007

Arrêté ministériel du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

0,940

0,780

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009)

0,800

0,610

Spain

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,935

0,727

R-M5

Cyprus

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,958

0,718

Italy

ICMi (Intercalibration Common Metric) Index (Mancini & Sollazzo, 2009)

0,880

0,650

Portugal

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,940

0,700

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

0,800

0,600

Spain

IPS (Coste in Cemagref, 1982)

0,935

0,700

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Northern

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Catchment area (of stretch)

Altitude & geomorphology

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Organic material (mg Pt/l)

R-N1

Small lowland siliceous moderate alkalinity

10-100 km2

< 200 m or below the highest coastline

0,2 - 1

< 30

(< 150 in Ireland)

R-N3

Small/medium lowland organic low alkalinity

10-1 000 km2

< 0,2

> 30

R-N4

Medium lowland siliceous moderate alkalinity

100-1 000 km2

0,2 - 1

< 30

R-N5

Small mid-altitude siliceous low alkalinity

10-100 km2

Between lowland and highland

< 0,2

< 30

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-N1

:

Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-N3

:

Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-N4

:

Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Type R-N5

:

Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

NORTHERN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna (methods sensitive for organic enrichment and general degradation)

Results: ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to all types as described above

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Finland

Multimetric system, first version established

0,80

0,60

Ireland

Quality Rating System (Q-value)

0,85

0,75

Norway

ASPT

0,99

0,87

Sweden

DJ-index (Dahl & Johnson 2004)

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

River Invertebrate Classification Tool (RICT)- WHPT

0,97

0,86

NORTHERN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna (methods sensitive for acidification)

Results: ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to clear, low alkalinity river types

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Norway

AcidIndex2 (Modified Raddum index2) (river acidification)

0,675

0,515

United Kingdom - Scotland

WFD-AWICsp: WFD Acid Water Indicator Community species

0,910

0,830

United Kingdom – England and Wales

WFD-AWICsp: WFD Acid Water Indicator Community species

0,980

0,890

Results: ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to humic, low alkalinity river types

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Sweden

MISA: Multimetric Invertebrate Stream Acidification index

0,550

0,400

United Kingdom

WFD-AWICsp: WFD Acid Water Indicator Community species

0,930

0,830

NORTHERN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to all types as described above

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Finland

Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (IPS)

0,91

0,80

Sweden

Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (IPS)

0,89

0,74

Ireland

Revised form of Trophic Diatom Index (TDI)

0,93

0,78

United Kingdom

DARLEQ 2

1,00

0,75

Norway

Periphyton Index of Trophic Status (PIT)

0,99 (Ca ≤ 1 mg/L)

0,95 (Ca > 1 mg/L)

0,83

NORTHERN RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUPS: All

BIOLOGICAL QUALITY ELEMENT: Fish fauna

Overview of regional groups that have been established for the river fish intercalibration:

Lowland-Midland group– Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), France, Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania, Luxembourg, UNITED KINGDOM (England and Wales), Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary

Nordic group– Finland, Ireland, Sweden, UNITED KINGDOM (Scotland and Northern Ireland), Norway

Alpine-type Mountains group– Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia

Mediterranean South Atlantic group– Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece

Danubian group– Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Lowland-midland group

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Belgium Flanders

Upstream and Lowland IBI

0,850

0,650

Belgium Wallonia

IBIP (Arrêté du Gouvernement wallon du 13 septembre 2012 relatif à l’identification, à la caractérisation et à la fixation des seuils d’état écologique applicables aux masses d’eau de surface et modifiant le Livre II du Code de l’Environnement, contenant le Code de l’Eau. Moniteur belge 12.10.2012)

0,958

0,792

France

Classification française DCE Indice Poissons Rivière (IPR). AFNOR NF-T-90-344. Arrêté du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

1,131

0,835

Germany

FIBS – fischbasiertes Bewertungssystem für Fließgewässer zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

1,086

0,592

Luxembourg

Classification française DCE Indice Poissons Rivière (IPR). AFNOR NF-T-90-344. Arrêté du 25 janvier 2010 modifié relatif aux méthodes et critères d’évaluation de l’état écologique {…} des eaux de surface

1,131

0,835

Netherlands

NLFISR

0,800

0,600

Lithuania

LZI

0,940

0,720


Nordic group

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Finland

Finnish Fish Index (FiFi) – type L2

0,665

0,499

Finland

Finnish Fish Index (FiFi) – type L3

0,658

0,493

Finland

Finnish Fish Index (FiFi) – type M1

0,709

0,532

Finland

Finnish Fish Index (FiFi) – type M2

0,734

0,550

Finland

Finnish Fish Index (FiFi) – type M3

0,723

0,542

Ireland

FCS2 IRELAND

0,845

0,540

Sweden

Swedish method VIX

0,739

0,467

United Kingdom – Northern Ireland

IR_FCS2

0,845

0,540

United Kingdom –Scotland

FCS2 Scotland

0,850

0,600


Mediterranean group

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Portugal

F_IBIP

0,850

0,675

Spain

IBIMED – type T2

0,816

0,705

Spain

IBIMED – type T3

0,929

0,733

Spain

IBIMED – type T4

0,864

0,758

Spain

IBIMED – type T5

0,866

0,650

Spain

IBIMED – type T6

0,916

0,764


Danubian group

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Czech Republic

Czech multimetric method CZI

0,780

0,585

Romania

EFI+ European Fish index (cyprinid_wading type)

0,939

0,700

Romania

EFI+ European Fish index (salmonid type)

0,911

0,755

Slovakia

Fish Index of Slovakia

FIS

0,710

0,570


Alpine group

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good

Good-Moderate

Austria

FIA

0,875

0,625

France

FBI

1,131

0,876

Germany

FIBS – fischbasiertes Bewertungssystem für Fließgewässer zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

1,086

0,592

Slovenia

SIFAIR

0,800

0,600

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUPS: All – Very Large Rivers

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

River characterisation

Catchment area (of stretch)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

R-L1

Very large low alkalinity rivers

> 10 000 km2

< 0,5

R-L2

Very large medium to high alkalinity rivers

> 10 000 km2

> 0,5

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type R-L1

:

Finland, Norway, Sweden

Type R-L2

:

Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

VERY LARGE RIVERS GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Results: ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to low alkalinity very large rivers (type R-L1)

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Finland

Indice de Polluosensibilité Spécifique (Specific Pollution Sensitivity Index SPI)

0,80

0,60

Sweden

Benthic algae in running water - diatom analysis

0,89

0,74

The following results apply to medium to high alkalinity very large rivers (type R-L2)

Country

National classification system intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Austria

Assessment of the Biological Quality Elements - part phytobenthos

0,85

0,57

Czech Republic

Assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos

0,80

0,60

Estonia

Estonian surface water ecological quality assessment – river phytobenthos

0,83

0,64

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Fließgewässern zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Diatomeen

0,725

0,545

Hungary

Ecological status assessment for rivers based on diatoms

0,762

0,60

Netherlands

WFD-metrics for natural water types

0,80

0,60

Slovakia

Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos

0,90

0,70

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja rek s fitobentosom in makrofiti v Sloveniji; fitobentos (Ecological status assessment system for rivers using phytobenthos and macrophytes in Slovenia; Phytobenthos)

0,80

0,60

WATER CATEGORY: Rivers

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: All - Very Large Rivers

BIOLOGICAL QUALITY ELEMENTS: Macrophytes, Phytoplankton, Fish, Benthic Invertebrates

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

WATER CATEGORY: Lakes

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Alpine

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Altitude (m above sea level)

Mean depth (m)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Lake size (km2)

L-AL3

Lowland or mid-altitude, deep, moderate to high alkalinity (alpine influence), large

50 - 800

> 15

> 1

> 0,5

L-AL4

Mid-altitude, shallow, moderate to high alkalinity (alpine influence), large

200 - 800

3 - 15

> 1

> 0,5

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-AL3

:

Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia

Types L-AL4

:

Austria, France, Germany, Italy

ALPINE LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Austria

Evaluation of the biological quality elements, Part B2 – phytoplankton

0,80

0,60

Germany

PSI (Phyto-Seen-Index) - Bewertungsverfahren für Seen mittels Phytoplankton zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

Italy

Italian Phytoplankton Assessment Method (IPAM)

0,80

0,60

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja jezer s fitoplanktonom v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for lakes using phytoplankton in Slovenia)

0,80

0,60

ALPINE LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

 

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Austria

AIM for Lakes (Austrian Index Macrophytes for lakes)

L-AL3+L-AL4

0,80

0,60

France

IBML (French Macrophyte Index for Lakes)

L-AL3+L-AL4

0,92

0,72

Germany

PHYLIB for Lakes (German Assessment system for Macrophytes & Phytobenthos for lakes for implementation of the WFD): Module Macrophytes

L-AL3+L-AL4

0,76

0,51

Germany

PHYLIB for Lakes (German Assessment system for Macrophytes & Phytobenthos for lakes for implementation of the WFD): Modules Macrophytes & Phytobenthos

LAL4

0,74

0,47

Italy

MacroIMMI (Macrophytic index for the evaluation of the ecological quality of the Italian lakes)

L-AL3+L-AL4

0,80

0,60

Slovenia

SMILE (Slovenian macrophyte-based index for lake ecosystems)

L-AL3

0,80

0,60

ALPINE LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrates

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Slovenia

Metodologija vrednotenja ekološkega stanja jezer z bentoškimi nevretenčarji v Sloveniji (Ecological status assessment system for lakes using benthic invertebrates in Slovenia)

0,80

0,60

Germany

AESHNA - Bewertungsverfahren für das eulitorale Makrozoobenthos in Seen zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

ALPINE LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Fish fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Austria

ALFI (Austrian lake fish index): A multimetric index to assess the ecological status of alpine lakes based on fish fauna.

0,80

0,60

Germany

DELAFI_SITE - Deutsches probennahmestandort-spezifisches Bewertungsverfahren für Fische in Seen zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie

0,85

0,69

Italy

Lake Fish Index (LFI)

0,82

0,64

WATER CATEGORY: Lakes

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Central / Baltic

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Altitude (m above sea level)

Mean depth (m)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Residence time (years)

L-CB1

Lowland, shallow, calcareous

< 200

3 - 15

> 1

1 - 10

L-CB2

Lowland, very shallow, calcareous

< 200

< 3

> 1

0,1 - 1

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-CB1

:

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom

Types L-CB2

:

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom

CENTRAL / BALTIC LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

 

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Belgium (Flanders)

Flemish phytoplankton assessment method for lakes

0,80

0,60

Germany

PSI (Phyto-See-Index) - Bewertungsverfahren für Seen mittels Phytoplankton zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland - German Phyto-Lake-Index (Phyto-See-Index)

0,80

0,60

Denmark

Danish Phytoplankton Index

0,80

0,60

Estonia

Estonian surface water ecological quality assessment – lake phytoplankton

0,80

0,60

Ireland

IE Lake Phytoplankton Index

0,80

0,60

Netherlands

WFD- metrics for natural watertypes

0,80

0,60

Poland

Phytoplankton method for Polish Lakes (PMPL)

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

Phytoplankton Lakes Assessment Tool (PLUTO)

0,80

0,60

CENTRAL / BALTIC LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

IC Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Belgium (Flanders)

Flemish macrophyte assessment system

All types

0,80

0,60

Denmark

Danish Lake Macrophytes Index

All types

0,80

0,60

Estonia

Estonian surface water ecological quality assessment – lake macrophytes

LCB1

0,78

0,52

LCB2

0,76

0,50

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Seen zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Makrophyten

All types

0,80

0,60

Lithuania

Lithuanian macrophyte assessment method

All types

0,75

0,50

Latvia

Latvian macrophyte assessment method

All types

0,80

0,60

Netherlands

WFD-metrics for natural water types

All types

0,80

0,60

Poland

Macrophyte based indication method for lakes - Ecological Status Macrophyte Index ESMI (multimetric)

All types

0,68

0,41

United Kingdom

LEAFPACS lake macrophyte classification tool (1)

All types

0,80

0,66

CENTRAL / BALTIC LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrates

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate

Belgium (Flanders)

Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index Flanders (MMIF)

0,90

0,70

Germany

AESHNA - Bewertungsverfahren für das eulitorale Makrozoobenthos in Seen zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

Estonia

Estonian surface water ecological quality assessment – lake macroinvertebrates

0,86

0,70

Lithuania

Lithuanian Lake Macroinvertebrate Index

0,74

0,50

Netherlands

WFDi - Metric for Natural Watertypes

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique (CPET)

0,77

0,64

CENTRAL / BALTIC LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Fish fauna

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

EASTERN / CONTINENTAL LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

EASTERN CONTINENTAL LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

EASTERN CONTINENTAL LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrates

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

EASTERN CONTINENTAL LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Fish fauna

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

WATER CATEGORY: Lakes

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Mediterranean

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterization

Altitude (m)

Annual mean precipitation (mm) and T (°C)

Mean depth (m)

Area (km2)

Catchment (km2)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

L-M5/7

Reservoirs, deep, large, siliceous, “wet” areas

< 1 000

> 800 and /or < 15

> 15

0,5-50

< 20 000

< 1

L-M8

Reservoirs, deep, large, calcareous

< 1 000

> 15

0,5-50

< 20 000

> 1

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-M5/7

:

Greece, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain

Types L-M8

:

Cyprus, France, Italy, Romania, Spain

MEDITERRANEAN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good

Good-moderate

LM 5/7

Spain

Mediterranean Assessment System for Reservoirs Phytoplankton (MASRP).

n.d. (2)

0,58

Portugal

Reservoirs Biological Quality Assessment Method – Phytoplankton (New Mediterranean Assessment System for Reservoirs Phytoplankton: NMASRP).

n.d.

0,60

Italy

New Italian Method (NITMET)

n.d.

0,60

L-M8

Spain

Mediterranean Assessment System for Reservoirs Phytoplankton (MASRP).

n.d.

0,60

Cyprus

New Mediterranean Assessment System for Reservoirs Phytoplankton (NMASRP).

n.d.

0,60

Italy

New Italian Method (NITMET)

n.d.

0,60

MEDITERRANEAN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

MEDITERRANEAN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrates

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

MEDITERRANEAN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP

Biological Quality Element: Fish fauna

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

WATER CATEGORY: Lakes

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Northern

NORTHERN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Altitude (m above sea level)

Mean depth (m)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Colour (mg Pt/l)

L-N1

Lowland, shallow, moderate alkalinity, clear

< 200

3 - 15

0,2 - 1

< 30

L-N2a

Lowland, shallow, low alkalinity, clear

< 200

3 - 15

< 0,2

< 30

L-N2b

Lowland, deep, low alkalinity, clear

< 200

> 15

< 0,2

< 30

L-N3a

Lowland, shallow, low alkalinity, meso-humic

< 200

3 - 15

< 0,2

30 - 90

L-N5

Mid-altitude, shallow, low alkalinity, clear

200-800

3 - 15

< 0,2

< 30

L-N6a

Mid-altitude, shallow, low alkalinity, meso-humic

200-800

3 - 15

< 0,2

30 - 90

L-N8a

Lowland, shallow, moderate alkalinity, meso-humic

< 200

3 - 15

0,2 - 1

30 - 90

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-N1, L-N2a, L-N3a, LN-8a

:

Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Types LN-2b

:

Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Types LN-5, LN-6a

:

Norway, Sweden

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good

Good-moderate

Finland

Finnish phytoplankton assessment method for lakes

0,80

0,60

Ireland

IE Lake Phytoplankton Index

0,80

0,60

Norway

Lake phytoplankton ecological status classification method

0,80

0,60

Sweden

Ecological assessment methods for lakes. quality factor phytoplankton

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

Phytoplankton Lakes Assessment Tool (PLUTO)

0,80

0,60

NORTHERN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Color (mg Pt/l)

L-N-M 101

Low alkalinity, clear

0,05 - 0,2

< 30

L-N-M 102

Low alkalinity, humic

0,05 - 0,2

> 30

L-N-M 201

Moderate alkalinity, clear

0,2 - 1,0

< 30

L-N-M 202

Moderate alkalinity, humic

0,2 - 1,0

> 30

L-N-M 301a

High alkalinity, clear, atlantic subtype

> 1,0

< 30

L-N-M 302a

High alkalinity, humic, atlantic subtype

> 1,0

> 30

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types 101, 102, 201 and 202

:

Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Type 301a

:

Ireland, United Kingdom.

Type 302a

:

Ireland, United Kingdom

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate

Finland

Finnish macrophyte classification system (Finnmac)

0,8 (all types)

0,6 (all types)

Ireland

Free Macrophyte Index

0,9 (all types)

0,68 (all types)

Norway

National macrophyte index (Trophic Index – TIc)

Type 101: 0,98

Type 102: 0,96

Type 201: 0,95

Type 202: 0,99

Type 101: 0,87

Type 102: 0,87

Type 201: 0,75

Type 202: 0,77

Sweden

Trophic Macrophyte Index (TMI)

Type 101: 0,93

Type 102: 0,93

Type 201: 0,89

Type 202: 0,91

Type 101: 0,80

Type 102: 0,83

Type 201: 0,78

Type 202: 0,78

United Kingdom

LEAFPACS lake macrophyte classification tool (3)

0,8 (all types)

0,66 (all types)

United Kingdom

Free Macrophyte Index (4)

0,9 (all types)

0,68 (all types)

NORTHERN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrates

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Ecoregion

Altitude

(m absl)

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Colour (mg Pt/l)

Lake littoral acidification

L-N-BF1

Lowland/mid-altitude, low alkalinity, clear

n.d.

< 800

0,05 - 0,2

< 30

Lake profundal eutrophication

L-N-BF2

Ecoregion 22, low alkalinity, clear and humic

22

Area > 1 km2, max depth > 6 m

< 0,2

n.d.

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-N-BF1

:

Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland

Types L-N-BF2

:

Finland, Sweden

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good

Good-moderate

Lake littoral acidification

Sweden

MILA: Multimetric Invertebrate Lake Acidification index

0,85

0,60

United Kingdom

LAMM (Lake Acidification Macroinvertebrate Metric)

0,86

0,70

Norway

MultiClear: Multimetric Invertebrate Index for Clear Lakes

0,95

0,74

Lake profundal eutrophication

Sweden

BQI (Benthic Quality Index)

0,84

0,67

Finland

BQI (Benthic Quality Index)

0,75

0,63

NORTHERN LAKES GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Fish fauna

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Lake area km2

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Colour (mg Pt/l)

L-N-F1

Dimictic clear water lakes

< 40

< 0,2

< 30

L-N-F2

Dimictic humic lakes

< 5

< 0,2

30-90

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types L-N-F1

:

Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Types L-N-F2

:

Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Finland

EQR4

0,80

0,60

Ireland

FIL2

0,76

0,53

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

FIL2

0,76

0,53

WATER CATEGORY: Lakes

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Cross-GIG Phytobenthos

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Lake characterisation

Alkalinity (meq/l)

Ecoregions

HA

High alkalinity lakes

> 1

Central-Baltic, Mediterranean

MA

Moderate alkalinity lakes

0,2-1

Central-Baltic, Northern

LA

Low alkalinity lakes

< 0,2

Northern

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Types HA

:

Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, United Kingdom

Types MA

:

Belgium, France, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Types LA

:

Finland, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom

CROSS-GIG LAKES INTERCALIBRATION RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macrophytes and Phytobenthos

Sub-Biological Quality Element: Phytobenthos

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

HA type

Belgium (Flanders)

Proportions of Impact-Sensitive and Impact-Associated Diatoms (PISIAD)

0,80

0,60

Germany

Verfahrensanleitung für die ökologische Bewertung von Seen zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie: Makrophyten und Phytobenthos (Phylib), Modul Phytobenthos

0,80

0,55

Hungary

MIL- Multimetric Index for Lakes

0,80

0,69

Ireland

Lake Trophic Diatom Index (IE)

0,90

0,63

Poland

PL IOJ (Multimetryczny Indeks Okrzemkowy dla Jezior = Multimetric Diatom Index for Lakes)

0,91

0,76

Sweden

IPS

0,89

0,74

Slovenia

Trophic Index (TI)

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

DARLEQ 2

0,92

0,70

MA type

Belgium (Flanders)

Proportions of Impact-Sensitive and Impact-Associated Diatoms (PISIAD)

0,80

0,60

Finland

IPS

0,80

0,64

Ireland

Lake Trophic Diatom Index (IE)

0,90

0,63

Sweden

IPS

0,89

0,74

United Kingdom

DARLEQ 2

0,93

0,66

LA type

Ireland

Lake Trophic Diatom Index (IE)

0,90

0,66

United Kingdom

DARLEQ 2

0,92

0,70

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Baltic Sea GIG

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Surface salinity

Psu

Bottom salinity

Exposure

Ice days

Other Characteristics

BT 1

0-8

Oligohaline

0 - 8

Very sheltered

Polish Vistula lagoon and Lithuanian Curonian lagoon.

BC1

0,5 - 6

Oligohaline

1 - 6

Exposed

90 - 150

Sites in the Quark and the Bothnian Sea, extending to the Archipelago Sea (for phytoplankton the latter is excluded and integrated in type BC9)

Influence of humic substances

BC3

3 - 6

Oligohaline

3 - 6

Sheltered

90 - 150

Finnish and Estonian coasts of Gulf of Finland

BC4

5 - 8

Lower mesohaline

5 - 8

Sheltered

< 90

Sites of Estonia and Latvia in the Gulf of Riga

BC5

6 - 8

Lower mesohaline

6 - 12

Exposed

< 90

Sites in the southeastern Baltic Sea along the coast of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

BC6

8 - 12

Mid mesohaline

8 -12

Sheltered

< 90

Sites along the Western Baltic Sea at the southern Swedish coast and the southeastern Danish coast

BC7

6 - 8

Mid mesohaline

8 - 11

Exposed

< 90

Western Polish coast and eastern German coast

BC8

13 -18

Upper mesohaline

18 -23

Sheltered

< 90

Danish and German coasts in the Western Baltic Sea

BC9

3 - 6

Lower mesohaline

3 - 6

Moderately exposed to exposed

90 - 150

Sites in the western Gulf of Finland, Archipelago Sea and Asko archipelago (only for phytoplankton)

Countries sharing types that have been intercalibrated:

Coastal waters

Type BC1

:

Finland, Sweden.

Type BC3

:

Finland, Estonia

Type BC4

:

Estonia, Latvia

Type BC5

:

Lithuania, Latvia, Poland.

Type BC6

:

Sweden, Denmark.

Type BC7

:

Germany, Poland.

Type BC8

:

Germany, Denmark.

Type BC9

:

Finland, Sweden, Estonia (type only relevant for phytoplankton)

Transitional waters

Type BT1

:

Lithuania, Poland.

BALTIC SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Coastal waters

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

BC1

Finland

BBI- Finnish Brackish water Benthic Index

0,96

0,56

Sweden

BQI–Swedish multimetric biological quality index (soft sediment infauna)

0,77

0,31

BC3

Estonia

ZKI – Estonian coastal water macrozoobenthos community index

0,39

0,24

Finland

BBI - Finnish Brackish water Benthic Index

0,94

0,56

BC6

Denmark

DKI ver2 - Danish Quality Index version 2

0,84

0,68

Sweden

BQI–Swedish multimetric biological quality index (soft sediment infauna)

0,76

0,27

BC8

Denmark

DKI ver2 - Danish Quality Index version 2

0,86

0,72

Germany

MarBIT - Marine Biotic Index Tool

0,8

0,6

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

BALTIC SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Coastal waters

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios of the national classification systems

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

BC7

Germany

German coastal phytoplankton method

0,8

0,6

Poland

Polish coastal phytoplankton method

0,8

0,6

BC8

Denmark

Danish coastal phytoplankton method

0,8

0,6

Germany

German coastal phytoplankton method

0,8

0,6

Results for parameter indicative of biomass (Chlorophyll a): SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

BALTIC SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Coastal waters

Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

BC3

Estonia

EPI- Estonian coastal water phytobenthos Index (macroalgae and angiosperms)

0,98

0,86

Finland

Fucus depth limit (macroalgae)

0,92

0,79


Ecological quality ratios and parameter values for parameter indicative of abundance (Depth limit of Eelgrass Zostera marina): Ecological quality ratios and parameter values

Type and country

Ecological Quality Ratios for the national classification systems

Parameter values/ranges

Depth limit (m)

Eelgrass Zostera marina

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

BC8

Denmark and Germany

Open coast

0,90

0,74

8,5

7

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: North East Atlantic

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Characterisation

Salinity (psu)

Tidal Range(m)

Depth (m)

Current Velocity (knots)

Exposure

Mixing

Residence Time

Type for opportunistic blooming macroalgae, seagrasses, saltmarshes and benthic invertebrate fauna

NEA1/26

Open oceanic or enclosed seas, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

> 30

Mesotidal 1 – 5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed

Days (to weeks in the Wadden Sea)

Subtypes for intertidal macroalgae

NEA1/26 A2

Open oceanic, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

Temperate waters (mainly, > 13 °C) and high irradiance (mainly, PAR > 29 Mol/m2 day)

> 30

Mesotidal 1–5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed Days

NEA1/26 B21

Open oceanic or enclosed seas, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

Cool waters (mainly, < 13 °C) and medium irradiance (mainly, PAR < 29 Mol/m2 day)

> 30

Mainly mesotidal 1–5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed

Days

Subtypes for phytoplankton

NEA1/26a

Open oceanic, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

> 30

Mesotidal 1 – 5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed

Days

NEA1/26b

Enclosed seas, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

> 30

Mesotidal 1 – 5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed

Days

NEA1/26c

Enclosed seas, enclosed or sheltered, partly stratified

> 30

Microtidal/Mesotidal < 1 – 5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Partly stratified

Days to weeks

NEA1/26d

Scandinavian coast, exposed or sheltered, shallow

> 30

Microtidal < 1

< 30

Low < 1

Exposed or moderately exposed

Partly stratified

Days to weeks

NEA1/26e

Areas of upwelling, exposed or sheltered, euhaline, shallow

> 30

Mesotidal 1 – 5

< 30

Medium 1 – 3

Exposed or sheltered

Fully mixed

Days

Types for phytoplankton, macroalgae, seagrasses, saltmarshes, benthic invertebrate fauna and fish (transitional waters)

NEA3/4

Polyhaline, Exposed or moderately exposed (Wadden Sea type)

Polyhaline 18 - 30

Mesotidal 1 - 5

< 30

Medium 1 - 3

Exposed or moderately exposed

Fully mixed

Days

NEA7

Deep fjordic and sea loch systems

> 30

Mesotidal 1 -5

> 30

Low < 1

Sheltered

Fully mixed

Days

NEA8a

Skagerrak Inner Arc Type, polyhaline, microtidal, moderately exposed, shallow

Polyhaline 25 - 30

Microtidal < 1

> 30

Low < 1

Moderately exposed

Fully mixed

Days to weeks

NEA8b

Skagerrak Inner Arc Type, polyhaline, microtidal, moderately sheltered, shallow

Polyhaline 10 - 30

Microtidal < 1

< 30

Low < 1

Sheltered to moderately exposed

Partly stratified

Days to weeks

NEA9

Fjord with a shallow sill at the mouth with a very deep maximum depth in the central basin with poor deepwater exchange

Polyhaline 25 - 30

Microtidal < 1

> 30

Low < 1

Sheltered

Partly stratified

Weeks

NEA10

Skagerrak Outer Arc Type, polyhaline, microtidal, exposed, deep

Polyhaline 25 - 30

Microtidal < 1

> 30

Low < 1

Exposed

Partly stratified

Days

NEA11

Transitional Waters

Oligohaline 0 - 35

Micro to macrotidal

< 30

Variable

Sheltered or moderately exposed

Partly permanently stratified

Days to weeks

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Coastal waters

Type NEA1/26 opportunistic blooming macroalgae, seagrasses, saltmarshes

:

Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Type NEA1/26 A2 intertidal macroalgae

:

France, Spain, Portugal

Type NEA1/26 B21 intertidal macroalgae

:

France, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom

Type NEA1/26a phytoplankton

:

Spain, France, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom

Type NEA1/26b phytoplankton

:

Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom

Type NEA1/26c phytoplankton

:

Germany, Denmark

Type NEA1/26d phytoplankton

:

Denmark

Type NEA1/26e phytoplankton

:

Portugal, Spain

Type NEA3/4

:

Germany, Netherlands

Type NEA7

:

Norway, United Kingdom

Type NEA8a

:

Norway, Sweden

Type NEA8b

:

Denmark, Sweden

Type NEA9

:

Norway, Sweden

Type NEA10

:

Norway, Sweden

Transitional waters

Type NEA11

:

Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom

NORTH EAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

The results are applicable to soft sediment habitats only (subtidal mud/sand habitats).

Coastal waters

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Type NEA8b

Denmark

DKI

0,84

0,68

Sweden

BQI

0,71

0,54

Types NEA8a/9/10

Norway

NQI

0,82

0,63

Sweden

BQI

0,71

0,54

Results for coastal waters, Types NEA 1/26 AND NEA7: SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

NORTH EAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Coastal waters

Phytoplankton: parameter indicative of biomass parameter (Chlorophyll a)

Results: Ecological quality ratios and parameter values

Parameter values are expressed in μg/l as the 90 %ile value calculated over the defined growing season in a six year period. The results relate to geographic areas within the types as described in the technical report.

Member State

Ecological Quality Ratios

Values (μg/l, 90 %ile)

High-good

Good-moderate

High-good

Good-moderate

NEA1/26c

 

 

 

 

Denmark

0,67

0,44

5

7,5

Germany

0,67

0,44

5

7,5

Results for coastal waters, Types NEA 1/26a, NEA 1/26b, NEA1/26e, NEA 3/4, NEA9, NEA10: SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

NORTH EAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macroalgae and angiosperms

Coastal waters

Results: Macroalgae - parameter intertidal or subtidal macroalgae rocky bottom

Coastal waters

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Type NEA1/26 A2 intertidal macroalgae

France

CCO - Cover, Characteristic species, Opportunistic species on intertidal rocky bottoms

0,80

0,60

Portugal

PMarMAT - Marine Macroalgae Assessment Tool

0,80

0,61

Spain

CFR – Quality of Rocky Bottoms

0,81

0,60

Spain

RICQI - Rocky Intertidal Community Quality Index

0,82

0,60

Spain

RSL - Reduced Species List

0,75

0,48

Type NEA1/26 B21 intertidal macroalgae

Ireland

RSL - Rocky Shore Reduced Species List

0,80

0,60

Norway

RSLA - Rocky Shore Reduced Species List

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

RSL - Rocky Shore Reduced Species List

0,80

0,60

Type NEA7 intertidal macroalgae

Norway

RSLA - Rocky Shore Reduced Species List with Abundance

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

RSL - Rocky Shore Reduced Species List

0,80

0,60

Type NEA8a/9/10 subtidal macroalgae

Norway

MSMDI – Multi Species Maximum Depth Index

0,80

0,60

Sweden

MSMDI – Multi Species Maximum Depth Index

0,80

0,60

Results for Macroalgae – parameter intertidal blooming macroalgae Type NEA1/26: SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

Results for Macroalgae – parameter intertidal blooming macroalgae - NEA11: SEE ANNEX II

Results: Angiosperms - subBQE indicative of seagrasses

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Coastal waters

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Type NEA3/4

Germany

SG - Bewertungssystem für Makroalgen und Seegräser der Küsten- und Übergangsgewässer zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

Netherlands

Monitoring beds of SG per waterbody using arial photographs, ground truth and specifyting surface & density per species

0,80

0,60

Results for Angiosperms (subBQE indicative of seagrasses) Type 1/26: SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

Results for Angiosperms (subBQE indicative of seagrasses) NEA11: SEE ANNEX II

NORTH EAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Fish (Transitional Waters)

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Belgium

EBI – Zeeschelde Estuarine Biotic Index

0,85

0,615

France

ELFI – Estuarine and Lagoon Fish Index

0,91

0,675

Germany

FAT – TW - Fischbasiertes Bewertungswerkzeug für Übergangsgewässer der norddeutschen Ästuare

0,84

0,62

Ireland

TFCI – Transitional Fish Classification Index

0,81

0,58

Netherlands

FAT – TW – WFD Fish index for transitional waters, type O2

0,80

0,60

Portugal

EFAI – Estuarine Fish Assessment Index

0,865

0,70

Spain

AFI – AZTI’s Fish Index

0,78

0,55

Spain

TFCI – Transitional Fish Classification Index

0,90

0,65

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

TFCI – Transitional Fish Classification Index

0,81

0,58

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Mediterranean Sea

Typology with regional common intercalibration types has been defined for phytoplankton only (see below).

For benthic invertebrate fauna, macroalgae and seagrasses the intercalibration results apply to the entire Mediterranean Sea covered by the Member States.

MEDITERRANEAN GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems

Coastal waters

The following results apply to soft sediments only

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Methods including diversity parameter

Italy

M-AMBI

0,81

0,61

Slovenia

M-AMBI

0,83

0,62

Methods not including diversity parameter

Cyprus

Bentix

0,75

0,58

France

AMBI

0,83

0,58

Greece

Bentix

0,75

0,58

Spain

BOPA

0,95

0,54

Spain

MEDOCC

0,73

0,47

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

MEDITERRANEAN SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Description of types for coastal waters that have been intercalibrated (applicable for phytoplankton only)

Type

Description

Density (kg/m3)

Annual mean salinity (psu)

Type I

Highly influenced by freshwater input

< 25

< 34,5

Type IIA,

IIA Adriatic

Moderately influenced by freshwater input (continent influence)

25-27

34,5-37,5

Type IIIW

Continental coast, not influenced by freshwater input (Western Basin).

> 27

> 37,5

Type IIIE

Not influenced by freshwater input (Eastern Basin)

> 27

> 37,5

Type Island-W

Island coast (Western Basin)

All range

All range

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Type I

:

France, Italy

Type IIA

:

France, Spain, Italy

Type IIA Adriatic

:

Italy, Slovenia

Type Island-W

:

France, Spain, Italy

Type IIIW

:

France, Spain, Italy

Type IIIE

:

Greece, Cyprus

Coastal waters

Results for parameter indicative of biomass (Chlorophyll a): SEE ANNEX II

Transitional waters:

INTERCALIBRATION NOT COMPLETED

MEDITERRANEAN SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Coastal waters

Macroalgae: sub-BQE indicative of Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

The following results apply to the upper infralittoral zone (3,5 – 0,2 m depth) in rocky coasts:

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Cyprus

EEI-c - Ecological Evaluation Index

0,76

0,48

France

CARLIT - Cartography of Littoral and upper-sublittoral rocky-shore communities

0,75

0,60

Greece

EEI-c - Ecological Evaluation Index

0,76

0,48

Italy

CARLIT - Cartography of Littoral and upper-sublittoral rocky-shore communities

0,75

0,60

Slovenia

EEI-c - Ecological Evaluation Index

0,76

0,48

Spain

CARLIT - Cartography of Littoral and upper-sublittoral rocky-shore communities

0,75

0,60

Seagrasses: sub-BQE indicative of Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

Cyprus

PREI - Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index

0,775

0,55

France

PREI - Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index

0,775

0,55

Italy

PREI - Posidonia oceanica Rapid Easy Index

0,775

0,55

Spain

POMI - Posidonia oceanica Multivariate Index

0,775

0,55

Spain

Valencian-CS

0,775

0,55

Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Transitional waters:

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national classification systems intercalibrated

Member State

National classification methods intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

France

Exclame

0,80

0,60

Greece

EEI-c - Ecological Evaluation Index

0,70

0,40

Italy

MaQI – Macrophyte Quality Index

0,80

0,60

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Black Sea

Description of common intercalibration types

Type

Description

CW-BL1

Coastal waters

Mesohaline, microtidal (< 1 m), shallow (< 30 m), moderately exposed, mixed substratum

Countries sharing the types that have been intercalibrated:

Bulgaria and Romania

BLACK SEA GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Coastal waters

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Bulgaria

IBI

0,80

0,63

Romania

IBI

0,80

0,63


(1)  Will be used in England, Wales and Scotland

(2)  High-Good boundary is not defined for reservoirs (both LM5/7 and LM8 types are reservoirs)

(3)  Will be used in England, Wales and Scotland

(4)  Will be used also in the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)


ANNEX II

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Baltic Sea GIG

BALTIC SEA GEOPGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Results for parameter indicative of biomass (Chlorophyll a): Ecological quality ratios and parameter values

The following results refer to summer mean May/June – September

Coastal waters

Member State

Ecological Quality Ratios for the national classification systems

Parameter values / ranges

Chlorophyll-a (μg/l)

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

High-good boundary

Good-moderate boundary

BC1

Finland

0,76

0,59

1,7

2,2

Sweden

0,87

0,65

1,5

2,0

BC9

Estonia

0,82

0,67

2,2

2,7

Finland

0,79

0,65

1,9

2,3

Sweden

0,80

0,67

1,5

1,8

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: North East Atlantic

NORTHEAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Benthic invertebrate fauna

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

The results are applicable to soft sediment habitats only (subtidal mud/sand habitats).

Coastal waters

Types NEA 1/26 and NEA7

Country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Types NEA1/26 and NEA 7 (Indices responsive primarily to organic enrichment and toxic pollution pressures in soft sediment habitats)

Denmark

DKI

0,67

0,53

France

M-AMBI

0,77

0,53

Germany

M-AMBI

0,85

0,70

Ireland

IQI

0,75

0,64

Netherlands

BEQI2

0,78

0,58

Norway

NQI

0,92

0,81

Portugal

P-BAT

0,79

0,58

Spain

M-AMBI

0,77

0,53

Spain

BO2A

0,78

0,44

United Kingdom

IQI

0,75

0,64

Types NEA1/26 (Index responsive to multiple pressures in multiple habitats)

Belgium

BEQI

0,80

0,60

NORTHEAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Coastal waters

Phytoplankton: parameter indicative of biomass parameter (Chlorophyll a)

Results: Ecological quality ratios and parameter values

Parameter values are expressed in μg/l as the 90 %ile value calculated over the defined growing season in a six year period. The results relate to geographic areas within the types as described in the technical report.

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

Values (μg/l, 90 %ile)

High-Good

Good-Moderate

High-Good

Good-Moderate

NEA 1/26a

France

0,67

0,33

5

10

Ireland

0,67

0,33

5

10

Norway

0,67

0,33

2,5

5

Spain South

0,67

0,33

5

10

Spain North East Cantabrian

0,67

0,33

1,5

3

Spain North Central Cantabrian

0,67

0,33

3

6

United Kingdom

0,67

0,33

5

10

NEA1/26b

Belgium

0,67

0,44

10

15

France

0,67

0,44

10

15

Netherlands

0,67

0,44

10

15

United Kingdom

0,67

0,44

10

15

NEA3/4

Germany

0,66

0,44

7-10

11-15

Netherlands

0,66

0,44

10-14

15-21

NEA1/26e

Portugal

0,67

0,44

6 – 8

9 – 12

Spain

0,67

0,44

6 – 8

9 – 12

NEA9

Norway

0,67

0,33

2,5

5

Sweden

0,67

0,33

2,5

5

NEA10

Norway

0,67

0,33

3

6

Sweden

0,67

0,33

3

6

NORTH EAST ATLANTIC GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP RESULTS

Biological Quality Element: Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Macroalgae: parameter intertidal blooming macroalgae soft bottom, indicative of abundance

Results: Ecological quality ratios of national parameter intercalibrated

Coastal waters

Country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type NEA1/26

Germany

Bewertungssystem für opportunistische Makroalgen auf eulitoralen Weichböden der Küstengewässer

0,80

0,60

Ireland

OGA Tool - Opportunistic Green Macroalgal Abundance

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

Opportunistic Macroalgae Blooming Tool OMBT

0,80

0,60

Transitional waters

Country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type NEA11

Ireland

OGA Tool - Opportunistic Green Macroalgal Abundance

0,80

0,60

Portugal

BMI – Blooming Macroalgal Index (Assessment of blooming macroalgae)

0,80

0,60

United Kingdom

Opportunistic Macroalgae Blooming Tool OMBT

0,80

0,60

Results: Angiosperms – sub-BQE indicative of Macroalgae and Angiosperms

Coastal waters:

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Country

National classification systems intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type NEA1/26

France

SBQ – Seagrass beds quality in coastal and transitional water bodies

0,80

0,60

Germany

SG - Bewertungssystem für Makroalgen und Seegräser der Küsten- und Übergangsgewässer zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

Ireland

Intertidal Seagrass Abundance and Species Composition

0,80

0,63

Transitional waters:

Results: Ecological quality ratios of the national classification systems intercalibrated

Type and country

National parameter intercalibrated

Ecological Quality Ratios

High-Good boundary

Good-Moderate boundary

Type NEA11

France

SBQ – Seagrass beds quality in coastal and transitional water bodies

0,80

0,60

Germany

SG - Bewertungssystem für Makroalgen und Seegräser der Küsten- und Übergangsgewässer zur Umsetzung der EG-Wasserrahmen-richtlinie in Deutschland

0,80

0,60

Ireland

Intertidal Seagrass Abundance and Species Composition

0,83

0,70

Netherlands

Monitoring beds of SG per waterbody using arial photographs, ground truth and specifying surface & density per species

0,80

0,60

Portugal

SQI – Seagrass quality index for intertidal TW

0,80

0,60

WATER CATEGORY: Coastal and transitional

GEOGRAPHICAL INTERCALIBRATION GROUP: Mediterranean

Biological Quality Element: Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton: parameter indicative of biomass: (Chlorophyll –a)

Coastal waters

Results: Ecological quality ratios and parameter values

Parameter values are expressed in μg/l of Chlorophyll a, for the 90th percentile calculated over the year in at least a five year period. The results relate to geographic areas within the types as described in the technical report.

Type

Ecological Quality Ratios

Values (μg/l, 90 %ile)

High-Good

Good-Moderate

High-Good

Good-Moderate

Type II-A

France

0,80

0,53

2,38

3,58

Spain

0,80

0,53

2,38

3,58

Italy (Tyrrhenian)

0,76

0,59

1,06

2,19

Type II-A Adriatic

Italy

0,75

0,58

1,58

3,81

Slovenia

0,75

0,58

1,58

3,81

Type Island - W

France

0,80

0,50

0,75

1,20

Spain

0,80

0,50

0,75

1,20

Type III-W

France

0,80

0,50

1,13

1,80

Spain

0,80

0,50

1,13

1,80

Type III-E

Cyprus

0,80

0,20

0,10

0,40

Greece

0,80

0,20

0,10

0,40


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