Satellite-assisted monitoring of water quality to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive

Papathanasopoulou, E, Simis, SGH, Alikas, K, Ansper, A, Anttila, J, Barillé, A, Barillé, L, Brando, V, Bresciani, M, Bučas, M, Gernez, PM, Giardino, C, Harin, N, Hommersom, A, Kangro, K, Kauppila, P, Koponen, S, Laanen, M, Neil, C, Papadakis, D, Peters, S, Poikane, S, Poser, K, Dionisio Pires, M, Riddick, CAL, Spyrakos, E, Tyler, A, Vaiciute, D, Warren, M and Zoffoli, ML 2019 Satellite-assisted monitoring of water quality to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. UNSPECIFIED, 1pp. (UNSPECIFIED)

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The EU Water Framework Directive1 (WFD) is an ambitious legislation framework to achieve good ecological and chemical status for all surface waters and good quantitative and chemical status for groundwater by 2027. A total of 111,062 surface waterbodies are presently reported on under the Directive, 46% of which are actively monitored for ecological status. Of these waterbodies 80% are rivers, 16% are lakes, and 4% are coastal and transitional waters. In the last assessment, 4% (4,442) of waterbodies still had unknown ecological status, while in 23% monitoring did not include in situ water sampling to support ecological status assessment2. For individual (mainly biological) assessment criteria the proportion of waterbodies without observation data is much larger; the full scope of monitoring under the WFD is therefore still far from being realised. At the same time, 60% of surface waters did not achieve ‘good’ status in the second river basin management plan and waterbodies in Europe are considered to be at high risk of having poor water quality based on combined microbial, physical and physicochemical indicators3.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Earth Observation Science and Applications
Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Sea and Society
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 11 Mar 2020 11:13
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 10:02

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