Marine Ecological Tools for Reference, Intercalibration and Classification

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Water quality monitoring programmes exist in many of the Member States throughout the European Union (EU). With the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, Council Directive 2000/60/EC) all Member States must harmonise their national monitoring methods for each common metric (parameter indicative of a biological water quality element) used to determine the state of the aquatic environment to ensure consistent and comparable classification results for all biological community quality elements used (WFD Annex V, 1.4.1). The Marine Ecological Tools for Reference, Intercalibrationand Classification (METRIC) project, therefore, was designed specifically to support the Irish role in the EU Intercalibration Exercise of biological quality elements (BQEs) in order to set harmonised ecological quality criteria for the assessment of water quality in the transitional and coastal (TraC) waters of Europe.

The BQEs investigated by METRIC included:
Plants (phytoplankton, macroalgae andangiosperms),
Benthic macroinvertebrates (soft-bottom habitat),
Fish (estuarine).

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Dr. Caroline Cusack
Marine Institute

Dr. Francis O'Biern
The Marine Institute

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Author(s)Cusack, C. O'Biern, F.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationMarine Ecological Tools for Reference, Intercalibration and Classification
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Unique Identifierc67ae163-8911-102b-aa08-55a7497570d3
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-14

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Resource KeywordsMETRIC, WFD Intercalibration Plants Macroalgae, Angiosperms Phytoplankton Fish Macroalgae
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2005-W-MS-36-M1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThis data has not yet been made available by the Environmental Research Centre (ERC). A data request, however, can be made through the MI website
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Tuesday 4th January 2005 (04-01-2005)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 4th January 2005 (04-01-2005)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 10th June 2008 (10-06-2008)
Published on SAFERWednesday 11th June 2008 (11-06-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 11th June 2008 at 15:14:02 (11-06-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 11th June 2008 at 15:11:26 (11-06-2008)

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Description of Geographical Characteristics of This Project or Dataset
Mulroy Bay, Dundalk Bay, Dublin Bay, Kinsale Harbour, Kenmare River, Galway Bay, Greatman's Bay, Kilkiernan Bay, Killary Harbour, and Clew Bay Selected estuaries (Transitional Waters) and lagoons around the Irish coast Ballysadare Bay, Dublin Bay, Gweebarra Bay, Killary Harbour, Kinsale , Liffey and Tolka Estuaries (Dublin), Lower Suir (Waterford), Mulroy Bay, Waterford Harbour.

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The European Union Water Framework Directive (EU
WFD) was published in 2000 and was transposed into
Irish law in 2003 (S.I. No. 722 of 2003). Under this
Directive, Ireland is obliged to carry out monitoring to ensure that its waters retain a set quality status or are improved to achieve a target status. In 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), conscious of the shortfalls identified by the Irish personnel involved with TraC waters, allocated funding
to facilitate development of capacity to implement the WFD in such waters. The project undertook to examine methods for data collection and metrics (parameters indicative of a biological water quality element) for data
interrogation with a view to developing further the classification tools (data analysis methods) and establishing boundary criteria for the various EQRs.
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