Title: Network Design for Water Quality Monitoring of Surface Freshwaters: A Review
Citation: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT vol. 87 no. 4 p. 639-648
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC36489
ISSN: 0301-4797
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36489
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.03.001
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In the past, many water quality monitoring networks for surface freshwaters have been rather haphazardly designed without a consistent or logical design strategy. Moreover, design practices in recent years indicate a need for cost-effective and logistically adoptable water quality monitoring network design approaches that permit the observation of water quality conditions. A review of current monitoring network approaches reveals that monitoring network design still lacks a satisfactory design methodology. In monitoring network design, there is a multitude of considerations that need to be addressed and incorporated into the network design that ideally should include a holistic appraisal of the monitoring objectives, representative sampling locations, suitable sampling frequencies, water quality variable selection, and budgetary and logistical constraints. To investigate in detail which factors affect the development of an effective water quality monitoring network design methodology, a review of past and current approaches in the design of monitoring networks with respect to surface freshwaters was undertaken.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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