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Assessment and Monitoring of River and Lake Acidification

Martin Kernan and Chris Curtis report UK work on lake recovery to Russian meeting

Assessment and Monitoring of River and Lake Acidification

Dr Martin Kernan and Dr Chris Curtis attended the ICP Waters Task Force meeting, held in Sochi, Russia  on 19-21 October. ICP Waters is an international cooperative  programme for monitoring the effects of acid rain and air pollution on water and water courses. Twenty countries (18 European, USA and Canada) participate to supply monitoring data to the programme's central database at the Norwegian Institute for Water
Research (NIVA). The monitoring data provide a basis for documenting the effects of long-range transboundary air pollutants. UCL is the UK representative. Martin and Chris summarised work being undertaken in the UK by the UK Acid Water Monitoring Network. Ongoing monitoring is currently being funded by Defra, and one of the many research initiatives for which the data are being used is to examine trajectories of recovery from acidification for different organisms (aquatic insects, plants, algae) under the EU funded WISER project

See: http://www.wiser.eu/


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