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Water Quality Assessment and European Water Framework Directive

Environmental Policy and Regulation

  1. E. Marian Scott1,
  2. J. Campbell Gemmell2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn006

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How to Cite

Scott, E. M. and Gemmell, J. C. 2013. Water Quality Assessment and European Water Framework Directive. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 6.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

  2. 2

    Environment Protection Authority South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

Abstract

Water quality assessment is carried out in a spatiotemporal framework, following guidelines and procedures described by regulations such as the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) (2000) and the US Clean Water Act (1972, and those that follow). This assessment presents a number of statistical challenges, some of which are highlighted in this article.

Keywords:

  • water quality;
  • water framework directives;
  • ecological objectives;
  • spatiotemporal modeling;
  • monitoring;
  • river basins