The output of monitoring programmes such as the National Aquatic Ecosystem Biomonitoring Programme must be used in the management of aquatic ecosystems. To achieve this, collected data must, through a systematic framework, be linked to measurable management objectives. This paper demonstrates how the results obtained with biological indices and system-specific knowledge, are combined to derive semi-quantitative assessments of ecosystem condition. These assessments provide the basis for responding to the results of a river monitoring programme.
Biological monitoring and assessment of rivers as a basis for identifying and prioritising river management options
D. J. Roux, C. J. Kleynhans, C. Thirion; Biological monitoring and assessment of rivers as a basis for identifying and prioritising river management options. Water Sci Technol 1 May 1999; 39 (10-11): 207–210. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.1999.0657
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