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Developments in water quality monitoring and management in large river catchments using the Danube River as an example

Chapman DV, Bradley C, Gettel GM, Hatvani IG, Hein T, Kovacs J, Liska I, Oliver D, Tanos P, Trasy B & Varbiro G (2016) Developments in water quality monitoring and management in large river catchments using the Danube River as an example, Environmental Science and Policy, 64, pp. 141-154.

Effective management of water quality in large rivers requires information on the influence of activities within the catchment (urban and rural) throughout the whole river basin. However, traditional water quality monitoring programmes undertaken by individual agencies normally relate to specific objectives, such as meeting quality criteria for wastewater discharges, and fail to provide information on basin-scale impacts, especially in transboundary river basins. Ideally, monitoring in large international river basins should be harmonised to provide a basin-scale assessment of sources and impacts of human activities, and the effectiveness of management actions. This paper examines current water quality issues in the Danube River basin and evaluates the approach to water quality monitoring in the context of providing information for a basin-wide management plan. Lessons learned from the monitoring programme in the Danube are used to suggest alternative approaches that could result in more efficient generation of water quality data and provide new insights into causes and impacts of variations in water quality in other large international river basins.

Danube River basin; water quality monitoring; international river basins; transboundary rivers; monitoring networks

AuthorsChapman Deborah V, Bradley Chris, Gettel Gretchen M, Hatvani Istvan Gabor, Hein Thomas, Kovacs Jozsef, Liska Igor, Oliver David, Tanos Peter, Trasy Balazs, Varbiro Gabor
Publication date10/2016
Publication date online13/07/2016
Date accepted by journal21/06/2016
ISSN 1462-9011

Environmental Science and Policy: Volume 64

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