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ABSTRACT - DELIVERABLE 30

Meta-database on ecological indicators comprising information on biotic indicators and their interrelationship with global change

DELIVERABLE 30: Meta−database on ecological indicators comprising information on biotic indicators and their interrelationship with global change

This database summarises knowledge on potential chemical, hydrological, biological and functional indicators in freshwater ecosystems related to climate variability and Climate Change in Europe. The information is based on hypotheses and data from recently published literature and on results obtained in other work packages within Euro−limpacs. More then 200 references have been compiled. The database is categorised into countries, freshwater types (rivers, lakes and wetlands) and groups of indicators. Emphasis is placed on Cause−Effect−Chains for processes and interactions related to the direct and indirect impact of climatic factors. An overview of the main Cause−Effect−Chains in rivers, lakes and wetlands is provided using flowcharts. The database will be updated regularly and is not yet complete. In particular, data on wetlands will be added soon. Despite this ongoing development it has to be pointed out that for some geographic regions (Mediterranean zone, in particular) limited information is available. It was agreed that future publications resulting from Euro−Limpacs will be included in the database, too. Initially the database was compiled in MS ACCESS and subsequently transferred into a MySQL database, one of the standards for web−based databases. Within the current structure and design it is easy to add more countries, indicators and typologies, and the potential exists to add additional queries and extra information.

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