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Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 130, Issue 1–4, pp 775–780 | Cite as

ICP Waters — an International Programme for Surface Water Monitoring

  • Berit Kvaeven
  • Merete J. Ulstein
  • Brit L. Skjelkvåle
  • Gunnar G. Raddum
  • H. Hovind
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Abstract

The International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Acidification of Rivers and Lakes (ICP Waters) was established in July 1985 under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) Executive Body of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP). The Programme Centre is at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo. The main aim of the Programme is to assess, on a regional basis, the degree and geographical extent of acidification of surface waters. 23 countries in Europe and North America participate on a regular basis. The major findings in the programme cover (1) regional trends in water chemistry related to changes in S- and N-deposition, (2) dose/response relationships particularly between biology (invertebrates) and water chemistry (acidification status), (3) effects of acidification on aquatic fauna, (4) implications for the assessment of critical loads, and (5) nitrogen leaching. Both chemical and biological intercalibrations and intercomparisons are important parts of the programme activities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berit Kvaeven
    • 1
  • Merete J. Ulstein
    • 2
  • Brit L. Skjelkvåle
    • 2
  • Gunnar G. Raddum
    • 3
  • H. Hovind
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian State Pollution Control AuthorityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Institute for Water ResearchOsloNorway
  3. 3.Dep. of ZoologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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