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River Hydromorphological Assessment and Monitoring Methodologies


River Hydromorphological Assessment and Monitoring Methodologies

Summary of European country questionnaires.

The present report is about methodologies used in European countries for river hydromorphological assessment and monitoring across scales. It has been developed as part of the work programme 2016-2018 of the Common Implementation Strategy Ad-hoc Task Group on Hydromorphology. It summarises key information reported via a questionnaire on hydromorphological assessment methods used in European countries for WFD implementation. The report is available for download.

The experience from implementing the WFD so far shows that there is a need to take hydromorphology better into account, in status assessment, monitoring, characterisation as well as in the design and implementation of measures. Especially, the assessment of hydromorphological pressures needs to be improved substantially. The availability of information on hydromorphological pressures for the first River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) was scarce in many Member States, as this issue was largely not regulated before the WFD. However, it is expected that Member States will have much better information basis for the update of the pressures and impacts analysis for the 2nd RBMPs.


Kampa, E. & Bussettini, M., 2018. River Hydromorphological Assessment and Monitoring Methodologies: Part 1 – Summary of European country questionnaires.

Martina Bussettini
126 pp.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Scope of the report
2 European country Questionnaire on Hydromorphological Assessment and Monitoring
2.1 Responding countries
3 Report structure
4 Overview of methods in European countries
6 Use of methods for different purposes
7 Application of methods
8 General characteristics of the methods
8.1 Source of information / data collection
8.2 Longitudinal and lateral spatial scales
8.3 Defining reference conditions
8.4 Use of hydromorphological types
8.5 Temporal dimension
8.6 Severity of hydromorphological pressures
9 Recording of hydromorphological features
9.1 Recording of hydrological features
9.2 Recording of morphological features
9.3 Recording of continuity features
9.4 Recording of other artificial elements
9.5 Consideration of processes
10 Assessment output of methods
11 Key strengths and weaknesses of methods
12 Lessons learned
13 References
Annex I: Strengths, weaknesses and challenges of methods
Annex II: Questionnaire responses on e-flows
Annex III: Key references for the reported methods
Annex IV: European country questionnaire on hydromorphological assessment and monitoring
Annex V: Guide to the entries of the Questionnaire
Annex VI: List of national experts responding to the Questionnaire

hydromorphology, Water Framework Directive, WFD, monitoring, hydromorphological assessment, rivers, Europe