ILLUMINATE, Past, current and future Interactions between pressures, chemicaL status and bioLogical qUality eleMents for lakes IN two contrAsting instrumented catchmenTs in IrEland (ILLUMINATE)
Using a combination of existing and new data for instrumented catchments located in two RBDs within a dynamic coupled ecological pressure-response modelling framework, ILLUMINATE will address important WFD-relevant knowledge gaps relating to ecological responses to individual and combined pressures on fresh surface waters. The two case study catchments comprise cascading systems of inter-connected fresh water lakes and are relatively rich in high quality data which are often lacking for European catchments . The two catchments also comprise examples of 'at risk' categories for lakes, from 'not at risk' to 'at significant risk' and encompass a range of pressures, all of which are likely to vary in the years up to and beyond the deadline for implementation of the WFD. Examining and modelling the significant ecological pressures on lakes, as receptacles for integrations of information relating to overall catchment conditions, over the last c. 200 years and into the future, will form the main focus of ILLUMINATE. ILLUMINATE is scheduled to operate for three years and is based on collaboration between representatives of four universities, the Marine Institute, RBD management groups and a major environmental consultancy, all of whom have extensive, relevant experience.
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Environmental Protection Agency 2005-W-MS-40-M1
Keywords: Lakes; Catchments; Pressures; Ecological pressure-response modelling