Netherlands National Monitoring of Phytoplankton in the Western Scheldt Region (1987-)

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Data holding centreRijkswaterstaat Central Information Services
CountryNetherlands  Netherlands
ProjectNational Biological Monitoring Programme(MON*BIOLOGIE)
Time period1987 -present
Geographical area

Western Scheldt


Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Plankton abundance per unit volume of the water column; Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Plankton biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies


Particulates samplers; sieves and filters; optical microscopes


MON*BIO is a part of the Monitoring programme of the National Water Systems (in Dutch : Monitoring Waterstaatkundige Toestand des Lands; MWTL) The primary goal of the MWTL programme is to provide physical, chemical and biological information in relation to long term developments. So the focal point for the monitoring programme is based on trend detection. Another aim is to check the compliance to national and international assessment criteria. The Dutch marine and brackish waters are dived into areas. In field GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE the area is mentioned. In MON*BIO surface water is inspected to determine the numbers of specimen and the totals of these specimens. The starting date mentioned is not necessarily the same for every parameters or location this can differ from one parameter or location to another. The given date is the first year data is available of one or more locations. During the given period more or less locations can be sampled due to changes in the national monitoring programme. All inspections are carried out by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). Water: The frequency of collecting the samples differs from 7 till 30 times a year. The programme for chlorophyll started in 1987. The monitoring of phytoplankton started in 1990. For actual planning:

OriginatorsRijkswaterstaat Water, Traffic and Environment
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Last revised2009-09-21