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SPEC 8. Assessing the Biological Quality of Fresh Waters - RIVPACS and Other Techniques

Edited by John F. Wright, David W. Sutcliffe and Mike T. Furse

Published by The Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside, June 2000

400 pages

ISBN 978-0-900386-62-6

Price £16 softback, £40 hardback

This book presents an account of developments in predictive bioassessment systems for classifying and monitoring fresh waters, based on macroinvertebrates. It describes in considerable detail developments with the River Invertebrate Prediction and Classification System (RIVPACS) of the UK, the AUSRIVAS programme in Australia, and the BEAST in Canada. Multimetric methods from North America, bioassessment approaches in The Netherlands, Sweden and Spain, and the application of artificial intelligence techniques are all included. The book is based on an international workshop of 59 invited scientists from 23 countries that took place at Jesus College, Oxford in 1997. For all those who are professional scientists involved in aquatic bioassessment methods or the management of natural and impacted fresh waters, this book is a necessary reference text. Similarly for students wishing to learn more about the use of macroinvertebrates for assessing biological quality of fresh waters, it is an invaluable source of information.


bosmina  Participants

bosmina  Foreword

bosmina  Editorial preface

bosmina  Some terms commonly employed by biologists working with RIVPACS

bosmina  An introduction to RIVPACS (John F. Wright)

bosmina  Evolution of statistical methods in RIVPACS (Dorian Moss)

bosmina  Uncertainty in estimates of biological quality based on RIVPACS (Ralph Clarke)

bosmina  Classification of the biological quality of rivers in England and Wales (Brian Hemsley-Flint)

bosmina  Quality assurance and RIVPACS (Robert A. Dines and John A.D. Murray-Bligh)

bosmina  The application of RIVPACS procedures in headwater streams – an extensive and important national resource (Mike T. Furse)

bosmina  The potential of RIVPACS for predicting the effects of environmental change (Patrick D. Armitage)

bosmina  Development of a national river bioassessment system (AUSRIVAS) in Australia (Peter E. Davies)

bosmina  Biological assessment of river quality: development of AUSRIVAS models and outputs (Justen C. Simpson and Richard H. Norris)

bosmina  AUSRIVAS: operator sample processing errors and temporal variability – implications for model sensitivity (Chris L. Humphrey, Andrew W. Storey and Lisa Thurtell)

bosmina  The development of the BEAST: a predictive approach for assessing sediment quality in the North American Great Lakes (Trefor B. Reynoldson, Kristin E. Day and Tim Pascoe)

bosmina  Establishing reference conditions in the Fraser River catchment, British Columbia, Canada, using the BEAST (BEnthic Assessment of SedimenT) predictive model (David M. Rosenberg, Trefor B. Reynoldson and Vincent H. Resh)

bosmina  Selection of benthic macroinvertebrate metrics for monitoring water quality of the Fraser River, British Columbia: implications for both multimetric approaches and multivariate models (Vincent H. Resh, David M. Rosenberg and Trefor B. Reynoldson)

bosmina  Running-water biomonitoring in Spain: opportunities for a predictive approach (Javier Alba-Tercedor and Ana María Pujante)

bosmina  Effects of taxonomic resolution and use of subsets of the fauna on the performance of RIVPACS-type models (Charles P. Hawkins and Richard H. Norris)

bosmina  The 1995 national survey of Swedish lakes and streams: assessment of ecological status using macroinvertebrates (Richard K. Johnson and Willem Goedkoop)

bosmina  Typology of macrofaunal assemblages applied to water and nature management: a Dutch approach (Piet F.M. Verdonschot and Rebi C. Nijboer)

bosmina  New approaches to river quality classification based upon Artificial Intelligence (William J. Walley and Valentine N. Fontama)

bosmina  The multimetric approach to bioassessment, as used in the United States of America (Michael T. Barbour and Chris O. Yoder)

bosmina  The reference condition: problems and solutions (Trefor B. Reynoldson and John F. Wright)

bosmina  Summarising, presenting and interpreting outputs from RIVPACS and AUSRIVAS (Richard H. Norris)

bosmina  Using RIVPACS as a modelling tool to predict the impacts of environmental changes (Niels De Pauw)

bosmina  Using RIVPACS for studies on conservation and biodiversity (Philip J. Boon)

bosmina  RIVPACS and alternative statistical modelling techniques: accuracy and soundness of principles (Richard K. Johnson)

bosmina  References

bosmina  Index to scientific names (taxa)

bosmina  Index to selected topics

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