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Aims and objectives

The main aim of the ICP Waters Programme is to assess, on a regional basis, the degree and geographical extent of the impact of atmospheric pollution, in particular acidification, on surface waters. The detailed aims and objectives, as discussed and decided in on the 15th Task Force Meeting in Italy (1999), are shown below.

•  Assess the degree and geographic extent of the impact of atmospheric pollution, in particular acidification,
   on surface waters;
•  Collect information to evaluate dose/response relationships;
•  Describe and evaluate long-term trends and variation in aquatic chemistry and biota attributable to
   atmospheric pollution.

• Maintain and develop an international network of surface water monitoring sites;
• Promote international harmonisation of monitoring practices by:
   -  maintaining and updating a manual for methods and operation;
   -  conducting interlaboratory quality assurance tests;
   -  compiling a centralised database with data quality control and assessment capabilities.
• Develop and/or recommend chemical and biological methods for monitoring purposes;
• Report on progress according to programme aims and short term objectives as defined in the annual work
• Conduct workshops on topics of central interest to the Programme Task Force and the aquatic effects
  research community;
• Address water related questions in cooperation with other ICP’s



Announcement of Task Force meeting 2017

The next ICP Waters Task Force meeting will be held in Uppsala, Sweden, May 9 to 11. It will be held jointly with the Task Force meeting of ICP Integrated Monitoring.


Minutes from the ICP waters meeting

 Minutes from the joint ICP Waters and ICP Integrated Monitoring in Asker Norway are now  available 

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ICP Waters report 126/2016

Proceedings of the 31st Task Force meeting of the ICP Waters Programme in Monte Verità, Switzerland, October 6-8, 2015. ICP Waters report 126/2016

available in our report archive


ICP Waters report 125/2015

The WGE trend report on Trends in ecosystem and health responses to long-range transported atmospheric pollutants has now been published.

 It can also be found in our report archive


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