Programme centre

The ICP Waters Progamme Centre is located at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Oslo, Norway. ICP Waters is chaired by Heleen de Wit (NIVA) and Head of program centre is Kari Austnes (NIVA). A sub-centre of ICP Waters with special responsibility for biological monitoring and intercalibration is located at the laboratory of freshwater ecology and inland fisheries (Uni Research; subsidiary of NORCE), attached to the University in Bergen.

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Role Organisation Name
Chair NIVAHeleen de Wit
Head of Programme Centre NIVAKari Austnes
Database management and website NIVAJames Sample
Programme support NIVAIngvild Skumlien Furuseth
Chemical intercalibration NIVACathrine Brecke Gundersen
Biological intercalibration and invertebrates Univ. of Bergen, NORCEGaute Velle
ICP Waters station IT03, Lake Paione Inferiore, Bognanco Valley, Piedmont Region of Italy. Courtesy of Dr. Michela Rogora, Institute of Ecosystem Study.

Focal centres

National Focal Centres in around 20 countries contribute data & scientific inputs and meet annually at the Task Force meetings.

Country Contact Organisation Address
Armenia Alina ZurnachyanEnvironmental Monitoring and Information Center (EMIC), Ministry of Nature Protection Yerevan, Armenia
Austria Ruben SommarugaInstitute of Ecology Innsbruck, Austria
Belarus Anatoly SrybnyBerezinsky Biosphere Reserve Vitebsk Region, Belarus
Canada Daniel HouleEnvironment Canada Montréal, Canada
Croatia Duška ŠašaEnergy Institute Hrvoje Požar Zagreb, Croatia
Czech Republic Jakub HruškaCzech Geological Survey Prague, Czech Republic
Estonia Reet TalkopAnalysis and Planning Department Tallinn, Estonia
Finland Jussi VuorenmaaFinnish Environment Institute Helsinki, Finland
Georgia Marine ArabidzeDepartment of Environmental Pollution Monitoring, National Environment Agency Tbilisi, Georgia
Germany Jens ArleGerman Environment Agency Dessau, Germany
Ireland Wayne TroddIreland's Environmental Protection Agency Wexford, Ireland
Italy Michela RogoraWater Research Institute Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Latvia Iveta IndriksoneLatvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency Riga, Latvia
Norway Heleen de WitNorwegian Institute for Water Research Oslo, Norway
Poland Rafał Piotr UlańczykInstitute for Ecology of Industrial Areas Katowice, Poland
Russia Tatyana MoiseenkoInstitute of Water Problems RAS Moscow, Russia
Spain Manuel Toro VelascoCEDEX (Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas) Madrid, Spain
Sweden Jens FölsterSwedish Universty of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden
Switzerland Sandra SteingruberSezione protezione aria, acqua e suolo Bellinzona, Switzerland
United Kingdom Don MonteithCentre for Ecology & Hydrology Lancaster, United Kingdom
United States John L. StoddardU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Oregon, USA

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. Detailed aims and objectives were discussed and decided at the 15th Task Force Meeting in Italy (1999), and 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 variations 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 inter-laboratory 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 Programme
  • 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 ICPs

Further details are provided in the programme manual.

ICP Waters station DE12, at Harz, Lange Bramke, in Germany. Courtesy of Dr. Henning Meesenburg, Nordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchsanstalt, Germany.
ICP Waters station DE12, at Harz, Lange Bramke, in Germany. Courtesy of Dr. Henning Meesenburg, Nordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchsanstalt, Germany.