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A system of metrics for the assessment and improvement of aquatic ecosystem models

Matthew R. Hipsey, Gideon Gal, George B. Arhonditsis, Cayelan C. Carey, J. Alex Elliott, Marieke A. Frassl, Jan H. Janse, Lee de Mora, Barbara J. Robson
2020 Environmental Modelling & Software  
In this paper, we introduce the CSPS framework for the hierarchical assessment of aquatic ecosystem models built on a range of metrics and characteristic signatures relevant to aquatic ecosystem condition  ...  To highlight a diverse range of contexts relevant to the aquatic ecosystem modelling community, we present several case studies of improved validation approaches using the level 0-3 assessment hierarchy  ...  Acknowledgements The authors gratefully acknowledge discussions with members of the Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling Network (AEMON), including Louise Bruce, Karsten Rinke, Paul Hanson, David Hamilton and Wolf  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104697 fatcat:mxttaizwxbdmnlcmjzcl2kfkfm

Development of Ecosystem Health Assessment (EHA) and Application Method: A Review

Shaokang Fu, Lin Zhao, Zhi Qiao, Tong Sun, Meng Sun, Yuying Hao, Siyu Hu, Yanchang Zhang
2021 Sustainability  
The latter method combines multiple ecosystem metrics and reflects ecosystem processes. The pressure–state–response (PSR) model most commonly uses the index system method.  ...  We also reviewed ecosystem health assessment (EHA) methods and analyzed the application of EHA methods. EHA methods are generally classified into biological indicator and index system method.  ...  Research on EHA in 21st Century In the 21st century, researchers improved and innovated assessment methods and conducted case studies in a wide range of ecosystems, including aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems  ... 
doi:10.3390/su132111838 doaj:483c21de9a3742998fc54a04135192ed fatcat:iv2ug3sovjf2thfnkws42jmp4u

Predicting the resilience and recovery of aquatic systems: A framework for model evolution within environmental observatories

Matthew R. Hipsey, David P. Hamilton, Paul C. Hanson, Cayelan C. Carey, Janaine Z. Coletti, Jordan S. Read, Bas W. Ibelings, Fiona J. Valesini, Justin D. Brookes
2015 Water Resources Research  
assessed against theoretically relevant metrics of system function.  ...  networks, within a learning framework, as a means to improve the accuracy and scope of model predictions.  ...  Acknowledgments The authors gratefully acknowledge James Beerens and two anonymous reviewers for suggestions to improve the clarity of ideas presented in the paper.  ... 
doi:10.1002/2015wr017175 fatcat:pi47d2jvpjgqjjhmfqwyim5gzi

Contribution of site assessment toward prioritising investment in natural capital

Neville D. Crossman, Brett A. Bryan, Darran King
2011 Environmental Modelling & Software  
for improved provision of ecosystem services.  ...  The metrics describe the health, integrity and value of aquatic habitat and terrestrial remnant vegetation at a site.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work was funded under the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry National Market-Based Instruments Pilot Program, Round 2 and the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.04.022 fatcat:yhjvcteq2rh5ti2nlekbydpgzm

Ecological conservation and the restoration of freshwater environments in Korea

Soon-Jin Hwang, Sang-Woo Lee, Byungho Yoo
2014 Paddy and Water Environment  
This study was supported by the Center for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration of the Eco-STAR Project (EW-55-12-10).  ...  Acknowledgments We express our thanks to all that contributed to this special issue, to the members of the aquatic ecosystem restoration project, and to the reviewers for their valuable comments.  ...  The presented works can be arbitrarily divided into four groups, as follows: (1) techniques for monitoring, assessing, and modeling aquatic ecosystems and watersheds, (2) techniques for restoring and improving  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10333-014-0457-8 fatcat:idn2oi7uhfhhvhmw22i57ve4na

Tools for assessing European streams with macroinvertebrates: major results and conclusions from the STAR project

Piet F. M. Verdonschot, Otto Moog
2006 Hydrobiologia  
Along with the development of metrics and multimetrics indices taxalists and autecological information were strongly improved.  ...  For Europe the WFD implementation gave an important stimulus for the development of ecology based assessment techniques.  ...  Traditional biological assessment methods no longer provided a sufficient tool for integrated water management due to their restricted approach to one or a few aspects of the aquatic ecosystem.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10750-006-0088-1 fatcat:h6eg7ds2gjfaxmlcryakn62664

Toward Harmonizing Ecotoxicity Characterization in Life Cycle Impact Assessment

Peter Fantke, Nicolo Aurisano, Jane Bare, Thomas Backhaus, Cécile Bulle, Peter M. Chapman, Dick De Zwart, Robert Dwyer, Alexi Ernstoff, Laura Golsteijn, Hanna Holmquist, Olivier Jolliet (+10 others)
2018 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry  
To improve methods for assessing ecosystem impacts, the Life Cycle Initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme established a task force to evaluate the state-of-the-science in modeling  ...  Ecosystem quality is an important area of protection in life cycle impact assessment (LCIA). Chemical pollution has adverse impacts on ecosystems on a global scale.  ...  Acknowledgement Experts providing important input to the task force scoping phase, the roadmap document or  ... 
doi:10.1002/etc.4261 pmid:30178491 pmcid:PMC7372721 fatcat:64pxbvsjvfev3fsfr4hewyhlba

Environmental indicators of ecological integrity and their development for running waters in northern Portugal

S. V. Oliveira, M. V. Cortes
2006 Limnetica  
condition of aquatic ecosystems.  ...  Although the first attempts to define the "health" of aquatic ecosystems have not reached consensus, Karr (1992) uses these three expressions interchangeably given the similitude of the components.  ...  , minimize and prevent the degradation of aquatic systems.  ... 
doi:10.23818/limn.25.33 fatcat:4qjjk2cgovaobjogxt47iecthm

Ecological assessments with algae: a review and synthesis

Jan Stevenson, L. Graham
2014 Journal of Phycology  
Algae have been used for a century in environmental assessments of water bodies and are now used in countries around the world.  ...  This review synthesizes recent advances in the field around a framework for environmental assessment and management that can guide design of assessments, applications of phycology in assessments, and refinements  ...  These taxonomic metrics of ecosystem function could be improved by more rigorous modeling of their relationships with measures of ecological functions, but they now serve as a good starting point for characterizing  ... 
doi:10.1111/jpy.12189 pmid:26988318 fatcat:znqb77mzkbbgtfyguzga5qavs4

Quantified biotic and abiotic responses to multiple stress in freshwater, marine and ground waters

Peeter Nõges, Christine Argillier, Ángel Borja, Joxe Mikel Garmendia, Jenică Hanganu, Vit Kodeš, Florian Pletterbauer, Alban Sagouis, Sebastian Birk
2016 Science of the Total Environment  
Across all aquatic environments, the explanatory power of stress-effect models for fish increased when multi-stressor conditions were taken into account in the analysis, qualifying this organism group  ...  Nutrient stress was involved in 71% to 98% of multi-stress situations in the three surface aquatic environments, and in 42% of those in groundwaters.  ...  Acknowledgements This paper is a result of the project MARS (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress) funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme, Theme  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.045 pmid:26116411 fatcat:3od3bgbebjfjdlhwsjoodrety4

Bioassessment of water quality of surface waters using diatom metrics

2021 Turkish Journal of Botany  
The challenge here is how to define criteria for classes of water bodies in a biologically meaningful way.  ...  To analyze the complex response of diatom communities to environmental gradients and assess the quality of the ecosystem, multivariate statistical approaches are needed.  ...  WFD's main goal is to prevent, protect, and improve the ecological state of aquatic ecosystems.  ... 
doi:10.3906/bot-2101-16 fatcat:ll3w72oapbfnzddhf6r6u2ynty

Considerations for the development of a terrestrial index of ecological integrity

James K Andreasen, Robert V O'Neill, Reed Noss, Nicholas C Slosser
2001 Ecological Indicators  
A terrestrial index of ecological integrity would be a useful tool for ecosystem managers and decision makers.  ...  Multiple levels of information are needed to make effective decisions and the ideal indicators for measuring ecosystem integrity will incorporate information from multiple dimensions of the ecosystem.  ...  In a monitoring and assessment context, the TIEI would be expected to represent a state-of-the-art understanding of how ecological systems function.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s1470-160x(01)00007-3 fatcat:zyhjuxui2rgrpbmp4ykrttwhzu

A Metacommunity Approach to Improve Biological Assessments in Highly Dynamic Freshwater Ecosystems

2020 BioScience  
We produce a methodological framework integrating physical- and organismal-based dispersal measurements into predictive modeling, to inform development of dynamic ecological quality assessments.  ...  Using intermittent rivers-prevalent and highly dynamic ecosystems that sometimes dry-we develop a conceptual model to illustrate how dispersal limitation and flow intermittence influence the performance  ...  We acknowledge the work from COST (the European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CA15113 (Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams, www.smires.eu), and from the  ... 
doi:10.1093/biosci/biaa033 pmid:32440024 pmcid:PMC7231578 fatcat:3zip5lmkdfhyhb7b2kpw67ah4u

The European Water Framework Directive at the age of 10: A critical review of the achievements with recommendations for the future

Daniel Hering, Angel Borja, Jacob Carstensen, Laurence Carvalho, Mike Elliott, Christian K. Feld, Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Richard K. Johnson, Jannicke Moe, Didier Pont
2010 Science of the Total Environment  
has been a transparent process and has resulted in 42 improved and more standardised tools for assessing water bodies across Europe.  ...  We particularly address 37 three fields: (i) the development of assessment methods (including reference conditions, 38 typologies and intercalibration); (ii) the implementation of assessment systems in  ...  "common types" used for intercalibration -Improved typology for some of the "Geographical Intercalibration Groups" -Improved prediction models to overcome general problems of typologies -Improve site-specific  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.05.031 pmid:20557924 fatcat:sra6fbhksrd65kwofakgcfpgia

Aligning the Freshwater Health Index Indicator System against the Transboundary Water Governance Framework of Southeast Asia's Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong River Basin

Xiaofeng Liu, Nicholas J. Souter, Raymond Yu Wang, Derek Vollmer
2019 Water  
Comparing the 3S FHI assessment results to the water governance framework provided a case for delivering environmental flows and headwater reforestation, and improving biodiversity protection and fish  ...  The Governance and Stakeholders indicators, which assess aspects of the governance system, were highly relevant.  ...  Acknowledgments: The first author acknowledges the support of the China Scholarship Council. Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.  ... 
doi:10.3390/w11112307 fatcat:krhvnuffm5bujpjjsbwpfwybym
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