Monitoring of agriculture and forestry induced diffuse load in surface and ground water

Updated 2013-02-02

The aim is to observe long term effects of land use practices on waters. Monitoring concerns specific locations, where diffuse loads of nutrient or pollutants of agricultural and forestry origin poses a significant risk on water quality. Monitoring includes biological and physio-chemical elements. The program is part of monitoring according to the Water Framework Directive. It is coordinated by Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE).

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2007 -
Data collection
2007 -
Data processing
2007 -
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Kari-Matti Vuori
Finnish Environmental Institute.
Other project contacts
Sari Mitikka (Finnish Environmental Institute)

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Biological effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Algae (algae, phytoplankton)
Freshwater fish
Higher plants
Plankton (zooplankton)
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

-biological elements: phytoplankton, phytobenthos, macrophytes, zoobenthos, fish. -physio-chemistry: total nutrients, chemicals, pH.


Regions studied
Biological effects
Biological effects
Stations or areas where observations are made

50 lakes, 50 rivers and 39 coastal areas throughout the country.

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data stored by Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE).
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Pintavesien torjunta-aineseurannan tuloksia 2009 – 2011. [In Finnish.] [accessed 19.11.2012]
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

-biological elements: as in biological monitoring in lakes and rivers. -physio-chemistry: as in water quality monitoring.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment

Other related projects

Biological monitoring of lakes and rivers, Fresh water quality monitoring

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