Establishing a water information system for Europe: constraints from spatial data heterogeneity
2007 (English)In: WATER AND ENVIRONMENT JOURNAL, Vol. 21, no 3, 200-2007 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Water information systems (WIS) are being developed for countries, international river basins and the European Union (EU), partly as a result of the requirements specified in the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The issue of whether and how these information systems should be integrated into the European Commission's water information system for Europe (WISE) is currently an open one. We present a discussion with regard to the challenges facing WISE development, with particular focus on the heterogeneity of spatial base data. In addition, an assessment of this heterogeneity is presented based on Swedish and English WFD reporting data, and on WISE-relevant small-scale European base datasets. Results show that WFD reporting data are based on incomparable methods and spatial analysis units, and that small-scale data are transborder heterogeneous. Interpretation and international comparison of WFD results as well as their combination into a common WISE may therefore be largely constrained by spatial data heterogeneity.
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2007. Vol. 21, no 3, 200-2007 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10478DiVA: diva2:176997