Contract EVK1-1999-00087 - RECOVER:2010

Part of the 'Sustainable Management and Quality of Water'

Ecosystem Functioning

Directorate General Research

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RECOVER:2010 Co-ordinator Robert Ferrier

Information Rachel Helliwell


RECOVER:2010 is designed to assess the impact of current and future anthropogenic pressures on sensitive European freshwater ecosystems. Initially, it will evaluate the present extent of recovery of acidified freshwaters, and identify and quantify the dominant driving processes governing the timing and magnitude of recovery. Subsequently, the predictive capability of existing biogeochemical models such as MAGIC will be improved through enhanced process representation and the incorporation of linkages between hydrochemical changes and biological impacts. Pan-European application of the models to different ecosystem types, will evaluate the degree of compliance with respect to restoration of acidified waters by the year 2010, as specified under the Water Framework Directive. Similarly, agreed and proposed UN-ECE protocols on emissions control will be critically assessed, and economic costs and environmental benefits evaluated, with respect to the recovery of freshwaters. The project also aims to develop an end-user focus group linking research and policy, and so enhance the relevance of the project.



The Partnership  

Interactive Table

Macaulay Land Use Research Institute logo MLURI Macaulay Land Use Research Institute UK
CEH Logo CEH-Wallingford Centre for Ecology and Hydrology UK
BIOTEK Logo BITOK Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems Research, University of Bayreuth D
NIVA Logo NIVA Norwegian Institute for Water Research  NO
CNR Logo CNR III Istituto Italiano di Idrobiologia I
Czech Logo CGS Czech Geological Survey CZ
IIASA Logo IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis A
University of Virginia UVA University of Virginia USA 
IVL Logo IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute SE

Different regional ecotypes have been selected to represent the dominant acidified systems throughout Europe, i.e. those which are most geographically extensive and numerous. These include the UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany. Substantial site specific and regional data are available for these regions and an understanding of the mechanism of recovery in these systems allows for a Pan-European evaluation of recovery response. The degree of reversibility will be related to regional differences in catchment physico-chemical characteristics and regional differences in deposition reductions, both relative and absolute.

Summary of regional datasets 

Latest update on RECOVER:2010 Reports

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Last updated on the 22nd January 2003 by Dr Rachel C. Helliwell and Sheila Gibbs