Linking the past to the present: the use of palaeoenvironmental data for establishing reference conditions for the Water Framework Directive

Ian D L Foster, Malcolm T Greenwood

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to review the type of palaeoenvironmental evidence that might be obtained in order to establish reference conditions for the Water Framework Directive. We evaluate the barriers to their effective establishment and, finally, we explore the potentially uncomfortable relationship that appears to exist between policy, management and science in effectively delivering improvements in European river conditions. We explore the potential value of several depositional environments for determining reference conditions in the context of the WFD but have deliberately omitted a detailed review of evidence available from river terraces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRiver Science: Research and Management for the 21st Century
EditorsDavid J Gilvear, Malcolm T Greenwood, Martin C Thoms Thomas, Paul J Wood
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley
Chapter4
Pages61-83
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-64350-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-99434-3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Catchment system
  • ecological reference conditions
  • fluvial landscape
  • lake sediment-based archives
  • alaeochannel sediments
  • palaeoenvironmental evidence
  • Water Framework Directive

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