Friday, 01 August 2008 Edited by: Beate Werner
PCPs and NRCs for Rivers and Lakes
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Groundwater
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Marine and Coastal Environment
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs Water Quantity and Use
Cc: Eionet National Focal Points
From: Beate Werner, EEA
The 2008 WISE SoE annual data request is the eighth formal water data collection in Eionet and will run from 1 August until Friday, 31 October 2008. It requests data for rivers, lakes, groundwater, marine and coastal environment. After last years process of implementing the EIONET-dataflow as a reporting under WISE and in alignment with the WFD-reporting we are now nearly back to normal procedures. Only for TCM data the station mapping has to be done this year on top of and before the regular reporting as well as for groundwater the water body mapping. Data for water quantity and emissions to water have already been requested during the test data flow earlier this year and are not included in this data request.
1. Mapping of TC stations: (This mapping is only relevant for EU member states.)
To relate the EEA reporting to the reporting done already and the WFD, we ask you to link your Eionet stations for transitional and coastal waters to the respective WFD stations as we did last year for rivers, lakes and groundwater stations. The mapping is based on the distance between WFD stations and Eionet stations. The mapping results have been compiled in one WFD-Eionet Mapping table for all countries. A note to mapping of WFD stations against Eionet stations gives guidance for your check and corrections to the mapping results. The note and excel table have been uploaded to the Eionet Water library on EEA CIRCA at:
You are kindly asked to check the mapping results and correct the station lists. Corrections and additions to the mapping lists (selection of representative SoE-stations) can be done directly into the Excel sheets. Please upload the corrected list of matching stations between EIONET-TC and the WFD into your national CDR folder.
During the Eionet workshop in November 2006, you had also indicated the number of new Eionet stations, which you were planning to nominate based on the WFD Article 8 delivery of stations (See meeting report, Annex 3). You are hereby asked to flag these new stations before uploading it to the CDR.
2. Reporting of 2007 monitoring results for all water categories, updated DD:
In order to facilitate the processing of your data, please only use the new data delivery templates as provided through the Data Dictionary. The Data Dictionary should be also used as technical guidlines for reporting. The Data Dictionary has been updated for the 2008 WISE SoE data request. A summary of the changes made is given for the Data Dictionary of each water category. The major changes are:
· Data Dictionary for Transitional, Coastal and Marine waters (http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/dataset.jsp?mode=view&ds_id=2622) has been slightly modified to take the requirements of the agreed reporting sheet on Nutrients for Transitional and Coastal waters into account.
· Data Dictionary for Groundwater (http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/dataset.jsp?mode=view&ds_id=2607) contains a new field for the WFD groundwater body code. We ask the EU member countries to report their groundwater data from now on by WFD groundwater body and to link the previous Eionet groundwater body to these WFD groundwater bodies if possible. We prefer to receive disaggregated data. If you report aggregated data, we need to know, if this change to the WFD delineation of groundwater bodies makes a complete resubmission of the previously reported datasets necessary.
· Data Dictionary for rivers (http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/dataset.jsp?mode=view&ds_id=2608) and lakes (http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/dataset.jsp?mode=view&ds_id=2621) has been updated to take account of comments from NRCs and comments from the West Balkan workshop in June 2008.
3. Unsolved validation questions to countries:
Validation questions (outliers, violations of internal logical rules for the data, errors/gaps in station information) on the data reported by you last year and in previous years, which have not been answered yet by you, are uploaded to Circa in country folders at (http://eea.eionet.europa.eu/Public/irc/eionet-circle/water/library?l=/wise_reporting_2008/validation_questions&vm=detailed&sb=Title )
Please check these validation questions for rivers, lakes, groundwater and TCM and update/resubmit your datasets where necessary together with the new data. You may report separately, if identified potential outliers are indeed correct values.
All data files should be uploaded either to the Central Data Repository (CDR) or to your national Eionet server, depending on the choice of your country for delivering Eionet priority data.
Automatic quality assurance (QA)
EEA is developing a set of automatic QA procedures for all water categories. The procedures will be embedded in the CDR and will automatically check uploaded files and produce a data quality feedback report to facilitate validation of the data. Since the automatic QA function will only be available by mid September, we ask you to wait with your upload until this date. You will receive a message from us, when the automatic QA procedures are available as well as more detailed user guidance.
Helpdesk service and support
· In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties with Eionet web services, please contact .
· In case of questions related to the content of the data requested, please contact the responsible person as specified in the updated Data Dictionary guidelines (see under Methodology)
· In case of questions related to the TC station mapping, please contact
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to another successful annual data flow.
Group Leader: Water and agriculture
European Environment Agency