Further to our letter of 17 July 2002, I am writing to inform you of the detailed plans for the annual updating of data obtained through EUROWATERNET, and the subsequent inclusion of data and information on your national rivers, lakes (reservoirs) and groundwaters into WATERBASE. This is the second formal EUROWATERNET data flow and will run from now until 31 December 2002.
Scope of the data collection
The data sets to be collected through this exercise have been selected on the basis of the following criteria:
Information on the requirements is provided in the document: Guidance on Updating of Priority Data Flows through EUROWATERNET and the Population of WATERBASE. Technical detail is provided on the parameters required by water body type, the temporal coverage, the type of data and statistics to be reported, the units of measurement, and also the method of data provision. Excel templates are also provided which summarise the data exchange formats. All background material is available in the EIONET Interest Group on Water. The 2002 EUROWATERNET technical guidelines take into account the considerable experience gained from countries, and the requirements of the Water Framework Directive.
Delivery of data
Data files should be uploaded either to the Central Data Repository at EEA or to your national EIONET server, depending on the choice of your country for delivering EIONET priority data.
Validation of ealier data submissions
You are invited to download, examine and validate your national data. Files of each country's data are available in the EIONET Data Service, along with files of queries and missing data relating to rivers. It would be very helpful if you could respond to these questions and fill in as many gaps as possible during this validation period.
For more detailed information on how to access the data files and related questions, please see the Guidance document.
In case of any difficulties with accessing documents on CIRCLE or downloading data files from the EIONET Data Service: Please contact Hermann Peifer at EEA.
Other data collection activities in EUROWATERNET
The technical guidelines accompanying this 2002 EUROWATERNET data request focus on freshwaters only. They also include a note of EUROWATERNET - Quantity, which is in its test phase, and an invitation for any countries with an interest in water resources to volunteer to pilot the implementation of this data flow. Separate guidelines are currently being finalised for the implementation of the first EUROWATERNET data flow for transitional, coastal and marine waters. This data request will be made separately, in due course.
We hope that this information and the accompanying technical guidelines and templates will be useful for you in organising a programme of work with your NRCs during the October to December 2002 period.
With kind regards
Acting Programme Manager
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