ETC/ICM data call: WISE-SoE data call 2019 - update

11th October 2019

To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Water emissions
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs Water quantity
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Water quality and ecological status
To: Eionet PCPs and NRCs for Marine, coastal and maritime

Cc: WISE SoE - Emissions (WISE-1) Reporters
Cc: WISE SoE – Biological data in rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters (WISE-2) Reporters NEW!
Cc: WISE SoE - Water Quantity (WISE-3) Reporters
Cc: WISE SoE - Water Quality (WISE-4) Reporters
Cc: WISE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) Reporters
Cc: WISE SoE Water Quality (WISE-6) Reporters NEW!

Cc: Eionet National Focal Points


Stéphane Isoard
Head of Group - Water and Marine
European Environment Agency


2019 WISE-SoE (Water Information for Europe – State of the Environment) data call


Dear Colleague,

Further to my letter of 17th July 2019 announcement letter, this is to update you on the 2019 WISE-SoE data call. Data are requested for:

  • Emissions to water (WISE-1)
  • Biological data in rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters (WISE-2)
  • Water quantity (WISE-3)
  • Water quality in freshwater (WISE-4)
  • Spatial data (WISE-5)
  • Water quality (WISE-6)

The call for spatial data (WISE-5) is open until October 31st 2019. The call for WISE-1, 3 and 4 will run from Monday 14th October 2019 until Friday 17th January 2020.
Unfortunately we have experienced some delays owing to technical developments, so WISE-2 and 6 will open on November 1st 2019 until 17th January, 2020.

We have been holding webinars to discuss the reporting with reporters. We hope the webinars were useful and we encourage participants to feedback on the webinars so we can improve our approach in future.

We should like to clarify some points arising from the discussions.

For WISE-1, we are trying to reduce the processing effort following data collection, particularly in relation to following up with countries. To this end, we ask that reporters report either “no” or “both” for E-PRTR data options, thereby not using the “yes” option (which leads to data comparability issues with the E-PRTR data reported under the E-PRTR dataflow). Note that the data model itself has not been changed this year. Please be aware that while the tables for Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges are available in the data model, we are not calling for these data this year.

For WISE-3, the data model and variables are the same as in the previous data call. We have increased the volume range to allow proper reporting of the data on water abstraction for hydropower. We recommend data to be reported at lowest spatial and temporal resolution available. To be aware that time series for monitoring data, reservoirs data and water abstraction are very helpful towards the assessment of water scarcity and resource efficiency.

WISE-4 is the existing water quality dataflow, which is in the process of being replaced by WISE-2 and WISE-6. No changes have been made to this dataflow this year.

For WISE-2, this year both WISE-2 and WISE-4 biological dataflows will be open for freshwater biology. Reporters can choose either dataflow to report biological data, but please do not duplicate reporting across the dataflows.

Biological data from WFD monitoring sites in transitional and coastal waters can only be reported through WISE-2. In this case, we kindly ask you to submit the longest time-series that you have available, as the collection of data is being re-started under a new model. Please note that the table ‘BiologyEQRClassificationProcedure’ is expected to be provided only in this data-call, and in later data-calls only if there are any updates.

For WISE-6 this year, both WISE-4 and WISE-6 water quality dataflows will be open. Reporters can choose either dataflow to report water quality data, but please do not duplicate reporting across the dataflows. We recommend reporters use WISE-6 if possible, both to take advantage of the improved quality control and feedback, and to assist in preparation of WISE-6 as the successor to WISE-4 in 2020.

WISE-6 is the new water quality dataflow. It has a similar structure to WISE-4 but also allows the reporting of concentrations in matrices such as biota and sediment. (The EEA
will continue to collect water quality data in coastal and marine waters from ICES and EMODnet Chemistry.)

Details on reporting for WISE-5 were included in my letter of 17th July. We thank countries who have already updated their spatial data, which should avoid problems with the other dataflows where automated quality control procedures check for the existence of site and water body identifiers.


Reporting process

Please contact your EIONET NFP if you require reporting permissions on a given dataflow, so that your user name is added to the authorised reporter list. Note that as a new dataflow, all reporters for WISE-6 will need to be authorised this year.

For further details about the call, please see the 2019 announcement letter.


Helpdesk and support

  • Contact WISE-SoE helpdesk for question related to the content, format or quality control of the WISE-1, WISE-2, WISE-3, WISE-4, WISE-5 or WISE-6 data:
  • In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties with Eionet services, please contact Eionet helpdesk:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to a successful data reporting exercise. Please note that the European datasets from this and previous submissions will be available on the EEA web site.

Best regards,

Stéphane Isoard
Head of Group - Water and Marine
European Environment Agency