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Metadatabase view - dataset: AQEM/STAR invertebrate database

General information

dataset entry ID:
BF11
name of the dataset:
full name of the dataset:
AQEM/STAR invertebrate database
type of dataset (more information):
species (taxonomic group) per site database including environmental information
data type:
point data/observation data
short description of the dataset/summary:
This database contains the macro-invertebrate data that were collected during the AQEM and STAR projects. Samples were taken in 14 European countries using the multi-habitat-sampling (MHS) method as well as the RIVPACS methodology for selected sites. Taxa were identified to the most precise achievable level. Additionally the database contains information on hydromorphology and environmental parameters. The latter include stressor gradients along which the samples were taken. Supplementary fish, macrophyte and diatom data from the STAR project are separately available and can be linked to the invertebrate database. The AQEM and STAR projects were funded by the EU 5th Framework Programme (FP5).
science keywords according to GCMD:
topic:
Biosphere, Biological Classification, Terrestrial Hydrosphere
ISO topic category according to ISO 19115:
Biota, Inland Waters

Technical and administrative specifications

data format:
Access
others/details:
Access 97/2000
operating system:
Win XP
others/details:
all Windows systems possible
English
current access level:
restricted access, internal
www.eu-star.at
currently available through GBIF:
no
exchange planned:
no
Do you plan to publish the data on the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal:
yes
media for data delivery:
online internet (HTTP), e-mail
www.eu-star.at
fees:
free
comments:
Access currently for STAR/AQEM consortium only; please contact the responsible persons for other options.
Different extracts of the database are available as Excel files: abiotic data, adjusted taxalists, combinations of river types per ecoregion, shape files for sample points, etc. Data can be sent by mail or downloaded from eu-star.at after access granted.
update level:
completed
type:
internal description
language:
German
contact details:
metadata contact person:

first, last name:
Astrid
 
Schmidt-Kloiber
phone:
0043-1-47654-5225
email:
astrid.schmidt-kloiber@boku.ac.at
institution:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences
address:
Max Emanuel Straße 17
postal code, city:
1180
 
Vienna
country
Austria
http://www.wau.boku.ac.at/en/ihg
technical contact person:

Joerg
 
Strackbein
0049-201-183-4993
joerg.strackbein@uni-due.de
institution:
University of Duisburg-Essen
address:
Universitätsstrasse 5
postal code, city:
45141 Essen
country:
Germany
web address:
https://www.uni-due.de/aquatic_ecology
scientific contact person:

first, last name:
Daniel
 
Hering
email:
daniel.hering@uni-due.de
institution:
University of Duisburg-Essen
address:
Universitätsstrasse 5
postal code, city:
45141 Essen
country:
Germany
web address:
https://www.uni-due.de/aquatic_ecology

Intellectual property rights and citation

not published yet
dataset creator (data compiler):
contact name:
AQEM and STAR project partners and the EU
contact email:
joerg.strackbein@uni-due.de
contact institution:
University of Duisburg-Essen
data contributors to/owners of this dataset:
single
criteria for using this dataset:
Other/Additional criteria
other/additional criteria:
Data provider must be informed of publication 45 days in advance and can object to the use of the dataset within 30 days. Data must be publicly acknowledged and cited correctly.
citation of this dataset:
author(s):
AQEM and STAR consortia
title:
AQEM and STAR macro-invertebrate database.
year:
2005
citation of the metadata:
author(s):
Schmidt-Kloiber A., Strackbein J., Vogl R., Furse M.T. & Hering D.
title and journal (name, number, pages):
Description of the AQEM/STAR invertebrate database
year:
2014
doi (if applicable):
https://doi.org/10.15504/fmj.2014.2

reference 1:
author(s):
Hering, D., Moog, O., Sandin, L. & Verdonschot, P.F.M.
title:
Overview and application of the AQEM assessment system. Hydrobiologia 516, 1-20.
year:
2004
reference 2:
author(s):
Furse, M.T., Hering, D., Moog, O., Verdonschot, P.F.M., Sandin, L., Brabec, K., Gritzalis, K., Buffagni, A., Pinto, P., Friberg, N., Murray-Bligh, J., Kokes, J., Alber, R., Usseglio-Polatera, P., Haase, P., Sweeting, R., Bis, B., Szoszkiewicz, K., Soszka, H., Springe, G., Sporka, F. & Krno, I.
title:
The STAR project: context, objectives and approaches. Hydrobiologia 566, 3-29.
year:
2006
comments:
The database was collated and is owned by AQEM and STAR project partners and the EU (in total 22 partners).

General data specifications

regional coverage of the dataset:
scale of the dataset:
continental
continents:
Europe
southernmost latitude [°]:
35
northernmost latitude [°]:
60
westernmost longitude [°]:
-8
easternmost longitude [°]:
26
        
minimum altitude:
1
 
metres
maximum altitude:
1820
 
metres
Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom
Iberic-Macaronesian Region (ER1), Italy, Corsica and Malta (ER3), Alps (ER4), Hellenic Western Balkan (ER6), Eastern Balkan (ER7), Western Highlands (ER8), Central Highlands (ER9), The Carpathians (ER10), Central Plains (ER14), Baltic Province (ER15), Eastern Plains (ER16), Great Britain (ER18), Fenno-Scandian Shield (ER22)
ecosystem type:
rivers
2000
 
year to:
2004

Site specifications

coordinate system/grid data:
latitude/longitude, format: DMS
datum (e.g. WGS84):
different national systems
grid data available:
no
comments:
Converted UTM coordinates are available as extra Excel sheet.
rivers (classification according to WFD):
altitude typology:
 mid-altitude: 200 to 800 m, lowland: <200 m
 exact altitudinal data available: yes
size typology based on catchment area:
 medium: 100-1000 km², large: 1000-10000 km²
 exact catchment size data available: yes
geology:
 calcareous, siliceous
 exact geological data available: no
site coding available:
yes
alphanumerical
number of digits:
8
example:
S0100571
number of sites:
100 - 1000
785
comments:
Coordinates: decimal and deg-min-sec values.
Number of waterbodies was not documented.
Geology for several sites not surveyed.

Climate and environmental data

climate related data:
available per:
per site
available parameters:
mean discharge
data source:
depends on country
environmental data:
available parameters per catchment:
catchment size
data source:
GIS
available parameters per catchment:
catchment geology
data source:
GIS/field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per catchment:
presence of barriers/dams/reservoirs (fragmentation)
data source:
GIS/field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
catchment land use upstream of sampling site
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
information on riparian vegetation (incl. information on modification)
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
information on embankment (incl. information on modification)
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
information on channel form (incl. information on modification)
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
information on cross section (incl. information on modification)
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
information on water uses (e.g., irrigation, fish ponds)
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
distance to next migration barrier upstream
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
distance to next migration barrier downstream
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
river length
data source:
GIS
available parameters per site:
distance to source
data source:
GIS
available parameters per site:
stream order (according to Strahler)
data source:
GIS, other
available parameters per site:
slope
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
altitude
data source:
GIS, field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
discharge
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
current velocity
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
maximum depth
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
mean depth
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
available parameters per site:
substrate composition
data source:
field survey (site protocol)
physico-chemistry data:
total P, ortho P, nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, hardness, alkalinity, oxygen content, BOD5 (biochemical oyxgen demand), pH, conductivity, chlorophyll, colour, substrate
reference sites available:
yes
available stressor types:
stressorrestored sites availabledata before/after restoration availablestressor gradient availablecomments
hydromorphological degradation
no
no
 
parameters of the STAR site protocol used for gradient classification
acidification
no
no
 
parameters of the STAR site protocol used for gradient classification
organic pollution
no
no
 
parameters of the STAR site protocol used for gradient classification
general degradation
no
no
 
parameters of the STAR site protocol used for gradient classification

Biological data

biological data origin:
from sampling; specify project:
AQEM and STAR , EU FP5 funded projects
organism group addressed:
macro-invertebrates (Mollusca, Crayfish, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Trichoptera, Chironomidae)
comments:
Fish data are stored in the EFI+ database, which is linked to this database. Macrophyte and diatom data are also available. Replicate samples are included.

Sample specifications/sample resolution

macro-invertebrates

sample information:
covered timeframe:

year from - to:
2000 - 2003
historical data:
no
palaeo data:
no
season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter
temporal resolution/frequency of sampling:
per season
time series data:
no
comments:
Identification to the most precise achievable level; identification level depends on the country and on the taxonomic group.
taxonomic resolution:
genus, species, other
other taxonomic levels:
higher than genus level 20%
percentage of species level data:
55
taxonomic coding:
taxalist according to:
AQEM/Star
Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Graf, W., Lorenz, A., Moog, O. (2006): The AQEM/STAR taxalist - a pan-European macro-invertebrate ecological database and taxa inventory. Hydrobiologia 566, 325-342.
ID_AQEM, DV, TCM, Perla, shortcode, Furse code
sample specifications:
quantitative (abundance data)
yes
260
Multi-Habitat-Sampling (MHS), RIVPACS sampling
Hering, D., Buffagni, A., Moog, O., Sandin, L., Sommerhäuser, M., Stubauer, I. Feld, C.K., Johnson, R., Skoulikidis, N., Verdonschot, P.F.M. & Zarádková, S. (2003): The development of a system to assess the ecological quality of streams based on macroinvertebrates - design of the sampling programme within the AQEM project. International Review of Hydrobiology 88, 345-361. Wright, J.F., Sutcliffe, D.W. & Furse, M.T. (eds) (2000): Assessing the biological quality of fresh waters: RIVPACS and other techniques, published by the Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside, ISBN 978-0900386-62-6.
composite samples
Number and location of the individual samples based on the proportional cover of substrates at the sampling site.

Other specifications

GIS layers, shapes related to the dataset:
no data available
yes
yes
quality control procedures:
Were any quality control procedures applied to your dataset?
yes
Complete invertebrate samples and difficult to identify specimens were sent between project partners and cross-checked, site protocol data were entered and quality checked, taxonomic adjustments were made, raw and adjusted taxa lists are available
comments:
General information: www.aqem.de and www.eu-star.at. The projects were funded under FP5, contract numbers and EVK1-CT1999-00027 and EVK1-CT 2001-00089.
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