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General information

dataset entry ID:
BF15
name of the dataset:
full name of the dataset:
EFI+ 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:
The EFI+ database was derived within the EU-project "Improvement and Spatial extension of the European Fish Index (EFI+)". EFI+, an EU FP6 research project from 2007-2009 was designed to gain new knowledge and to further develop and improve new biological assessment methods to meet needs of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The output of the project was a methodological approach to assess the ecological status of rivers in accordance with the WFD. Therefore the EFI+ project represents a direct and important contribution to the Water Framework Directive in further development and implementation of harmonised fish-based assessment tools and methodology that can be used as a standard method in EU Member States, as well as Candidate countries.

The overall objective of EFI+ was to overcome existing limitations of the European Fish Index (EFI) by developing a new, more accurate and pan-European fish index. The related database covers 15 European countries and contains 14 221 fish sampling sites.

science keywords according to GCMD:
topic:
Biosphere, Biological Classification, Human Dimensions, Land Surface, Terrestrial Hydrosphere
keywords:
fish, rivers, pressure, human impact, ecological status, assessment
ISO topic category according to ISO 19115:
Biota, Environment, Inland Waters

Technical and administrative specifications

data format:
Access
operating system:
all operating systems
English
current access level:
restricted access
currently available through GBIF:
no
exchange planned:
no
data in data repository:
no
Do you plan to publish the data on the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal:
yes
media for data delivery:
online FTP, e-mail
http://efi-plus.boku.ac.at/index.htm
comments:
An approved sub-set of the data are published as presence data in the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal.
Another approved list of selected sampling sites with EFI+ scores and pressure information is available via the EFI+ website.
update level:
completed
type:
manual, others/specify
language:
English
others/details:
deliverables of the EU project
contact details:
metadata contact person:

first, last name:
Rafaela
 
Schinegger
phone:
+43 1 4765481223
email:
rafaela.schinegger@boku.ac.at
institution:
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management
address:
Max Emanuel-Strasse 17
postal code, city:
1180
 
Vienna
Vienna
country
Austria
http://www.wau.boku.ac.at/en/ihg/
technical contact person:

Andreas
 
Melcher
+43 1 4765481223
andreas.melcher@boku.ac.at
scientific contact person:

first, last name:
Stefan
 
Schmutz
phone:
+43 1 4765481200
email:
stefan.schmutz@boku.ac.at
comments:
Acknowledgements are going to Florian Pletterbauer who integrated the EFI+ metadata into the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal and made data-requests with EFI+ partners about publishing absence/presence data of species.

Intellectual property rights and citation

dataset creator (data compiler):
contact name:
EFI+ Consortium
contact email:
stefan.schmutz@boku.ac.at
contact institution:
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
data contributors to/owners of this dataset:
multiple
number:
22
data contributor/owner 1
contact name:
Andreas Melcher
contact email:
andreas.melcher@boku.ac.at
contact institute:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 2
contact name:
Uwe Braemick
contact email:
uwe.braemick@ifb-potsdam.de
contact institute:
Institut für Binnenfischerei e.V.
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 3
contact name:
Teppo Vehanen
contact email:
teppo.vehanen@rktl.fi
contact institute:
Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 4
contact name:
Samuel Dembski
contact email:
samuel.dembski@onema.fr
contact institute:
ONEMA
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 5
contact name:
Giuseppe Maio
contact email:
maio@aquaprogram.it
contact institute:
Aquaprogram.s.r.l.
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 6
contact name:
Giuseppe Maio
contact email:
maio@aquaprogram.it
contact institute:
Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 7
contact name:
Giuseppe Maio
contact email:
maio@aquaprogram.it
contact institute:
Provincia di Venezia
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 8
contact name:
Giuseppe Maio
contact email:
maio@aquaprogram.it
contact institute:
Provincia di Verona
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 9
contact name:
Giuseppe Maio
contact email:
maio@aquaprogram.it
contact institute:
Provincia di Vicenza
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 10
contact name:
Tanja Berg
contact email:
HFNaturschutzdaten@forst.hessen.de
contact institute:
Hessen-Forst FENA
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 11
contact name:
Diego Garcia de Jalon
contact email:
diego.gjalon@upm.es
contact institute:
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 12
contact name:
Bela Halasi-Kovacs
contact email:
halasi1@t-online.hu
contact institute:
Research Insitute for Fisheries Aquaculture and Irrigation
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 13
contact name:
Richard Noble
contact email:
r.a.noble@hull.ac.uk
contact institute:
Hull University
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 14
contact name:
Ian Cowx
contact email:
I.G.Cowx@hull.ac.uk
contact institute:
Hull University
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 15
contact name:
Karina Battes
contact email:
kbattes@yahoo.com
contact institute:
Bacau University
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 16
contact name:
Teresa Ferreira
contact email:
terferreira@isa.utl.pt
contact institute:
Instituto Superior de Agronomia
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 17
contact name:
Armin Peter
contact email:
armin.peter@eawag.ch
contact institute:
eawag
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 18
contact name:
Tom Buijse
contact email:
tom.buijse@deltares.nl
contact institute:
Deltares
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 19
contact name:
Graeme Peirson
contact email:
graeme.peirson@environment-agency.gov.uk
contact institute:
Environment Agency UK
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

other/additional criteria:
Acknowledge the source of the information by including the following attribution statement: "Contains Environment Agency information of Environment Agency and database rights."
data contributor/owner 20
contact name:
Tomas Virbickas
contact email:
tvirbickas@takas.lt
contact institute:
Nature Research Centre
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

data contributor/owner 21
contact name:
Piotr Debowski
contact email:
pdebow@infish.com.pl
contact institute:
Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

comments:
Polish fish data were delivered to the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal through a BioFresh contingency fund project compiled by J. Kotusz (dataset "BF_CF8").
data contributor/owner 22
contact name:
Patrick Bohman
contact email:
patrik.bohman@slu.se
contact institute:
Institute of Freshwater Research- Swedish Board of Fisheries
criteria for using this part of the dataset:
The dataset needs to be requested from dataset creator with specific conditions of use.

comments:
Data belongs to the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management which did not give any response to the data approval.
citation of this dataset:
author(s):
EFI+ Consortium
title:
Central database EFI+. Improvement and spatial extension of the European Fish Index. http://efi-plus.boku.ac.at/
year:
2009
citation of the metadata:
author(s):
Schinegger R., Pletterbauer F., Melcher A. & Schmutz S.
title and journal (name, number, pages):
Metadata describing the European Fish Index Plus (EFI+) database. Freshwater Metadata Journal 0: 0-0
year:
0000
doi (if applicable):
https://doi.org/10.15504/fmj.0000.0

reference 1:
author(s):
Logez, M. & Pont, D.
title:
Development of metrics based on fish body size and species traits to assess European coldwater streams. Ecological Indicators 11(5), 1204-1215.
year:
2011
doi:
10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.12.023
reference 2:
author(s):
Logez, M. & Pont, D.
title:
Global warming and potential shift in reference conditions: the case of functional fish-based metrics. Hydrobiologia 704, 417-436.
year:
2012
doi:
10.1007/s10750-012-1250-6
reference 3:
author(s):
Logez, M., Bady, P. & Pont, D.
title:
Modelling the habitat requirement of riverine fish species at the European scale: sensitivity to temperature and precipitation and associated uncertainty. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 21(2), 266-282.
year:
2012
doi:
10.1111/j.1600-0633.2011.00545.x
reference 4:
author(s):
Logez, M., Bady, P., Melcher, A. & Pont, D.
title:
A continental-scale analysis of fish assemblage functional structure in European rivers. Ecography 36(1), 80-91.
year:
2013
doi:
10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.07447.x
reference 5:
author(s):
Segurado, P., Santos, J. M., Pont, D., Melcher, A. H., Jalon, D. G., Hughes, R. M. & Ferreira, M. T.
title:
Estimating species tolerance to human perturbation: Expert judgment versus empirical approaches. Ecological Indicators 11(6), 1623-1635.
year:
2011
doi:
10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.04.006
reference 6:
author(s):
Schinegger, R., Trautwein, C., Melcher, A. & Schmutz, S.
title:
Multiple human pressures and their spatial patterns in European running waters. Water and Environment Journal 26(2), 261-273.
year:
2012
doi:
10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00285.x
reference 7:
author(s):
Schinegger, R., Trautwein, C., & Schmutz, S.
title:
Pressure-specific and multiple pressure response of fish assemblages in European running waters. Limnologica 43(5), 348-361.
year:
2013
doi:
10.1016/j.limno.2013.05.008
reference 8:
author(s):
Trautwein, C., Schinegger, R., & Schmutz, S.
title:
Divergent reaction of fish metrics to human pressures in fish assemblage types in Europe. Hydrobiologia 718(1), 207-220.
year:
2013
doi:
10.1007/s10750-013-1616-4
reference 9:
author(s):
Pletterbauer F., Melcher A.H., Ferreira T., & Schmutz S.
title:
Impact of climate change on the structure of fish assemblages in European rivers. Hydrobiologia, 744, 235-254.
year:
2015
doi:
10.1007/s10750-014-2079-y
comments:
IHG/BOKU was lead partner of the EFI+-project. Due to the complicated structure of intellectual property rights (data was not sampled during the project but gathered through national institutions) BOKU performed a data approval call among all former project partners to approve data to be published through the Freshwater Biodiversity Data Portal (BioFresh). In this list of database providers only those are mentioned who approved data for the BioFresh data portal.

General data specifications

regional coverage of the dataset:
scale of the dataset:
continental
continents:
Europe
southernmost latitude [°]:
-6,277242
northernmost latitude [°]:
69,248759
westernmost longitude [°]:
-9,2441597
easternmost longitude [°]:
42,045440
        
minimum altitude:
-4
 
metres
maximum altitude:
2183
 
metres
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Group C: temperate/mesothermal climates
Group H: alpine climates
 
Europe:
Cantabric Coast - Languedoc, Central & Western Europe, Dniester - Lower Danube, Eastern Iberia, Gulf of Venice Drainages, Italian Peninsula & Islands, Northern Baltic Drainages, Northern British Isles, Southern Baltic Lowlands, Southern Iberia, Upper Danube, Western Iberia
Iberic-Macaronesian Region (ER1), Pyrenees (ER2), Italy, Corsica and Malta (ER3), Alps (ER4), Western Highlands (ER8), Central Highlands (ER9), The Carpathians (ER10), Hungarian Lowlands (ER11), Pontic Province (ER12), Western Plains (ER13), Central Plains (ER14), Baltic Province (ER15), Eastern Plains (ER16), Great Britain (ER18), Fenno-Scandian Shield (ER22)
ecosystem type:
rivers
1955
 
year to:
2007

Site specifications

coordinate system/grid data:
latitude/longitude, format: DD
datum (e.g. WGS84):
WGS84
grid data available:
no
rivers (classification according to WFD):
altitude typology:
 high: >800 m, mid-altitude: 200 to 800 m, lowland: <200 m
 exact altitudinal data available: yes
size typology based on catchment area:
 small: <100 km², medium: 100-1000 km², large: 1000-10000 km², very large: 10000-100000 km²
 exact catchment size data available: yes
geology:
 calcareous, siliceous, organic
 exact geological data available: no
site coding available:
yes
alphanumerical
example:
CH_000596
number of sites:
>1000
14221

Climate and environmental data

climate related data:
available per:
per site
spatial resolution of the data (if not catchment/site related):
1 km
available parameters:
mean annual temperature January, July
data source:
worldclim.org
available parameters:
mean annual temperature for each month
data source:
worldclim.org
available parameters:
mean annual precipitation
data source:
worldclim.org
environmental data:
available parameters per catchment:
catchment size
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per catchment:
catchment geology
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per catchment:
catchment land cover/land use
data source:
CORINE2000
available parameters per catchment:
population density
data source:
European Environment Agency
available parameters per catchment:
presence of barriers/dams/reservoirs (fragmentation)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per catchment:
hydrological regime/flow regime
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
catchment land use upstream of sampling site
data source:
CORINE2000
available parameters per site:
information on riparian vegetation (incl. information on modification)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
information on embankment (incl. information on modification)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
information on channel form (incl. information on modification)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
information on cross section (incl. information on modification)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
information on water uses (e.g., irrigation, fish ponds)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
distance to next migration barrier upstream
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
distance to next migration barrier downstream
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
distance to source
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per site:
distance to mouth
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per site:
stream order (according to Strahler)
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per site:
slope
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per site:
altitude
data source:
CCM river network
available parameters per site:
hydrological regime/flow regime
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
wetted width
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
substrate composition
data source:
expert judgement, national data
available parameters per site:
information on instream habitat (incl. information on modification)
data source:
expert judgement, national data
physico-chemistry data:
conductivity, substrate
other physico-chemical parameters:
Categorical information about:
- Toxic priority substances (organic and nutrient appearance): 3 classes
- National water quality index: 5 classes
- Eutrophication: no, low, intermediate (occurance of green algae), extreme (oxygen depletion, increase of primary production)
- Organic pollution: 3 classes
- Organic siltation: yes/no
availability of physico-chemical data, if there is more than one sample per site:
per sample
reference sites available:
yes
available stressor types:
stressorrestored sites availabledata before/after restoration availablestressor gradient availablecomments
eutrophication
no
no
yes
 
hydromorphological degradation
no
no
yes
 
acidification
no
no
yes
 
organic pollution
no
no
yes
 
toxic stress
no
no
yes
 
general degradation
no
no
yes
 
hydrologic stress (e.g. impoundment, flow velocity reduction, hydropeaking, water abstraction, flow velocity increase)
no
no
yes
 

Biological data

biological data origin:
general compilation; specify method:
data provided by partner institutions
organism group addressed:
fish

Sample specifications/sample resolution

fish

sample information:
covered timeframe:

year from - to:
1955 - 2007
historical data:
no
palaeo data:
no
season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter
temporal resolution/frequency of sampling:
Single sampling, partially yearly data
time series data:
no
taxonomic resolution:
family, genus, species
percentage of species level data:
100
taxonomic coding:
taxalist according to:
FishBase
Froese, R. & Pauly. D. (editors), 2016. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org.
sample specifications:
quantitative (abundance data)
yes
164947
electro fishing
CEN
composite samples

Other specifications

GIS layers, shapes related to the dataset:
species distribution
catchments, river-sub-basins
land use
dams/reservoirs/barriers
environmental variables (freshwater or terrestrial)
climatic variables (current and predictions)
no
no
quality control procedures:
Were any quality control procedures applied to your dataset?
yes
Data mining and data screening within WP 2 of EFI+
http://efi-plus.boku.ac.at/downloads/EFI+%200044096%20Deliverable%20D2_1-2_2.pdf


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