Research and analysis

Use of diatoms for evaluating ecological status in UK freshwaters

The development and testing of a diatom-based tool to fulfil UK obligations to include phytobenthos in the assessment of ecological status of freshwaters.

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Use of diatoms for evaluating ecological status in UK freshwaters

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Separate tools have been developed for lakes and rivers, although they share many features, including a conceptual underpinning, in common. The new tool is based on the Trophic Diatom Index (TDI), a metric already in use with UK statutory agencies to monitor eutrophication in rivers.

Published 1 April 1999