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Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the CouncilShow full title

Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy

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1.2.Ecoregions and surface water body typesU.K.+E.U.

1.2.1.RiversU.K.+E.U.
System A
Fixed typologyDescriptors
EcoregionEcoregions shown on map A in Annex XI
Type

Altitude typology

high

:

> 800 m

mid-altitude

:

200 to 800 m

lowland

:

< 200 m

Size typology based on catchment area

small

:

10 to 100 km2

medium

:

> 100 to 1 000 km2

large

:

> 1 000 to 10 000 km2

very large

:

> 10 000 km2

Geology

  • calcareous

  • siliceous

  • organic

System B
Alternative characterisationPhysical and chemical factors that determine the characteristics of the river or part of the river and hence the biological population structure and composition
Obligatory factors

altitude

latitude

longitude

geology

size

Optional factors

distance from river source

energy of flow (function of flow and slope)

mean water width

mean water depth

mean water slope

form and shape of main river bed

river discharge (flow) category

valley shape

transport of solids

acid neutralising capacity

mean substratum composition

chloride

air temperature range

mean air temperature

precipitation

1.2.2.LakesU.K.+E.U.
System A
Fixed typologyDescriptors
EcoregionEcoregions shown on map A in Annex XI
Type

Altitude typology

high

:

> 800 m

mid-altitude

:

200 to 800 m

lowland

:

< 200 m

Depth typology based on mean depth

  • < 3 m

  • 3 to 15 m

  • > 15 m

Size typology based on surface area

  • 0,5 to 1 km2

  • 1 to 10 km2

  • 10 to 100 km2

  • > 100 km2

Geology

  • calcareous

  • siliceous

  • organic

System B
Alternative characterisationPhysical and chemical factors that determine the characteristics of the lake and hence the biological population structure and composition
Obligatory factors

altitude

latitude

longitude

depth

geology

size

Optional factors

mean water depth

lake shape

residence time

mean air temperature

air temperature range

mixing characteristics (e.g. monomictic, dimictic, polymictic)

acid neutralising capacity

background nutrient status

mean substratum composition

water level fluctuation

1.2.3.Transitional WatersU.K.+E.U.
System A
Fixed typologyDescriptors
Ecoregion

The following as identified on map B in Annex XI:

  • Baltic Sea

  • Barents Sea

  • Norwegian Sea

  • North Sea

  • North Atlantic Ocean

  • Mediterranean Sea

Type

Based on mean annual salinity

< 0,5 ‰

:

freshwater

0,5 to < 5 ‰

:

oligohaline

5 to < 18 ‰

:

mesohaline

18 to < 30 ‰

:

polyhaline

30 to < 40 ‰

:

euhaline

Based on mean tidal range

< 2 m

:

microtidal

2 to 4 m

:

mesotidal

> 4 m

:

macrotidal

System B
Alternative characterisationPhysical and chemical factors that determine the characteristics of the transitional water and hence the biological population structure and composition
Obligatory factors

latitude

longitude

tidal range

salinity

Optional factors

depth

current velocity

wave exposure

residence time

mean water temperature

mixing characteristics

turbidity

mean substratum composition

shape

water temperature range

1.2.4.Coastal WatersU.K.+E.U.
System A
Fixed typologyDescriptors
Ecoregion

The following as identified on map B in Annex XI:

  • Baltic Sea

  • Barents Sea

  • Norwegian Sea

  • North Sea

  • North Atlantic Ocean

  • Mediterranean Sea

Type

Based on mean annual salinity

< 0,5 ‰

:

freshwater

0,5 to < 5 ‰

:

oligohaline

5 to < 18 ‰

:

mesohaline

18 to < 30 ‰

:

polyhaline

30 to < 40 ‰

:

euhaline

Based on mean depth

shallow waters

:

< 30 m

intermediate

:

(30 to 200 m)

deep

:

> 200 m

System B
Alternative characterisationPhysical and chemical factors that determine the characteristics of the coastal water and hence the biological community structure and composition
Obligatory factors

latitude

longitude

tidal range

salinity

Optional factors

current velocity

wave exposure

mean water temperature

mixing characteristics

turbidity

retention time (of enclosed bays)

mean substratum composition

water temperature range

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