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Palaeolimnological investigation of English Lake SSSIs

Bennion, H; Rose, NL; Burgess, A; Yang, H; Bowers, J; (2005) Palaeolimnological investigation of English Lake SSSIs. (ECRC Research Reports 102 ). UCL Environmental Change Research Centre: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This is the final report to the Environment Agency and English Nature under an extension to project no.13063, ‘Lake Monitoring to support Environment Agency Water Framework Directive intercalibration exercise and classification tool development, and CCW Site Condition Assessment - Phase 2’, funded by the Environment Agency and English Nature. This project forms part of the UK strategy for the implementation of the European Council Water Framework Directive (WFD) which requires reference conditions to be determined for all water body types including lakes. The project is also expected to produce data of relevance to the Habitats Directive. This study aims to use palaeoecological techniques, principally diatom analysis, to describe reference conditions and assess ecological change for a set of lakes in Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in England. The project builds on existing palaeoecological work in the UK, in particular the ‘Identification of reference lakes and evaluation of palaeoecological approaches to define reference conditions for UK (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland) ecotypes, WFD08’ (Bennion, 2004), and aims to enhance the low resolution (core top and bottom) diatom analysis being carried out in the ongoing project ‘Development of a phytobenthos classification tool for lakes and lochs, DALES’. A further objective is to employ spheroidal carbonaceous particle analysis to estimate the time period represented by cores from selected key sites.

Type: Report
Title: Palaeolimnological investigation of English Lake SSSIs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centr...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112885
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