Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

Mapping the quality of Europe's inland waters

Regular monitoring of lakes and rivers is essential for both good water quality and a healthy ecology. An EU-funded project has used satellite imagery to create high-resolution mapping services to help countries better manage their inland waters.

Water supplies are under threat from agriculture (e.g. fertiliser overuse), economic development (e.g. increased pressure on scarce resources) and climate change (e.g. drought). In Europe, the EU’s water framework directive sets out principles for the monitoring of inland and coastal waters with the aim of protecting and improving both their quality and ecological status.

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