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DEFRA Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) Archive

This project will provide a data archive for DEFRA’s Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) project. DTC examines aspects of three test catchments (the Eden [Cumbria], Hampshire Avon and Wensum [Norfolk]), in order to investigate innovative solutions to the long standing water quality problem of diffuse pollution. A major component of the DTC approach is intensive monitoring of the environment in order better to understand the origin and nature of stressors, a key issue in the UK’s successful compliance with the Water Framework Directive. The provision of a data archive provides a key extra element to the DTCs.

The project team, a small data archive consortium of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA), a leader in environmental data archiving, and CeRch at King’s College London, a major developer of processes for handling and using electronic data, will receive data gathered by three larger consortia (one for each of the three test catchments) and store it in a dedicated archive in such a way that it is secure for the long term and easily accessible by consortia members, the people living in the three catchments, decision and policy makers. Tools, using leading edge technologies, will be developed to enable interrogation of the data to be achieved in an enjoyable, clear and efficient way and will be as accessible as possible.  

Following the completion of the initial development and of the DTC projects, steps will be taken to ensure the long term viability of the data archive as a mechanism for storing and accessing valuable data on rivers catchments and water quality.

Project information

Staff at CeRch: Mark Hedges, Anna Jordanous, Richard Gartner

Lead institution: Freshwater Biological Association

Funded by: Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Start date: 31 January 2011

End date: 30 November 2014

Related projects: Freshwater Information Sharing Network (FISHNet), FISH.link

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