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Groundwater monitoring in the context of EU legislation: reality and integration needs

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A wide range of environmental policies are based on the monitoring of chemical and/or biological parameters which are used to evaluate the environmental status of relevant compartments (e.g. water, soil, air) with the ultimate aim of making appropriate management decisions. The soundness of policy decisions is therefore directly related to the reliability of the environmental monitoring programmes. Monitoring reliability in turn is predominantly linked to scientific and technological progress. Hence a correct design, development and implementation process of environmental policies is, at least in part, dependent upon a proper integration of scientific and technological advances (in monitoring, but also for all kinds of permit procedures, remediation strategies etc.). This paper examines science-policy integration needs in support of groundwater environmental monitoring, with focus on on-going policy developments. The article aims to summarise key information on groundwater policy and EU scientific developments to raise awareness of the scientific community involved in this issue and to enhance communication among scientists and policy-makers.

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The article was first published on 11 Jan 2005

Article type: Focus
DOI: 10.1039/B413869B
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2005,7, 89-102
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    Groundwater monitoring in the context of EU legislation: reality and integration needs

    Ph. Quevauviller, J. Environ. Monit., 2005, 7, 89
    DOI: 10.1039/B413869B

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