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How Satellite Earth Observation Can Help With Monitoring For The Water Framework Directive

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  • cheap and automated monitoring for under-sampled lakes, combined with targeted sampling in case of unexpected changes
  • systems analysis, for which the spatial component is key
  • evaluation of the spatial effect of measures taken to improve water quality for the WFD as input for spatial ecological models
Satellite-based EO maps confirm that Saadjärv is usually a lake with low Chl a concentrations over the whole surface (example from June 18th 2020). Still, sometimes slightly elevated concentrations of Chl a can be detected in a spatial pattern (example from 28th August 2016).

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