A comparison of several biotic indices used for water quality assessment at the Greek rivers

TitleA comparison of several biotic indices used for water quality assessment at the Greek rivers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsKantzaris, V, Iliopoulou-Georgudaki J, Katharios P, Kaspiris P
JournalFresenius Environmental Bulletin
Volume11
Issue11
Pages1000 - 1007
KeywordsBiotic indices, Freshwater quality, Macroinvertebrates
Abstract

Nine biotic indices and benthic macroinvertebrates scores used for the assessment of water quality over a period of one year at the rivers Kalamas and Alfeios (Greece) were compared. The results of the biotic indexes were combined with the measurements of physicochemical parameters, in order to assess the water quality and to find the most applicable index for assessing Greek rivers. The indexes BBI and IBE were found to be more suitable. However, the need for the establishment of a Greek Biotic Index for assessment of the rivers in the Greek region is marked out.

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