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Data portals for substance-related environmental monitoring (overview)

Federal Environmental Specimen Bank
Category: Inland waters, coastal waters, terrestrial ecosystems
Sample types: biological samples, suspended matter in water, soil
In the database of the Federal Environmental Specimen Bank (UPB), the results of time series studies can be called up (output of the measurement data as tables, graphics or as files that can be further processed). Metals and persistent organic compounds (POPs) are examined in the routine program. Special retrospective investigations by the UPB have been carried out, for example, on contamination with perfluorinated compounds (e.g. PFOS), organotin compounds (e.g. TBT), musk fragrances or brominated flame retardants (e.g. HBCD). Background information on the UPB, the substances examined, the biological and abiotic samples as well as results and reports are also available in the UPB portal. Results from human biomonitoring are also available (Federal Environmental Specimen Bank - Human Samples). UNDINE information platform:
Category: Inland waters (currently Elbe, Oder, Rhine)
Sample types: water, suspended matter in water
For a supraregional view of the major rivers Elbe, Oder, Rhine, Danube (in progress) and Weser (in progress), the information platform "Undine" presents compact descriptions of historical extreme hydrological events (flood, low water), current water quality measurements as well as historical comparative values and refers to various sources of information. One focus of the observation is the representation of the water quality in extreme events ICPR data portal
: Inland Waters - Rhine
Sample types: water, suspended matter in water
Here the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (ICPR) provides number tables for the physico-chemical analyzes of the Rhine water and suspended solids. Results of the coordinated measurement programs (international and national) on the water quality of the Rhine and selected tributaries are shown in tables. With a download module, the individual data collected over many years can be used for your own evaluations. Data portal of the LANUV North Rhine-Westphalia
Category: Inland Waters NRW
Sample type: water
The State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV NRW) provides online monitoring data on water quality (e.g. data on metals, perfluorinated compounds and pesticides and biocides). Part of the data comes from alarm monitoring or from continuous measurements. Specialized information system of the FGG Elbe:
Category: Inland Waters - Elbe
Sample types: water, suspended matter in water, sediments, biota
The Specialized Information System (FIS) of the River Basin Community (FGG) Elbe offers the possibility of calling up and evaluating historical and current technical data that have been collected at important measuring stations in the Elbe catchment area as part of the national measuring programs. The output can also take place as a data file. NORMAN database EMPODAT
Category: Inland waters, coastal waters, terrestrial ecosystems
Sample types: water, suspended matter in water, soil, biological samples
The NORMAN network is an international association of institutions and research facilities that deal with investigations into the occurrence and effects of "emerging substances" - ie substances that are not (yet) adequately recorded in current monitoring. The EMPODAT database provides Europe-wide geo-referenced monitoring data with a focus on water monitoring (including sediments and biota). Registration is required to use the NORMAN databases (to confirm the terms of use). Authors: Dr. Martin Keller (BfG, Koblenz), Dr. Heinz Rüdel (Fraunhofer IME, Schmallenberg). The list is constantly being updated (please send notes and comments to Heinz Rüdel, Status: June 2013


Dr. Heinz Rüdel
Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology,
On the Aberg 1,
57392 Schmallenberg, Germany


Prof. Dr. Winfried Schröder, Vechta
Dr. K. Theo von der Trenck, Karlsruhe
Dr. Heinz Rüdel, Schmallenberg

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