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Identifier WISE-SoE_Biology
Short name WISE SoE - Biology
Registration status Released
Reference URL
Name WISE SoE - Biology in Transitional and Coastal Waters (WISE-2)
Keywords Biology, Water, water quality
Short Description Biological data in transitional and coastal waters
Definition Biological data in transitional and coastal waters collected annually through the WISE-SoE reporting. The data are expected to be collected within monitoring programs defined under the Water Framework Directive and used in the classification of the ecological or potential status of transitional and coastal water bodies.
Methodology for obtaining data OVERVIEW:

Biological data as EQR values in transitional and coastal waters (as defined under the Water Framework Directive), is requested either at the monitoring site level (BiologyEQRData table) or at the water body level (BiologyEQRDataByWaterBody table). The BiologyEQRClassificationProcedure table provides information on the EQR values used as boundaries for the classification of the ecological status or ecological potential of the water bodies.

1. Coverage and reference period

The data should be derived from national monitoring programs defined under the Water Framework Directive regulation.

Submit data collected up to the end of the previous year (e.g. in 2017, submit data collected until the end of 2016).

2. Data content

Use the BiologyEQRData table to report the annual mean value of biological Ecological Quality Ratio (EQR) data in transitional and coastal monitoring sites, and the BiologyEQRDataByWaterBody to report them at the water body level. Report the class boundaries values using the BiologyEQRClassificationProcedure table.

3. Data publication

The data are primarily used to compile indicator factsheets, upon which EEA assessment reports are based. Collected data are also published in the Waterbase.

4. Spatial reference data

The data must be linked to monitoring sites reported under the WFD, therefore the WFD identifier must be used as the unique identifier.

During the quality control procedures of the data reported, the consistency of these identifiers will be checked against the spatial data reported under the WFD.

5. Reporting data at water body level

The aggregation process should consist of two phases: first, calculate the annual average value by monitoring site; then use the results to calculate the annual average value by water body. This approach is to ensure comparability of the data provided by the different countries.

6. Other recommendations

Please provide long time series without gaps and as complete a geographic coverage as possible.

7. Reporting format and delivery

Use the reporting templates (MS Excel or XML schemas) and these specifications when formatting and collating the data delivery. The templates can be downloaded from the data dictionary.

Data can be delivered in XML files or in MS Excel file format. Please do not use formulas in MS Excel files and do not rename the worksheets or column names. The file name can be renamed.

Delivery can be split into a multiple files if necessary. All the files must, however, be uploaded to the same envelope.

Upload the data files to the Central Data Repository at

A WISE-2 folder will be created by the EEA under your country’s collection.

If you have any questions about the format and content of the data request please contact the helpdesk, e-mail:
Planned updating frequency Annual
Version August 2019
Reporting obligation

Data model

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Dataset tables

Full name Short name
Annual biology EQR data by monitoring si ... BiologyEQRData
Annual biology EQR data by water body BiologyEQRDataByWaterBody
Classification procedure for ecological ... BiologyEQRClassificationProcedure