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burmejoh Jul 20, 2011 12:59 PM
I downloaded the waterbase river, lakes, and groundwater data tables but am missing the cartography in order to project the data in ArcGIS.
Are there no shapefiles to download?
How would I be able to map the data otherwise?
Any help is much appreciated.. Thanks, Jo
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Gazy Jul 20, 2011 01:50 PM

I guess you downloaded the dataset from the data and service part of the EEA website.
You can use the discomap webservices to visualize the different data and use them to create maps.
But these are webservices. We do not allow downloading of the data directly from the webservies yet.
(NB the webservices for water are here http://discomap.eea.europa.eu/ArcGIS/rest/services/Water )
burmejoh Jul 22, 2011 10:55 AM

Thank you for the info!

I just explored the data on your webservices, a pretty neat job, very impressive!! Unfortunately I am however not able to work with it in the way I would like to...

Yes exactly, I went through the EEA website, Data and Maps -> Datasets -> Water -> Waterbase – (Lakes, Rivers, and Groundwater).
There I downloaded the databases:
and Waterbase_groundwater_v11_mdb.

For the purpose of including the data in an analytical study in ArcGIS I now had been looking to find:
1. A shape with the physical shape of the lakes, rivers, and groundwater bodies, and attributes of there names, ID codes etc.
2. A shape with the monitoring stations and there IDs in order to link the data I already downloaded to.

However, if this cartography is not available for free download, is there not maybe the chance to request it for a particular region?
I am just working on a project in Sicily/Italia concerned with the establishment of a biosphere reserve.

Any help would be much appreciated!!

Thanks, Jo
EEA Sep 29, 2011 02:40 PM
Dear Jo,
Sorry for our very late answer, but we had to contact several of our experts before getting back to you.
For information about Rivers and Lakes please visit http://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/wise-large-rivers-and-large-lakes

I am sorry to inform you that we do not have any layer on Groundwater, but you can find further information at the website of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources: http://www.bgr.bund.de/[…]/ihme1500_projektbeschr_en.html?nn=1548270 (European AQUIFERS). The information is momentarily available in paper format only, but a digital version will be available soon.
You might find it also useful to take a look at the Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas at: http://www.bgr.de/karten/igme5000/igme5000.htm (vectors are not available online, but they exist, so please contact the BGR directly).
Regarding your question about monitoring stations we recommend you to proceed as follows: The information on WaterBase regards only monitoring stations that can be placed on the map using the latitude and longitude fields (these fields are present in each of the MDBs, in a table called xxxx_v11_stations) and refer to WGS84.

About longitude and latitude fields in WISE-SoE data collection: wherever these fields are used, data definitions of the respective common element in the Data Dictionary (DD) apply. The definitions for longitude and latitude have not changed since October 2008, please see:

Longitude: http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/data_element.jsp?delem_id=43198
Latitude: http://dd.eionet.europa.eu/data_element.jsp?delem_id=43199

Unfortunately the information about 1) and 2) are not linked to each other. Monitoring stations do not provide a link to the water body they belong to. EEA is working on that, so feel free to contact us by middle of next year again.
burmejoh Oct 23, 2011 01:08 AM
Dear EEA-Team,

Thank you very much for this complete and useful information!!

I have been engaged with other work and had to relocate myself to Chile over the last days. That is why I was not able to keep up with all my e-mails. However, I already sent the information to my colleague in Sicily and he said it has been very useful to them!

I personally will be working with the data again in 2012 and as you mentioned there may already be updates available to the monitoring and water body data by that time. So if there are more questions I probably will be getting back to you!

A grateful thanks again for your response and keep up the good work!! The database on your website is a great tool for many of us!!

Best, Johannes