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Offline nick

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« on: April 17, 2007, 23:45 PM »
Had this very interesting mail. Any ideas? My answer below:

Estimado Señor LLoyd,
actualmente se prepara un banco de datos para la hidrología y morfología de lagos europeos en el Instituto de Limnología de la Universidad de Constanza (Alemania) lo que debe facilitar informaciones/datos para objetos científicos y objetivos de la protección de las aguas/lagos/ zonas húmedas. En este banco de datos las informaciones fundamentales para cada uno de los lagos naturales con una superficie mínima de 0,5 km2 son archivados: (el nombre del lago, la posición geográfica, la altitud, el distrito administrativo, entre otras cosas); informaciones morfométricas (la extensión de la superficie, la profundidad máxima y media, el volumen del agua); y informaciones hidrológicas (los tributarios, la proporción del recambio del agua, las fluctuaciones del nivel del agua).
A este respecto le quiero preguntar si hay una lista para Epaña (penínsular y las islas) de los lagos naturales/zonas húmedas con una superficie mínima de 0,5 km2 (o sea lagos que son fichados por la Directiva Europea Marco del Agua). Además me interesaría si hay informaciones/datos morfométricos y hidrológicos disponibles y de donde se puede recibirlos. Si Usted dispone de tales datos, apreciaría el aviso.
En caso de que Usted no sea el contacto responsable ó no represente el organismo competente, sería muy agradecido por pasarme el nombre y el e-mail de la persona responsable a contactar

Dear Wolfgang,
I'm very sorry but I don't know of any such list. In fact I was looking for something similar when preparing my page, http://www.iberianature.com/material/Lakes_Wetlands_Spain.html so if you do come across somthing, as a geogrpaher I'd be very interested.
When you do prepare the list for Spain, bear in mind that many bodies of water fluctuate dramatically (eg Gallocanta) or even dry out, particularly the inland saline lagoons. As a matter of interest what is the correct technical way of measuring such a fluctuating body of water?
All the best
PS Although it does not have a list as such I can throroughly recommend: Guía de los lagos y humedales de España by Santos Casado y Carlos Montes del Olmo http://libreriadesnivel.com/fichalibro.php?id=2470. An inspiring study.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007, 00:56 AM »
Greetings Wolfgang,
I suppose you already have the following URL for Spain's Ministry for the Environment:


plus this internal link:


another internal link there also mentions a future list of humedales which they say (2006) would not be completed until at least 2004 (so who knows how long the reference has been there!)

Hope this helps a bit - good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007, 21:28 PM »

It seems to me that the people who would know about this are the confederacion hidrografica. I am sure that they have a list of every potential drop of water in the whole of Iberia....

I tried to find a head office by googling confederacion hidrografica but I went round and round in circles with all of the regional departments...

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2007, 11:14 AM »
Hi all
I thought I would put up two photos I took of the boards on las Salinas de Cabo de Gato for info. Hope they stand up to being read  ;D

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