Essential Characteristics of Marine Waters
The analysis of the essential environmental features and characteristics of the relevant waters is based on the indicative lists of elements covering the physical and chemical features, the habitat types, the biological features and the hydromorphology. The first analysis describes the initial state of the marine environment and serves as a proposal for selecting the characteristics that best describe good marine environment status. In agreement with other Adriatic and Mediterranean countries, this proposal will be used to select the characteristics for which regular monitoring will be set up.
The marine environment status is described using 11 descriptors. Each of them is defined with a number of criteria and indicators. The elements used to describe the essential features are mutually connected using multiple indicators that describe individual descriptors as shown in the figure “Connections between descriptors (D1 to D11)”.