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Identifier WISE_Emissions
Short name WISE-Emissions
Registration status Released 11 December 2013
Reference URL
Name ETC delivery WISE-SoE: Emissions to Water
Short Description Dataservice definition: Dataset contains data selected from reporting of member and collaborating countries on emissions of nutrients and hazardous substances to water, aggregated within River Basin Districts. Reported data have been assessed and processed by the ETC-Water and the EEA. Results of quality assessment have been incorporated into the individual data tables.
Definition Updated reference dataset for WISE-SoE Emissions to Water is a delivery prepared annually by the European Topic Centre on Water. The dataset is an export from the respective ETC/W working database after incorporating of quality assured data on groundwater water quality collected under the latest WISE-SoE data collection process. After it is approved by the EEA the dataset is published in Waterbase via the EEA Data Service web site.
Methodology for obtaining data This dataset is based on the Data Dictionary dataset WISE-SoE: Emissions (

All emissions data reported by countries under the ROD obligation Water emission quality (WISE-1) in the CDR ( or national repositories are to be processed and incorporated in the respective ETC working database.

It is expected that the national data reporters use for the reporting the latest DD templates or xml schema. If the data is reported differently (old templates, different file formats etc.), and country do not properly redeliver the data on a request, the ETC data managers should anyway try to transfer as much data as possible into the proper structure. They have to however keep in mind the reporting deadlines and do not spend too much time waiting for the redelivery or by processing of data of inconsistent quality or delivered in incompatible structure.

More details about the data processing and QA/QC process are to be found in the Data handling Wiki ( and in specific important cases also in the methodology descriptions for individual elements in this data dictionary.

The complete and updated European dataset is to be created by the responsible ETC data mangers by exporting the quality assured data from the working database. The dataset can be delivered to the EEA in one of this two formats:

1. Microsoft Access file - a template is downloadable here in the Quick links section. The structure, data definitions or functionality of the template can not be modified.

2. a series of XML files - one XML file for each of the dataset tables. They have to follow the XSD schema, that is also available in the Quick links section.

The actual process and place where the European dataset is to be delivered will be specified later.
Planned updating frequency annual

Dataset tables

Full name Short name
Spatial Unit Characteristics and Pressur ... Emissions-Spatial_units
Nutrients and Organic Matter Emission Di ... Emissions-Nutrients-Points
Nutrients and Organic Matter Emissions f ... Emissions-Nutrients-Diffuse
Hazardous Substances Emission Discharges ... Emissions-HazSubs-Points
Hazardous Substances Emissions from Diff ... Emissions-HazSubs-Diffuse

Other versions

Dataset number Status Release date
140 Released 05 November 2012 [view]
118 Released 24 November 2011 [view]
95 Released 31 January 2011 [view]
22 Released 08 November 2010 [view]