The Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3), is the world’s biggest river research expedition of its kind in 2013, the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, with results due to be published in autumn 2014. JDS3 catalyzes international cooperation from all 14 of the main Danube Basin countries and the European Commission, united through the International Commission for the Danube River (ICPDR).
A Joint Danube Survey is carried out only once every six years – JDS1 was in 2001 and JDS2 in 2007. JDS3 has completed the sampling and is now in the analysis stage; you can follow course of the sampling trip of the three ships and the subsequent analysis work on the news blog, where updates on the post-sampling stage are also posted.
The Joint Danube Survey has 3 main objectives:
- To collect information on parameters not covered in the ongoing monitoring
- To have data that is readily comparable for the entire river because it comes from a single source
- To promote the work of the ICPDR and raise awareness for water management
For six weeks between 13 August and 26 September, the JDS3 ships travel 2,375 km downstream the Danube River, through 10 countries, to the Danube Delta. The JDS3 is coordinated by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). An international Core Team of 20 scientists is responsible for sampling, sample processing, on-board analyses and all survey activities.
Leading laboratories across Europe will carry out chemical analyses. Corporate partners, such as the Coca-Cola System and Donauchemie, support the JDS3 through financial contributions and by sharing their knowledge about water management from a private sector perspective. Public events will ensure that everybody can get involved with JDS3. This website is the intersection of all communication efforts related to the Joint Danube Survey - your starting point for connecting with the expedition!
Joint Danube Survey Flyer (988.57 KB) Information flyer on Joint Danube Survey 3: objectives, measures and background at a glance.
Fact Sheet 1 (76.21 KB) Scientific objectives of the Joint Danube Survey 3.
Fact Sheet 2 (60.19 KB) JDS3 and the EU Water Framework Directive.
Fact Sheet 3 (60.23 KB) SWMI 1/4: Organic Pollution
Fact Sheet 4 (59.83 KB) SWMI 2/4: Nutrient Pollution
Fact Sheet 5 (59.22 KB) SWMI 3/4: Hazardous Substances Pollution
Fact Sheet 6 (65.64 KB) SWMI 4/4: Hydromorphological Alterations
Fact Sheet 7 (59.87 KB) "Watching the Danube" beyond the JDS
Fact Sheet 8 (60.88 KB) Surveys for the Danube, Danube Delta & southern Africa