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Title: Rivers and Catchments of Europe - Catchment Characterisation Model (CCM)


The Catchment Characterisation Model (CCM2) database covers the entire European continent, including the Atlantic islands, Iceland and Turkey. It includes a hierarchical set of river segments and catchments based on the Strahler order, a lake layer and structured hydrological feature codes based on the Pfafstetter system. It allows for analysis from the regional to the continental scale, corresponding to traditional mapping scales of up to 1:500,000. CCM2 covers an area of about 12,000,000 square kilometers and includes more than 2,000,000 primary catchments. These can be aggregated to drainage basins at different hierarchical levels, forming, for example, about 650 river basins of more than 1000 square kilometers. CCM2 further includes a coastline, fully congruent with the river basins, and some 70,000 lakes. The layers are generated from a 100 meters resolution digital terrestrial elevation model. The following layers are available: Seaoutlets: the major river basins, Main drains: ...

Alfred De Jager
Jürgen Vogt
How to cite
De Jager, Alfred; Vogt, Jürgen (2007):  Rivers and Catchments of Europe - Catchment Characterisation Model (CCM). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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  • publication A pan-European river and catchment database


Additional information
Last modified 2008-07-01
Issue date 2007-06-01
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Language English
Data theme(s) Environment; Science and technology
EuroVoc domain(s) 36 SCIENCE
EuroVoc concept(s) hydrology
Geographic information
Drainage networks and associated drainage basins form complex functional entities not only for hydrological processes but also for environmental processes at large. This has been recognised in recent European legislation such as the Water Framework Directive (WFD). In order to ...
Geographic bounding box

72.0° N, 61.0° E, 27.0° S, -32.0° W

Coordinate Reference System ETRS89, WGS 84

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