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Table 1 Definition of datasets

Table 2 Descriptive statistics on parameters for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 3 Descriptive statistics on parameters for the Ontario dataset

Table 4 Descriptive statistics on parameters for the British Columbia dataset

Table 5 Descriptive statistics on parameters for the Quebec dataset

Table 6 Percentage of samples compliant with guidelines for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 7 Percentage of samples compliant with guidelines for the Ontario dataset

Table 8 Percentage of samples compliant with guidelines for the British Columbia dataset

Table 9 Percentage of samples compliant with guidelines for the Quebec dataset

Table 10 Descriptive statistics of the excursion for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 11 Descriptive statistics of the excursion for the Ontario dataset

Table 12 Descriptive statistics of the excursion for the British Columbia dataset

Table 13 Descriptive statistics of the excursion for the Quebec dataset

Table 14 Raw data correlation coefficient for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 15 Raw data correlation coefficient for the Ontario dataset

Table 16 Raw data correlation coefficient for the British Columbia dataset

Table 17 Raw data correlation coefficient for the Quebec dataset

Table 18 Excursion correlation coefficient for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 19 Excursion correlation coefficient for the Ontario dataset

Table 20 Excursion correlation coefficient for the British Columbia dataset

Table 21 Excursion correlation coefficient for the Quebec dataset

Table 22 Eigen values for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table 24 Eigen values for the Ontario dataset

Table 25 Representation of parameters along factorial axes for the Ontario dataset

Table 26 Eigen values for the British Columbia dataset

Table 27 Representation of parameters along three factorial axes for the British Columbia dataset

Table 28 Eigen values for the Quebec dataset

Table 29 Representation of parameters along two factorial axes for the Quebec dataset

Table 30 Correlation between the index terms

Tableau 31 Percentage of stations, which change category when three samples are used instead of four

Table 32 Parameters and years used by dataset

Table A.1 Index calculation example, Saskatchewan North River, Alberta

Table A.2 Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table A.4 British Columbia dataset

Table A.6 Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Table A.8 British Columbia dataset

Graph 1 Aluminum, lead and pH parameters for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Graph 2 Phosphorus and cadmium parameters for the Ontario dataset

Graph 3 Cadmium parameter for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 4 Phosphorus parameter for the Quebec dataset

Graph 5 Excursion of aluminum, lead and pH parameters for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Graph 6 Excursion of phosphorus and cadmium parameters for the Ontario dataset

Graph 7 Excursion of cadmium parameter for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 8 Excursion of phosphorus parameter for the Quebec dataset

Graph 10 Index behaviour in function of the number of parameters for the Ontario dataset

Graph 11 Index behaviour in function of the number of parameters for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 12 Index behaviour in function of the number of parameters for the Quebec dataset

Graph 14 Index behaviour in function of the number of samples for the Ontario dataset

Graph 15 Index behaviour in function of the number of samples for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 16 Index behaviour in function of the number of samples for the Quebec dataset

Graph 17 Percentage of contribution of the index terms for the Newfoundland and Labrador dataset

Graph 18 Percentage of contribution of the index terms for the Ontario dataset

Graph 19 Percentage of contribution of the index terms for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 20 Percentage of contribution of the index terms for the Quebec dataset

Graph 22 Index results when three and four samples are used for the Ontario dataset

Graph 23 Index results when three and four samples are used for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 24 Index results when three and four samples are used for the Quebec dataset

Graph 29 Index result when one season is removed for the Ontario dataset

Graph 30 Index result when one season is removed for the British Columbia dataset

Graph 31 Index result when one season is removed for the Quebec dataset