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Data sets from Omla river to open sea in South Adriatic

Data holding centreInstitute For Marine And Coastal Research - University Of Dubrovnik
CountryCroatia  Croatia
Time periodFrom 1972 on seasonal base with some gaps
Geographical area

South Adriatic Sea


Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Microzooplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Uptake of other nutrients in the water column; Raw temperature and/or salinity instrument output; Plankton biomass expressed as carbon per unit volume of the water column


CTD; plankton nets; discrete water samplers


The biological and ecological characteristics of the South Adriatic Sea impact specific quality of the ecosystems in the entire Adriatic because coastal areas of the South Adriatic are entirely surrounded by the deep oligotrophic water that flows from the Ionian Sea along eastern Adriatic coast. Former data did not adequately encompass interactions between biocenoses in the south and their resultant influence on the other parts of the Adriatic Sea. Continual interactions between biocenoses of the offshore and inshore ecosystems are probably a key requirement for stable dynamic ecological stability in the sea. Vertical migrations in the offshore deep waters and horizontal transport of matter and energy contribute to that equilibrium. The basic goal of the project is to investigate and demonstrate that the interactive relations in biocenoses of this, most voluminous, part of the Adriatic significantly support stability of ecosystems in the other parts of Adriatic Sea. This project should contribute to new findings by: 1)defining vertical migrations in the deepest part of the Adriatic Sea, matter and energy transport between sea layers and different trophic groups of holoplankton and meroplankton; 2)collecting evidences of typical south Adriatic species in plankton, benthos and nekton, determining specific quality of the observed ecosystems, their relationship and influence on the dynamic stability of the Adriatic; 3)documenting the high quality of the south Adriatic ecosystems and spatial-temporal interactions of the biocenoses between the South and North Adriatic; 4) determining typical biocenoses, appearance of the scarce and new species, their distribution in the South Adriatic and migrations northwards; 5) determining and describing various aspects of specific populations in the coastal and open sea systems of the South Adriatic and comparing them with other regions.

OriginatorsInstitute For Marine And Coastal Research - University Of Dubrovnik
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OrganisationInstitute For Marine And Coastal Research - University Of Dubrovnik
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactNenad Jasprica

Institute For Marine And Coastal Research - University Of Dubrovnik
Kneza Damjana Jude 12


Telephone+385 20 32 34 84
Facsimile+385 20 32 38 72
Collating centreInstitute of Oceanography and Fisheries
Local identifier44005001
Global identifier1081
Last revised2008-12-24