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Data set name

Distribution of nutrients and particulate organic matter of the Cretan Sea (NE Mediterranean, 1994-1995)

Data holding centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
CountryGreece  Greece
ProjectCINCS - Pelagic-Benthic Coupling in the Oligotrophic Cretan Sea (NE Mediterranean)(CINCS)
Time periodMay 1994 - September 1995
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Cretan Sea (NE Mediterranean), bounded by 35.3 N to 35.75 N and 24.7 E to 25.3 E

Observations 
Parameters

Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Particulate total and organic carbon concentrations in the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Phaeopigment concentrations in the water column

Instruments

Discrete water samplers; active fluorometers; spectrophotometers

Description 
Summary

The chemical and biological characteristics of the water column in the Cretan Sea (a grid of 30 stations) were studied between May 1994 and Sept. 1995 (on a bimonthly basis) in order to understand the underlying structural and functional mechanisms of this pelagic ecosystem. Samples from standard depths (1, 20, 50, 75, 120, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500, 700, 1000, 1200 and 1500m) were collected (using Niskin bottles) and the concentrations of POC, PON, chla, phaeopigments, NO3, NO2, PO4, SiO2 were determined. The characteristic Deep Chlorophyll Maximum (DCM), the vertical distribution of nutrients and the low levels of chloroplastic pigments, POC and PON in the euphotic zone (0-100 m) all testified to the oligotrophic character of the ecosystem. This study was part of the multidisciplinary EU MAST II MTP III project CINCS (contract MAS2-CT94-0092).

OriginatorsHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
Availability 
OrganisationHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactDr A. Tselepides
Address

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
Gournes Pediados P.O. Box 2214
Heraklion
Crete
71003
Greece

Telephone+30 2810337801
Facsimile+30 2810337870
Emaile.mironaki@hcmr.gr
Administration 
Collating centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier6004012
Global identifier1163
Last revised2015-03-23