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National Monitoring - environmental and biological data of Polish economic zone of the Baltic Sea (1979-80)

Data holding centreMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
CountryPoland  Poland
Time periodFrom March 1979 to November 1980
Geographical area

Southern Baltic; 61 stations in the Polish economic zone: 23 stations in the open sea, 14 stations in the central and western parts of the coastal zone, 11 stations in the Gulf of Gdansk, 6 stations in the Szczecin Lagoon and 7 stations in the Vistula Lagoon


Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Zooplankton wet weight biomass; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Dissolved concentration parameters for other gases in sediment pore waters; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Temperature of the water column; Phytoplankton taxonomic volume in water bodies; Zooplankton taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column; Metal concentrations in biota; Concentration of other organic contaminants in biota


Plankton nets; pH sensors; sediment grabs; gas chromatographs; atomic absorption spectrometers; spectrophotometers


The research carried out in 1979-80 constituted a supplement to the first stage of the Baltic Monitoring Programme, Helsinki Commission Programme (BMP-HELCOM). The objective was to assess the degree of the water contamination and to indicate the biocenotic changes as a result of the contamination in the various parts of the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. The control was performed four times a year at 61 sampling stations located in the open sea area, in the coastal zone and lagoons. Pelagic parameters were controlled in the surface water layer as well as in the deep water layers. Primary production and chlorophyll-a samples were taken exclusively in the open sea area. The results of the trace metals determination and chlorinated and oil-originated hydrocarbons were also incomplete. The methods of sampling and laboratory analyses used followed the BMP-HELCOM guidelines in most cases. The data set in DAE IEP consists mainly of the rough data and processed results (mean values, diagrams etc.) expressed in standard units and stored in typescript tabular and graphic form. The complexity of the research and the vast area of investigation make the data unique.

OriginatorsMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
OrganisationMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
ContactDr. Lidia Kruk-Dowgiallo (Head of the department)

Maritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
Abrahama 1

Telephone+48 58 5520094
Facsimile+48 58 5524613
Collating centreInstitute of Meteorology and Water Management, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (IMWM MB)
Local identifier21002005
Global identifier1607
Last revised2009-01-19