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Data set name

Macrophyte Data Set of the Curonian Lagoon

Data holding centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
CountryLithuania  Lithuania
Time period1997-
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Northern Curonian Lagoon in the Southeast Baltic Sea, data set limits: 55 16 - 55 44N; 21 01 - 21 17E

Observations 
Parameters

Macroalgae and seagrass taxonomy-related counts

Instruments

Unknown

Description 
Summary

The increase of eutrophication in the Curonian Lagoon has caused the abundant macrophyte vegetation all over around this water body. This problem was the reason for starting the macrophyte monitoring in the Curonian Lagoon. Macrophytes react to the changes in the environment and can indicate long-term changes in the aquatic system. The research of aquatic plants consists of aerial photographing (in 1997) that gives an overview of the lagoon's vegetation, field investigations and studies of permanent vegetation transects. The field investigations were carried out at 12 transects in the north part of the Lagoon every year (during vegetation period), since 2000 it has been carried in every three year. Studies are performed according to J. Keskital, K. Salonen (1993), V.M. Katanskaja (1984) methods. The purpose of the research is to study overgrowth with macrophytes of the Northern Curonian Lagoon. The objectives: to study changes of species composition, abundance, biomass in littoral zone. Inventory of species of the Lagoon is carried out in every six years.

OriginatorsDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
References

Daiva Jurgilaite (1998) The macrophyte investigations in the northern part of the Kurshiu Marios Lagoon / The environmental status of the Baltic Sea and Kurshiu Marios Lagoon (Articles in Lithuanian with English summaries), Virginija Cizauskiene

Availability 
OrganisationDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactEgle Supiniene (Head of Hydrobiology Department)
Address

Department of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Taikos Av. 26
Klaipeda

LT-91149
Lithuania

Telephone+370 46 41 04 52
Facsimile+370 46 41 04 60
Emaile.supiniene@jtc.am.lt
Administration 
Collating centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Local identifier33001035
Global identifier2117
Last revised2009-02-07