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Data set name

Salinity Data Set of the Baltic Sea

Data holding centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
CountryLithuania  Lithuania
ProjectAssessment of Environmental Impact of Dumped Chemical Munition in the Baltic Sea(not provided); Assessment of Environmental Impact of Oil Terminal D-6(not provided); Evaluation of the environmental state of the sea area in Lithuanian waters adjacent to the Russian oil platform D-6(not provided)
Time period1981-
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Baltic Proper, Gdansk Basin, Bornholm Basin, Arkona Sea, Gotland Basin, Landsort Deep, Faro Deep during the period 1981 - 1992 (data set limits: 54 36 - 59 14N; 13 23 - 22 11E); Baltic Proper, Gdansk Basin, Gotland Basin during the period 1993 - 1999 (data set limits: 54 53 - 57 22N; 18 24 - 20 20E); Lithuanian territorial and economic zones since 2000 (data set limits: 55 19 - 56 02N; 19 14 - 21 05E)

Observations 
Parameters

Salinity of the water column

Instruments

CTD

Description 
Summary

The purpose of the research is to analyse salinity regime and its peculiarities in different parts of the Baltic Sea. Water salinity is an important hydrological characteristic, which have an impact to physical-chemical as well to biological processes going in the Baltic Sea. In accordance with the national and international Baltic Sea monitoring programme (HELCOM) monitoring cruises have been fulfilled with the Lithuanian research vessels 'OKEANOGRAFAS', 'VEJAS' and 'VETRA'. Since 1981 salinity investigations were carried out in a wide net of stations in national (Lithuanian territorial waters and economic zone) and international (Baltic Proper) waters. Later the net of stations became narrower and since 2000 research in the Baltic Sea is carried out only in the Lithuanian waters. Salinity investigations are carried out during every season in standard sea water horizons. The data are fully quality controlled. Systematic certification of laboratories, participation in international intercalibrations, internal control, introduced managing system for research' quality determine quality of data. All data is stored in archive (in table forms on paper) and is saved on hard disk.

OriginatorsDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
References

Ignas Vysniauskas (2008) The changes of water temperature and salinity in the south-eastern part of the Baltic Sea / Monograph: The Baltic Sea and its problems (Articles in Lithuanian with English summaries), N. Remeikaite, R. Nikzentaitiene; Ignas Vysniauskas and Henrikas Lesys (1998) Peculiarities of the hydrological regime in the Lithuanian exclusive economic zone in 1992-1996 / The environmental status of the Baltic Sea and Kurshiu Marios Lagoon (Articles in Lithuanian with English summaries), Virginija Cizauskiene; Dr. Vytautas Dubra (1998) Long-term changes in the deep waters of the Baltic Sea and their influence on the cod spawning / 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
ContactOvidijus Stulpinas (Head of Hydrology Department)
Address

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

LT-91149
Lithuania

Telephone+370 46 41 04 26
Facsimile+370 46 41 04 60
Emailo.stulpinas@jtc.am.lt
Administration 
Collating centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Local identifier33001040
Global identifier2123
Last revised2009-02-07