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Water Temperature Data Set of the Baltic Sea

Data holding centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
CountryLithuania  Lithuania
Time period1981-
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).


Temperature variation in the water column; Temperature of the water column




The purpose of the research is to analyse thermal regime in the Baltic Sea. Water temperature 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 were 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

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

OrganisationDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
ContactOvidijus Stulpinas (Head of Hydrology Department)

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


Telephone+370 46 41 04 26
Facsimile+370 46 41 04 60
Collating centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Local identifier33001042
Global identifier2125
Last revised2009-02-12