Environmental Research of the Gulf of Gdansk, southern Baltic (1964-78)

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Data holding centreMaritime Institute in Gdansk (MIG) - Department of Ecology
CountryPoland  Poland
Time periodFrom July 1964 to November 1966; September to October 1977; May to August 1978
Geographical area

Southern Baltic; the Gulf of Gdansk: 1964-66: 19 stations in the Puck Bay (western part of the Gulf of Gdansk); 1977-78: 27 stations on 4 profiles in the coastal waters from Hel to Vistula river mouth


Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Secchi disk depth; Temperature of the water column; Radioactivity in water bodies; Bacteria taxonomic abundance in water bodies; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column


PH sensors; spectrophotometers


The objective of the multidisciplinary research carried out in 1977-78 was to assess the state of the pollution of the coastal zone of the Gulf of Gdansk as well as to determine the main sources of pollution and their impact on the biocenosis. The project also includes studies on the sanitary state of the Puck Lagoon carried out in 1964-66. Samples were taken ten times at 13 coastal and 9 stations in the central part of the area. An analysis of the municipal sewage from Gdynia inflowing to the Puck Lagoon was also completed. In autumn 1977 and spring-summer 1978 the material for analyses was taken at 19 sampling stations located along 3 profiles in regions of considerable anthropogenic pressure and one reference profile located in a relatively unpolluted area. Samples were also taken from the stations located at the fairway and in the docks of Gdansk and Gdynia. Apart from the monitoring of the marine environment, observations were made of birds' mortality as a result of oil pollution. A catalogue of point sources of pollution and exposure tests of some selected organisms was compiled. Based on earlier data, the load of contaminants inflowing to the Gulf of Gdansk and the concentration of selected toxicants were studied. The results, in the form of mean value tabulations, diagrams, maps etc., are presented in the final elaboration. The source data (in typescript form) exist at DAE IEP only for biological parameters, biotests and part of the hydrological determinations.

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 National Research Institute, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (IMWM MB)
Local identifier21002014
Global identifier1616
Last revised2009-01-06