Physio-chemical and biological characteristics of the marine environment around Batroun, North Lebanon (Eastern Mediterranean)

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Data holding centreNational Center for Marines Sciences
CountryLebanon  Lebanon
Time period2001-2003
Geographical area

Batroun - Selaata (North Lebanon)


Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Dissolved organic carbon concentration in the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Sediment grain size parameters; Particulate total and organic nitrogen concentrations in the water column; 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; Temperature of the water column; Concentration of proteins in the water column; Concentration of carbohydrates, phenols, alkanols (alcohols), aldehydes and ketones in water bodies; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Water body lipid concentrations


Salinity sensor; pH sensors; spectrophotometers


The study is based on both influences of the direct discharges of Selaata chemical plant and of Al-Jaouz seasonal river on Batroun coastal water (North Lebanon, Eastern Mediterranean), and on their interactions to measure their impacts on an oligotrophic marine environment. In order to follow the spatial and temporal variations at big and small scales of the different physico-chemical, biogeochemical and biological parameters, many sampling strategies were used during 26 months (from May 2001 till June 2003) on surface water: a classical strategy of a network of fixed stations, continuous measurements at high frequency, diurnal variations (12 hours) at a fixed point, a perpendicular radial to the coast, experiments of the buoyant drogue. These measurements were completed with sediments studies (a more integrated medium for long term variations) in surface and in depth.

OriginatorsNational Center for Marines Sciences

Fakhri, M., Romano, J.-C., Abboud-Abi Saab, M. (2005) Impact of natural and artificial chemical inputs on the marine ecosystem of Batroun region (North Lebanon). Leb. Sci. J., 6(1): 13-27,

OrganisationNational Center for Marines Sciences
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactDr. Nijad Kabbara (Database manager)

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Global identifier1931
Last revised2009-10-01