Phytoplankton Data Set of the Curonian Lagoon

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Data holding centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
CountryLithuania  Lithuania
ProjectImplementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, Meeting 2006 deadlines(not provided); Implementation of the EC-WFD in the transboundary river basin management, Republic of Lithuania - Russian Federation(WFD Lithuania/Kaliningrad); The Water Framework Directive Implementation in Lithuania(not provided)
Time period1980 -
Geographical area

Whole Curonian Lagoon in the southeast Baltic Sea during the period 1980-1992 (data set limits: 54 54 - 55 44N; 20 37 - 21 16E); Northern Curonian Lagoon since 1993 (data set limits: 55 16 - 55 44N; 21 01 - 21 17E)


Phytoplankton generic abundance in water bodies; Phytoplankton taxonomic abundance in water bodies


Discrete water samplers; optical microscopes


The aim of the research is to investigate the community structure of the phytoplankton of the Curonian Lagoon, to evaluate year-to-year and seasonal dynamics of phytoplankton communities, as well as trends in phytoplankton development. The main objectives of the researches: to study phytoplankton species composition, to determine its abundance and biomass, to study algal bloom dynamics, to distinguish potentially toxic species of the phytoplankton, etc. From 1980 to 1992 research was carried out in a wide net of stations in the whole Curonian Lagoon, since 1993 - in the north part of the Lagoon which belongs to Lithuania using expedition cutter 'Gintaras'. In accordance with the national Curonian Lagoon monitoring programme phytoplankton sampling is carried out three times a year (spring, summer, autumn), in some stations - every month (except winter season). The samples are taken from the surface water layer. Preservation of material is performed according to HELCOM (1988) by microscopic method. 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 written form) and is saved on hard disk.

OriginatorsDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. I.Olenina (1998) Areas of the Kurshiu Marios Lagoon and the south-eastern Baltic coastal zone distinguished by the structures of the spring phytoplankton and complexes of plankton algae there / 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
ContactDr. Irina Olenina (Senior specialist)

Department of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
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Telephone+370 46 41 04 59
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Collating centreDepartment of Marine Research of the Environmental Protection Agency
Local identifier33001034
Global identifier2116
Last revised2009-02-07