Arkona Basin
Southern Baltic Sea

Latitude:   54.9167     Longitude:   13.5000

Associated Investigators:

Joerg Dutz (zoo) ,
Norbert Wasmund (phyto) ,   Lutz Postel  

Related Web Sites:

[Baltic Sea Research Institute (IOW)]  

Related Time Series:

[ IOW Arkona Basin ]   [ IOW Bornholm Basin ]   [ IOW Eastern Gotland Basin ]   [ IOW Mecklenburg Bight ]  

The IOW Baltic Sea Time Series, established in 1979 within the framework of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), records long-term changes in plankton abundance, frequency and biodiversity in relation to climatic and anthropogenic forcing. Monitored sites extend from the Western Belt Sea and the Arkona Sea to the Bornholm and the Eastern Gotland Basin along a pronounced salinity and depth gradient that exert a strong influence on the local plankton. A periodical inflow of marine water and an outflow of Baltic brackish water cause particularly strong variability in the plankton composition of the Western areas. IOW conducts five cruises/year collecting physical, chemical and biological core data during February, March, May, August, and November. Integrated surface samples for phytoplankton biomass and Chlorophyll a concentration from the upper 10 m are taken on 10 stations. Zooplankton abundance/biomass is monitored on 9 stations with sampling depth adjusted to the seasonal stratification.