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MURSYS - Baltic Sea


Denmark (August)

  National Environmental Research Institute, Roskilde


Monitoring Cruise Report with  r/v Gunnar Thorson; Cruise  no.: 217 (18 - 22 August 2003)

Area: The Sound, Kattegat, Belt Sea and Arkona Sea


The minimum oxygen concentrations in August this year were significantly higher than at the same time last year, except in the north-eastern Kattegat. The lowest oxygen concentration observed was 1.1 ml/L (17 % saturation) in the Mecklenburg Bight. In the south-eastern Kattegat and the Sound the minimum concentrations were 2.3 - 3.0 ml/L (33 - 46 %), and in the Fehmarn Belt and Arkona Sea 2.6  ml/L (40 - 42 %).
In week 34 (18 - 22 August) the actual area distribution of oxygen deficiency (<4 mg/L) and severe oxygen deficiency (<2 mg/L) in the Kattegat, the Sound and the Belt Sea with associated estuaries, but excluding the Arkona Basin, was only about 1/5 of the distribution at the same time last year. The geographical distribution of oxygen deficiency generally resembled that of 2001, which can be though to represent an average distribution of oxygen deficiency. The area afflicted by oxygen deficiency was larger in the first half of August 2003, but strong westerly winds in the middle of the month improved the oxygen conditions at some localities (e.g. the Limfjord, Aarhus Bight and north of Funen). A report on oxygen deficiency in July and August 2003 is available at: (in Danish with an English summary).
At the cruise both the salinity and the temperature generally were higher than normal in the whole water column due to the warm weather in July and August and the strong wind in mid August. The wind accomplished an inflow to the Arkona Sea, where the bottom water salinity reached 20.
In the surface layer generally no inorganic nitrogen nutrients were present, while traces of phosphate, and silicate concentrations of 1 - 7  µmol/L, were present in the surface water in most areas, except in the north-eastern Kattegat. In the bottom water nitrate concentrations above 6  µmol/L were observed only in the eastern Kattegat. In the Sound and Belt Sea the nitrate concentration in the bottom water was unusually low. Very high ammonium concentrations (6.0 - 8.8  µmol/L) were observed in the bottom water in the Great Belt and especially in the Fehmarn Belt and Mecklenburg Bight. High silicate and phosphate concentrations were observed in the bottom water in the Fehmarn Belt and Arkona Sea.
The chlorophyll-a concentration was relatively low (<1.5 µg/L) in most of the Kattegat. However, in the south-western Kattegat and northern Great Belt a pronounced subsurface maximum (3.4 - 6.8 µg/L) was present in 15 - 17 m depth. In the Fehmarn Belt the highest concentrations (3.0 - 3.6 µg/L) were observed in the surface layer.

The complete report is to be found at:


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