|Type of Entry:||Project|
|Duration:||1996 - 1998|
The project was carried out in 1996-1998 and was co-funded by the Foundation for Polish-German Co-operation in Warsaw.
The following scientific institutions took part in the project:
The Pomeranian Bay is an element of the River Odra (Oder) estuary. The oceanographic conditions in the estuary are, to a great extent, formed by seasonal variability in the outflow of riverine waters. The Odra is one of the largest rivers discharging its waters and pollutants into the Baltic Sea. The drainage area of the river covers part of the areas of three countries: Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Before the Odra waters enter the Pomeranian Bay they flow through the Szczecin Lagoon (Zalew Szczecinski, Oderhaff) and the Swina, Dziwna and Peene (Piana) rivers which together play a significant buffering role. Bereft of topographical barriers, the Pomeranian Bay is exposed to permanent, intensive water exchange between itself and the neighbouring Arkona and Bornholm Basins; the Bay is the scene of intensive mixing of riverine and seawaters.
The main aim of the project was to study the pathways of anthropogenic substances in the Pomeranian Bay and to determine their impact on the Bay's ecosystem.
The work packages in physics, chemistry and biology covered the following aspects of the ecosystem:
As the Pomeranian Bay straddles the border between Poland and Germany, the two countries worked out a detailed joint programme to fulfil the expectations of both partners and provide good co-ordination of the fieldwork. The project was carried out in close co-operation with the Institute for Baltic Research in Warnemünde.