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Results of the working-subgroup „Phytoplankton“ of the „BLMP“, state 30 th Sept. 2004 The following criterions are discussed: species composition abundance.

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1 Results of the working-subgroup „Phytoplankton“ of the „BLMP“, state 30 th Sept The following criterions are discussed: species composition abundance algal blooms biomass

2 species composition: simply a list with the historical species inventory seems possible (Phytoplankton species reference lists). Proposals for the German North Sea and other European coastal water bodies exist. Recommendation: checking of already existing "historical" species lists and consolidation under the point of view of their usability (for example current species names including the older synonyms).

3 abundance: Specification of the exact historical abundance of the "natural" species inventory seems not to be realistic. Recommendation: Use qualitative specifications as "sporadically", "regularly", "often", "dominant", "bloom forming", so that a comparability becomes more easy to historical descriptions and clear changes in the density can be registered furthermore.

4 algal blooms: The relevance of algal blooms for the quality of the coastal water bodies of the North Sea and Baltic Sea is until now unclear. For instance, there are too big differences between neighboring water bodies of same type (and probably the same quality); moreover the replacement of one bloom by an other is not interpretable. Recommendation: Use of bloom intensity and bloom duration only as an additional criterion to the abundance for describing changes.

5 biomass: The Phytoplankton biomass in the water can be specified in different forms: mg of carbon per liter, biovolume and chlorophyll. Concrete historical specifications to the biomass of Phytoplankton do not seem to be available; most probably values of chlorophyll are accessable. A solution is the modeling from historical nutrient data as it is done by BROCKMANN for the chlorophyll. Chlorophyll concentrations are also used at the German Baltic coast (ELBO project), in other European coastal waters and by OSPAR.

6 Recommendation: Testing of the "chlorophyll model BROCKMANN” in the different types of coastal waters of the North Sea by comparison of the measured chlorophyll maxima and mean values with the modelled reference and evaluation on the basis of expert's knowledge and according to OSPAR (it is considered, that an overstepping of 50% above a reference state, accepted by OSPAR, is very high). Extension of the "model ELBO" with chlorophyll and biovolume on other water types of the Baltic Sea and testing the usability. Analysis of available Phytoplankton time rows of the East Frisian and North Frisian coast concerning the saisonal pattern, the dependence on the nutrient and salt gradient and the correlation of Phytoplankton biomass and chlorophyll a. Comparison of the Phytoplankton close to coast with coast- uninfluenced to form references of the seasonal cycle.

7 Intercalibration study with the measurement of the density of dominant species, the Phytoplankton biomass (mg C/l as well as biovolume) and the chlorophyll a concentration to calibrate the ratio cell biomass to chlorophyll and to record the different physiological states of the cells. Verification whether a multifactorial evaluation system developed for the Baltic Sea and containing Phytoplankton biomass (chlorophyll and biovolume) and physico-chemical quality elements is applicable in the North Sea. Therefore modelled nutrient-reference values of the German North Sea and the Baltic Sea are available (BROCKMANN). Evaluation of available Phytoplankton time series of the Elbe on the differences along a nutrient and salt gradient and testings of the transferability of the Baltic Sea reference conditions on the transitional water of the Elbe.

8 Result: The Phytoplankton is of importance for the assessment of the coastal waters. A coast-wide system for the assessment does not exist in Germany, nevertheless there are same attempts, which should be follows up. The main focus is given on the parameter biomass. For the transitional waters the assessment by Phytoplankton parameters is discussed more controversially. It exists some scepticism.

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