Baltic Sea - Contaminants aggregated datasets 1974/2018 v2021

EMODnet Chemistry aims to provide access to marine chemistry data sets and derived data products concerning eutrophication, ocean acidification and contaminants. The chemicals chosen reflect importance to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This regional aggregated dataset contains all unrestricted EMODnet Chemistry data on contaminants; temperature, salinity and additional sampling parameters are included when available. The spatial coverage is the Baltic Sea with 3186 CDI records divided per matrices: 808 water profiles, 1556 sediment profiles and 822 biota profiles. For water, vertical profiles temporal range is from 1999-05-15 to 2018-08-27. For sediment, vertical profiles temporal range is from 1974-04-25 to 2018-08-27. For biota, vertical profiles temporal range is from 1998-09-14 to 2018-10-01. Data were aggregated and quality controlled by ‘Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)’ from Sweden.
Regional datasets concerning contaminants are automatically harvested. Parameter names in these datasets are based on P01, BODC Parameter Usage Vocabulary, which is available at: . Each measurement value has a quality flag indicator. The resulting data collections for each Sea Basin are harmonised, and the collections are quality controlled by EMODnet Chemistry Regional Leaders using ODV Software and following a common methodology for all Sea Regions. Harmonisation means that: (1) unit conversion is carried out to express contaminant concentrations with a limited set of measurement units (according to EU directives 2013/39/UE; Comm. Dec. EU 2017/848) and (2) merging of variables described by different “local names” ,but corresponding exactly to the same concepts in BODC P01 vocabulary. Detailed documentation is available at: Explore and extract data at: The harmonised dataset can also be downloaded as ODV spreadsheet (TXT file), which is composed of metadata header followed by tab separated values. This worksheet can be imported to ODV Software for visualisation (More information can be found at: ). The same dataset is offered also as XLSX file in a long/vertical format, in which each P01 measurement is a record line. Additionally, there are a series of columns that split P01 terms in subcomponents (measure, substance, CAS number, matrix...).This transposed format is more adapted to worksheet applications users (e.g. LibreOffice Calc). The original datasets can be searched and downloaded from EMODnet Chemistry Download Service:

Metadata Access
Publisher Blue-Cloud Data Discovery & Access service; EMODnet Chemistry
Contributor Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Marine Ecology Roskilde; EMODnet Chemistry; Estonian Environmental board; Estonian Marine Institute; Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency; Federal Research Centre for Fisheries (Cuxhaven); Federal Research Centre for Fisheries (Hamburg); Finnish Environment Institute; Finnish Institute of Marine Research (FIMR); Geological Survey of Estonia; Geological Survey of Sweden, SGU; German Hydrographic Institute; Institute of Geology and Geography of Nature Research Centre; Institute of Meteorology and Water Management National Research Institute, Maritime Branch in Gdynia (IMWM MB); Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology; Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde; Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde; National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS, Division of Oceanography; State Agency for Environment, Nature and Geology, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; State Agency for Nature and Environment of Schleswig Holstein (LANU); State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of Schleswig Holstein; State Office for Water Economy and Shore, Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel; Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI); Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Department of Physical Oceanography
Publication Year 2022
OpenAccess true
Contact blue-cloud-support(at)
Discipline Marine Science
Spatial Coverage (9.434W, 53.708S, 28.027E, 65.818N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 1974-04-25T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2018-10-01T00:00:00Z