The Szczecin (Oder-) Lagoon

  • T. Radziejewska
  • G. Schernewski
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 197)

The Odra (German: Oder) estuary, located in the southern Baltic Sea, consists of the Szczecin (Oder-) Lagoon and the Pomeranian Bay (Fig. 5.1). The Szczecin Lagoon (687 km2) is shared by Poland and Germany and is naturally subdivided into the “Large Lagoon” (Polish: Wielki Zalew) on the Polish territory and the “Small Lagoon” (German: Kleines Haff) on the German side. The Lagoon connects with the Pomeranian Bay via three outlets. With an average depth of 3.8 m, the Szczecin Lagoon is a shallow water body: its maximum natural depth is 8.5 m, but dredging in the shipping channel produces depths exceeding 10.5 m. The channel intersects the Lagoon to link the River Odra mouth and the harbour of Szczecin with the Baltic Sea. Data of the Maritime Office of Szczecin show ca 1.5 million m3 sediment per year to have been dredged during the last 50 years to maintain the average channel depth of 10.5 m (Minning 2004).


Suspended Particulate Matter Particulate Organic Carbon Dreissena Polymorpha European Water Framework Directive Shipping Channel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Radziejewska
    • 1
  • G. Schernewski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Palaeoceanology, Institute of Marine SciencesUniversity of SzczecinSzczecinPoland
  2. 2.German Baltic Sea Research InstituteRostockGermany

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