Trends in oxygen content 1911-1984 and occurrence of benthic mortality in the northern Adriatic Sea

  • Justić D
  • Legović T
  • Rottini-Sandrini L
  • 18


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 109


    Citations of this article.


Trends of dissolved oxygen content of the surface and bottom layers of the northern Adriatic Sea are analysed for the period 1911-1984. An increase in the surface layer and a decrease in the bottom layer are observed in all seasons except winter. Although the oxygen content of the water column as a whole has not changed significantly, it is inferred, from the increasing difference between the surface and the bottom layer, that the primary productivity of the northern Adriatic Sea is increasing. As the average midsummer oxygen content of the bottom layer decreases, the frequency of mass mortality in the benthic fauna is expected to increase, especially in the northern and western subareas. © 1987.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adriatic Sea
  • benthic organisms
  • bottom
  • long-term changes
  • oxygen content
  • regression analysis
  • surface

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Dubravko Justić

  • Tarzan Legović

  • Laura Rottini-Sandrini

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free