DEEP: Hypoxia Maps - Summer 2005

Dissolved Oxygen Maps for Summer 2005

During the summer of 2005, the Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring Program continued monitoring the extent of summertime hypoxia.  The Program collected samples for nutrient analysis and water quality parameters from 17 stations, as well as phytoplankton and zooplankton samples from 6 stations located throughout the Sound.  An additional 20 30 sites were sampled during the summer for dissolved oxygen (DO) to get a more accurate idea of the extent of hypoxia. Under the program, hypoxia is defined as low dissolved oxygen below the DO water quality standard.

For the summer of 2005, the estimated start of the hypoxic event was July 14th. Under the new DO standard of 3.5 mg/L of dissolved oxygen, the maximum area affected by hypoxia, seen during our August 2 4, 2005 survey, was 300 square miles. Under the old DO standard of 3.0 mg/L of dissolved oxygen, the maximum area affected by hypoxia was 177 square miles.  For comparability to previous years, the duration, start date and end date were estimated using the 3.0 mg/L DO standard.  The duration was 69 days with an estimated end date on or about September 20.  

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{Link to larger image of hypoxia map for August 29 - September 2, 2005}
August 29 - September 2, 2005
{Link to larger image of hypoxia map for August 16 - 19, 2005}
August 16 - 19, 2005
                 
{Link to larger image of hypoxia map for August 2 - 4, 2005}
August 2 - 4, 2005
{Link to larger image of hypoxia map for July 18 - 21, 2005}
July 18 -21, 2005
{Link to larger image of hypoxia map for July 7 - 12, 2005}
July 7 - 12, 2005

Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring