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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-45269

Çullaj, A; Duka, S; Emiri, A; Koni, E; Miho, A; Murtaj, B; Shumka, S; Bachofen, R; Schanz, F; Brandl, H (2011). Limnological study on a newly built drinking water reservoir near Tirana, Albania. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 182(1-4):215-232.

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Abstract

Bovilla Lake is a reservoir constructed 12 years ago for supplying the city of Tirana (Albania) mainly with drinking water. It has a surface area of 4.6 km2, a maximum depth of originally 60 m and is monomictic with a stratification period from early spring to end of October. The lake is oligotrophic with low nutrient concentrations (e.g. SRP in spring about 8 μg L − 1) and minor oxygen depletion in the hypolimnion during thermal stagnation. The lake is highly turbid due to severe particle import by several rivers during rain periods. This led to a massive deposition of sediments, lifting the maximum depth to 45 m in 2008. Furthermore, the photic zone reached hardly more than 10 m. Algal species diversity is high; however, diatoms from the genus Cyclotella dominate most of the year both in numbers and biomass. Our study describes for the first time the hydrography and limnology of the Bovilla Reservoir.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Plant Biology
07 Faculty of Science > Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
DDC:580 Plants (Botany)
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 19:27
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 17:56
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0167-6369
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10661-010-1871-z
PubMed ID:21229301
Citations:Web of Science®
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