Lake Vänern landscape (LTSER) - Sweden
Lake Vänern landscape (LTSER)
Lake Vänern LTSER
Lake Vänern is the largest freshwater body in Sweden and the largest lake within the European Union with a 5 650 km2 water surface, a drainage basin covering a total of 46 800 sq-km, a coastline of 4 800 km and a freshwater archipelago made up of over 22 000 islands, islets and rocks. The lake contains one third of Sweden’s freshwater reserve. Lake Vänern is situated in the south west part of Sweden and is connected to the North Sea via the Kattegat coastal region. The only outlet from the lake to Skagerrak is via the Göta River. The core area equals Lake Vänern total catchment including all parts in both Norway and Sweden and Göta Älv River. With regards to data in Sweden this includes several administrative areas; the Counties of Värmland and Västragötaland. Within the LTSER area lies LTER Vänern (LTER_EU_SE_008)which has a core area equals the water body of Lake Vänern and 300 meters of the shore-line. Within this area lies the sampling station of the national environmental monitoring program of water quality (The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management).
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