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European Marine Board calls for more coherent biological ocean observations in Europe

Added on: 2018-08-08
The latest Future Science Letter No. 3 from the European Marine Board (EMB) - entitled "Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations" - reflects the vision of a strategic pan-European forum on the current (and future) capacity and relevance of biological observations in the European seas. In contrast to chemical and physical observations, observation networks on biological parameters in Europe do not appear to be highly organized. There is often a lack of coordination between measurement systems and observations can not be integrated optimally. A multifunctional, well-integrated biological ocean observation system will strongly promote the biological knowledge of seas and oceans - in Europe and worldwide. Something of great importance for maintaining a healthy ocean for a healthy society. ...

4DEMON project combines data Belgian part of the North Sea over the past four decades

Added on: 2018-07-06
Scientists and data managers from KBIN, UGent, VLIZ, ILVO and ULiège have succeeded in saving a lot of old still analogue datasets on the Belgian part of the North Sea for loss (data archeology). In combining these with more recent measurement results, they obtained a data series spanning over a period of 40 years, which revealed interesting insights. For example, the nutrients phosphate and nitrogen were observed to decline in the southern North Sea. The seawater temperature on the other hand has risen by an average of one degree °C. The data analysts also see a shift in the species composition of the phytoplankton - the small water floating organisms that rely on photosynthesis for their energy supply - accompanied with the risk of harmful species turning up. Since 1985 the sea water in the Belgian part of the North Sea has become more acidic. ...

The VLIZ annual report: 2017 in a nutshell

Added on: 2018-06-13
The 2017 annual report presents the highlights for VLIZ in 2017 and focuses on the services VLIZ offers to the marine scientific community, policymakers, educators and the general public. Performance indicators (KPIs), numbers and lists all together give a transparent overview of the organization and functioning of the institute. ...

20 years support by Flanders for sustainable ocean projects worldwide

Added on: 2018-06-05
Since 1998, Flanders has supported UNESCO's activities in the field of science in various disciplines; like some important projects relating to the ocean and coastal areas by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). During the FUST OCEAN event in the week of 14 to 17 May, this collaboration was put in the spotlight. For those who could not attend and still want to get an overview of the UNESCO projects sponsored by Flanders on the sustainable use of ocean and coasts, please visit the FUST website. The event was organized with the support of VLIZ. ...

Your opinion counts: help us to improve the Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018

Added on: 2018-06-04
The marine landscape in Belgium is large and rapidly evolving, however the knowledge is very widespread. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is the integrated knowledge platform for the professional user and bundles the most relevant scientifically based information. An updated version of the Compendium for Coast and Sea is prepared every three years and new information products are created. The Compendium secretariat want to ask for your opinion and input for the new edition, which will be published in December 2018. ...

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