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EMODnet launches Atlas of European Marine Life

Added on: 2018-12-19
The Atlas of European Marine Life presents a range of new and innovative data products on marine life in European waters. The offered tools, models and maps illustrate the diverse range of outputs that can be generated from EMODnet Biology hosted data. The data products help to answer fundamental and policy-driven questions related to managing the natural and anthropogenic impacts in European waters. ...

High-tech LifeWatch observatory unravels marine life in North Sea

Added on: 2018-03-07
LifeWatch Belgium, as a part of the European LifeWatch infrastructure, can be considered as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. With the support of Flanders to LifeWatch, VLIZ has a.o. developed a Marine Observatory. It aims to collect scientific data with innovative technology in an automated manner, and to make these data freely available to all potential users. On the one hand, several innovative devices to map phytoplankton (Flow Cytometer) and zooplankton (Video Plankton Recorder) are used during monthly campaigns in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the other hand, four passive networks register and detect the presence of larger organisms (birds, porpoises, bats and fish) with a minimal human effort. ...

Birdcage at VOC Ostend with the financial support of VLIZ

Added on: 2017-08-25
A new block of birdcages is operational at the Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend. This infrastructure has been realized with the financial support of a.o. VLIZ. The birdcage serves for birds to recover, but functions as well as an enclosed environment to conduct research on birds. ...

Gulls turn out to have each an own character and personal preference

Added on: 2016-09-13
Thanks to the high-tech sensor network for LifeWatch, it seems that the behavior of gulls cannot be lumped all together. Each individual seems to have its own character and individual preferences. The bird GPS data from June 2013 to August 2016 reveals a lot of peculiar foraging behavior and interesting migration patterns. ...

BLOG POST: Can we find the gulls back?

Added on: 2016-02-22
Operation Agadir: an expedition to retrieve lost tracking data ...

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