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[BWZee]
A Biological Valuation Map for the Belgian Continental Shelf
The project aims to develop a scientifically acceptable and widely applicable valuation strategy for marine areas and to apply this strategy to the Belgian Continental Shelf.
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[HiFiDATA]
A century of sea fisheries in Belgium
Data and information regarding the history of sea fisheries in Belgium is collected, described, archived, described, quality controlled, integrated and available.
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[SeArch]
Archaeological heritage in the North Sea
Marine heritage is threatened by the increasing pressure of commercial activities at sea. However, this part of our cultural heritage is not well known. The SeArch project should allow to inventory at acceptable cost and with sufficient legal certainty in the context of the marine exploitation.
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[BeRMS]
Belgian Register of Marine Species
The Belgian register of marine species lists all marine species from the Belgian part of the North Sea, the Belgian beaches, mudflats, saltmarshes, coastal dunes and estuaries.
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[CLAMER]
Climate Change Impacts on the Marine Environment: Research Results and Public Perception
The CLAMER project will combine the knowledge about the impact of climate change on European marine ecosystems and species, and the public perception with regard to the problem in the coastal areas of the various regional seas.
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Compendium for Coast and Sea
In the ‘Compendium for Coast and Sea’, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) aims to aggregate objective and scientifically based information and data (published scientific papers, indicator reports and relevant policy papers), from Flemish/Belgian marine and maritime research.
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[Marbena]
Creating a long-term infrastructure for MARine Biodiversity research in the European econom...
Create the infrastructure for marine biodiversity research in Europe, by creating a pan-European network of marine scientists; improve the science by cataloguing the existing expertise and infrastructure, by defining and prioritising the issues at stake; provide an intellectually attractive environment for young scientists and a discussion forum for all.
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[CSA Oceans]
CSA in Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans
CSA Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans is a FP7 support action which is designed to reduce the time for JPI Oceans to move from the preliminary to the operational phase. The project specifically aims at 1) Supporting the governance structures in its work to establish JPI Oceans; 2) Facilitating the development of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and an Implementation Plan (Iplan) according to JPI Oceans vision and goals and 3) Proposing procedures and tools for cooperation which provide the basis for joint trans-national actions based on variable geometry
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[CSA MarineBiotech]
CSA in Marine Biotechnology
The CSA MarineBiotech project wants to reduce current fragmentation and duplication, and pave the way for common programmes and cooperation. This will include the provision and utilisation of common research infrastructures through a future ERA-NET in marine biotechnology.
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[Kustcodex]
Digital Juridic Codex Coastal Zone
An online and freely accessible reference book of international treaties, European regulations, laws, decrees and regulations of regional, provincial and municipal authorities in the coastal zone of Belgium.
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[Endis-Risks]
Endocrine disruption in the Scheldt Estuary: distribution, exposure and effects
The Endis-Risks project aims to assess the distribution and the possible effects of endocrine disrupting substances in the Scheldt estuary. The valorisation of the Endis-Risks project will result in a thorough, integrated and multi-disciplinary description of the current status of the Scheldt estuary in relation to the issue of endocrine disruption.
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[EMODnet BIO]
European Marine Observation and Data Network - Biology Lot
The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet) aims to develop a system to make marine data available in support of scientists, policy makers and other end-users, within the framework of the new European maritime policy. VLIZ develops an online data portal and formulates recommendations for a future operational system for Europe. VLIZ is co-ordinator for this project.
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[EMODNET BIO II]
European Marine Observation and Data Network - Biology lot II
The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet) aims to develop a system to make marine data available in support of scientists, policy makers and other end-users, within the framework of the new European maritime policy. VLIZ coordinates this project of 23 European partners and develops an online data portal.
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EMODnet Central Portal]
European Marine Observation and Data Network -Central Portal
Vlaanderen, heeft aangeboden om het EMODnet Centraal Portaal te bouwen dat toegang moet geven tot de dataproducten en de data die verzameld worden binnen de thematische netwerken van EMODnet.
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[ENCORA]
European Network for Coastal Research
Coastal portal to improve sharing of knowledge and experience within Europe. The site includes a coastal and marine wiki, an Internet encyclopedia of coastal and marine information of high quality.
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Expedition Zeeleeuw
Virtual expedition with 'De Zeeleeuw' by students along the Belgian coast during the school year 2006.
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4DEMON]
Four Decades of Belgian Marine monitoring: uplifting historical data to today's needs
Historical data are essential for understanding long-term changes in the quality of the marine environment. The 4DEMON project will centralise, integrate and valorise data compiled during expeditions in the BCS over the last four decades, forming an important Belgian scientific heritage. DEMON will focus on data on contaminants, eutrophication and ocean acidification processes.
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[Trophos]
Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea
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[HERMIONE]
Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas
Within WP 5 ("chemosynthetic ecosystems") of the HERMIONE project, researchers want to investigate the distribution and interconnectivity of chemosynthetic ecosystems. In order to do so, a "HERMIONE integrated database on chemosynthetic ecosystems" has been developed by VLIZ, to integrate the contributing datasets and to build an easy-for-use database for the planned analyses.
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[IDO-Schelde]
Indicators of sustainable development for the Scheldt Estuary
Set up a set of sustainability indicators for monitoring trends and developments with regard to policy-relevant issues, and this in the context of long-term vision and target for the Scheldt estuary (Flanders-Netherlands).
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[Theseus]
Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate
THESEUS will develop a systematic approach to delivering both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy habitats for evolving coastal zones subject to multiple change factors. The innovative combined mitigation and adaptation technologies to be considered will include ecologically-based mitigation measures, hydro-morphodynamic techniques , actions to reduce the impact on society and economy and GIS-based software to support defense planning.
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[INRAM]
Integrated Risk Assessment and Monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone
The project focuses on the chemical status of coastal waters and harbours along the Belgian Coast. A new monitoring technique with passive samplers was tested. Follow-up project of Endis-Risks.
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[LargeNet]
Large scale and long term networking on the observation of Global Change and its impact on M...
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. A central database will be compiled capturing the available data on meiobenthos on a broad European scale.
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[Macrobel]
Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf
To explore the effects of natural and anthropogenic impacts, macrobenthos is used. Also because of their direct link with the sediment and the processes just above it. The goal of this project is to contribute to the knowledge of the long-term variability in the biodiversity of the macrobenthos and its relationship to human activities.
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[MarBEF]
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
MarBEF, a network of excellence funded by the European Union and consisting of 94 European marine institutes, is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public.
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ERA-MBT]
Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET
The CSA MarineBiotech project has been successful in the establishment of a network of funding organisation and programme managers interested in joint support for marine biotech research. The 20 partners from 13 countries have submitted a proposal for a Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT). The ERA-MBT is designed to deliver better coordination of relevant national and regional Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) programmes in Europe, reducing fragmentation and duplication, and paving the way for common programmes and cooperation in the provision and use of research infrastructures. This is a necessity to make sustainable use of this unique resource.
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[MRG]
Marine Regions, towards a standard for georeferenced marine names
“Marine Regions”, an open-access, standardised, hierarchical list of geographic names, linked to information on and maps of the geographic location of these names. It includes geographic marine names worldwide, including ocean basins, seas, sandbanks, ridges, bays and other marine geographical placenames and attributes, and displays the boundaries of marine biogeographic or other managed marine areas
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[MarineArt]
Marine sciences sets sail to the art world
‘Marine Art’ brought art students and teachers from the Academy for Visual Arts into contact with marine researchers from Ghent University, both located in Ghent (Belgium). By means of presentations, dialogues or visits to the research labs, the art students learned about the status of the ocean and marine sciences. The aim was to ‘infect’ them with insights into and with curiosity about our current ocean knowledge, and to give inspiration for their work(s) of art.
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Non-indigenous species in the Belgian North Sea and surrounding estuaries
A list of non-indigenous species in the Belgian North Sea and surrounding estuaries. For each species an information sheet is available which describes the characteristics of the species and how and when the species was introduced here, with the possible consequences.
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[LOTTO]
North Sea Observatory (Lotto call "Sustainable development")
Development of a semi-automatic sea observatory near the Belgian wind farms for monitoring of biodiversity on artificial reefs and seals platforms.
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Planet Ocean
Planet Ocean is an e-learning project for young persons from the higher secondary school (4th, 5th and 6th year). Through the open learning environment, students get free access to 24 modules that deal with daily research of coast, seas and oceans.
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[LifeWatch.be]
Regional Lifewatch Node - Marine and terrestrial observatories, models and datasystems.
LifeWatch is a distributed virtual laboratory and will be used for biodiversity research, for climatological and environmental impact studies. This large European research infrastructure (ESFRI) consists of several biodiversity observatories, databases, web services and modelling tools. With the regional node, VLIZ coordinates in collaboration with INBO the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch.
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[
OMES]
Research on the environmental effects of the Sigma plan
Multidisciplinary monitoring program of the Zeeschelde sponsored by Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and executed by the OMES consortium since 1995. Different components of the ecosystem are sampled: water quality, carbon cycle, phytoplankton, microphytobenthos, zooplankton, primary productivity and sedimentology.
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[OMES]
Research on the environmental effects of the Sigma plan
Multidisciplinary monitoring program of the Zeeschelde sponsored by Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and executed by the OMES consortium since 1995. Different components of the ecosystem are sampled: water quality, carbon cycle, phytoplankton, microphytobenthos, zooplankton, primary productivity and sedimentology.
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[ScheldeMonitor]
ScheldeMonitor: knowledge and information system for research and monitoring on the Scheldt...
The ScheldeMonitor is a Flemish-Dutch knowledge and information system for research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary. This portal gives you an overview of publications, institutions, projects, datasets, ... Related to the research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary and provides access to measurements and data products such as maps, charts and indicators.
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[SAIL]
Schéma d'Aménagement Intégré du Littoral
SAIL, formed in 1999, is a partnership of regional and local authorities, maritime organisations, and coastal and marine agencies, working together for the sustainable development of the Southern North Sea tidal area. One of the major accomplishments of the SAIL partnership are the sustainability indicators for the Southern North Sea region.
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[Wetenschatten]
Scientific Treasures: four centuries of Coastal Research in the picture
Four centuries of coastal research in the picture : historical illustrations, photo's, maps and plans of our own marine region, and of our most important sea researchers. All items have the necessary interpretation (title, source, ...) and a short description of the content.
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[GLOSS]
Sea Level Station Monitoring Facility
A global station monitoring service for real time sea level measuring stations in collaboration with the GLOSS (Global Sea Level Observing System) and IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission).
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[SeaDataNet II]
SeaDataNet II - Pan-European infrastructure for Ocean & Marine Data Management
SeaDataNet II is an EU project with over 50 partners - mainly data centers of European Marine Institutes - providing metadata and data using a common infrastructure.
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[BeNCoRe]
The Belgian Network for Coastal Research
the Belgian national network for coastal research aims at initiating and facilitating knowledge sharing and cooperation between Belgian marine institutes. BeNCoRe is part of the European Network ENCORA.
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[Zeewetenschappen]
The Science of the Sea
Life on Earth is fundamentally connected to the oceans. Food, water, medicines and resources, many coming from the sea. This website has the purpose to discover experimentally the fascinating mechanisms from the sea. You will find practical and field work to achieve research skills and to 'marinate' lessons.
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[WESTBANKS]
Understanding benthic, pelagic and air-borne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas
Follow-up project of the Trophos-project. Focus on the interactions between different functional groups in the foodweb by experimental studies and monitoring. The western banks are chosen because of the high diversity and the unique system of sandbanks .
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[WoRMS]
World Register of Marine Species
The aim of a World Register of Marine Species is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.
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Ik heb een vraag
Flemish and federal scientific institutes joined forces on the website www.ikhebeenvraag.be. Through this online information source anyone can ask (almost) any questions about science, history, language, politics, etc. A personal reply is formulated by a experienced scientist.
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Het grote Noordzeeviskookboek
VLIZ provides information on fish and seafood to this project (sponsored by As4-EFF and Flemish Government) for the redaction of a commercial cookbook (information and recipes) about North Sea seafood. Editorial: Marc Declerq. Recipes: Felix Alen. Photography: Heikki Verdurme. Publishing: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts.


[Fleet]
A century of sea fisheries in Belgium: the Belgian fishing fleet
The Belgian fishing fleet has had an interesting evolution: vessels, boats and ships changed owner, registration number or port of registration. Over time ships were converted or equipped with more efficient technology: sailing ships were replaced by steamers and later the entire fleet was gradually motorized. Because of these rapid changes it is not all that obvious to follow the characteristics or lifetime of a given ship from its construction to the moment the ship is taken out of service. These changes are now searchable by ship, for vessels operating from 1929 onwards.
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[LECOFISH]
An ecosystem approach in sustainable fisheries management through local ecological knowledge
LECOFISH stands for the use of local ecological knowledge which contributes to the ecosystem approach in a sustainable fisheries management. This project is funded by the Belgian Science Policy for 2 years and will be carried out by the Maritime Institute of Ghent University
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Archiving data on recreational fishing along the Belgian coast
To avoid the lost of data from recreational fisheries, which are an important source of information about life in the coastal zone, VLIZ has taken the initiative in cooperation with porters, fishermen and beach anglers, to describe and archive this data.
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[ArctEco]
ArctEco: Biodiversity and ecosystem function under changing climatic conditions – the Arct...
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. ArctEco aims at producing a conceptual model of the effect of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the Arctic. ArctEco will compile and disseminate taxonomic knowledge on Arctic areas.
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[As-Made]
Assessment of Marine Debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf: occurence and effects
Research on the occurrence and dispersion of marine debris in the Belgian marine environment through an integrated database, an assessment of the impact of this debris on marine organisms, a review of the financial impact of pollution and the development and evaluation of policy tools.
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[Vogelslachtoffers]
Beached bird countings along the Belgian coast
Results of the yearly countings of beached birds. Data can be consulted to create species or region-specific graphs.
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[BEWREMABI]
Belgian shipwrecks: hotspots for Marine Biodiversity
Project concerning the documenting of fauna found on five shipwrecks in the Belgian part of the North Sea.
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[BioVel]
Biodiversity Virtual e-Laboratory
BioVeL meets the needs of Europe’s Biodiversity Science research community with tools for pipelining data and analysis into efficient workflows, urgently needed to understand biodiversity in a rapidly changing environment.
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[VOC]
Birds Crisis Centre Oostende
Website of the crisis centre for birds and wild animals at Ostend (Belgium).
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[BBDO]
Bringing biogeographical data online
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. One of the main objectives of MarBEF Data Management is to create an integrated database of biogeographical information. This database will be the European contribution to the global Ocean Biogeographic Information System. To support this database, a taxonomic authority file and standard gazetteer are needed.
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[MarFish]
Causes and consequences of changing marine biodiversity - a fish and fisheries perspective
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The aim of MarFish is to detect and identify mechanisms of large-scale and long-term change in biodiversity of fish and other exploited species and to predict consequences of changes in biodiversity.
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[Kustbarometer]
Coastal barometer: sustainability indicators for the Belgian Coast
Sustainability indicators for the Belgian coastal area with data, a trend and an information sheet for each indicator.
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[Cocarde]
COld-water CArbonate Reservoir systems in Deep Environments
COCARDE aims to bring together Earth scientists from the research fields of modern and ancient carbonate mound systems to foster new views and strategies in the study of modern cold-water carbonate mounds and to explore the possibility of exporting new insights into the geological past.
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[CPPS]
Comision Permanente del Pacifico Sur
Database of regional cruises in the Southeast Pacific Ocean [Spanish].
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[iMarine]
Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living ...
The main objective of this project is to launch an initiative aimed at establishing and operating a data infrastructure supporting the principles of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources.
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[DEEPSETS]
Deep-sea & Extreme Environments, Patterns of Species and Ecosystem Time Series
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. DEEPSETS will bring together information and data from a diverse array of well-studied deep-sea and extreme habitats. Deep-sea research in Europe has a number of sites that are being studied on a long-term basis.
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[KNEU]
Developing a Knowledge Network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services...
Creating a Network of Knowledge on biodiversity is a challenge, especially because our knowledge is very much scattered.
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[DIMAS]
Development of an Integrated Database for the Management of Accidental Spills
The database provides information about the specific effects of chemicals for the marine environment.
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[4D4Life]
Distributed Dynamic Diversity Database for Life
A coherent classification and species checklist of the world's plants, animals, fungi and microbes is fundamental to access information about biodiversity. The Catalogue of Life provides the world with a unique service: a dynamically updated global index of validated scientific names, synonyms and common names integrated within a single taxonomic hierarchy.
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[EcoTox]
Ecotox project
The Ecotox database contains information on the most important potential pollutants of the North Sea. The list of chemicals was compiled on the basis of their toxicity, and the frequency with which they are transported over the North Sea.
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[BIOFUSE]
Effects of biodiversity on the functioning and stability of marine ecosystems
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The main aim of this project is to quantify the relationship between biodiversity and the functioning and stability of ecosystems with variable regimes of diversity and disturbance.
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[PESI]
EU-nomen, Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
EU-nomen enables the correct use of species names and their classification, to more accurately manage information on animals and plants. This is the first all-taxa inventory for European species.
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[EuroMarine]
EuroMarine - Integration of European Marine Research Networks of Excellence
EuroMarine seeks to integrate three major European marine FP6 networks of excellence (EUR-OCEANS, MarBEF and Marine Genomics Europe) into one organization, “The EuroMarine Consortium”.
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[EURO-BASIN]
European Basin Scale Analysis, Synthesis and Integration
EuRO-BASIN is the European branch of the International BASIN Program (Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis & Integration) focussing on climate and human forcing, ecosystem impact and consequences for living resources management in the North Atlantic.
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[MARPLAN]
European integration of marine microplankton research
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The objective of this project is to improve our understanding of marine plankton and how this diversity varies across temporal and spatial scales.
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[EMODNET-Chem]
European Marine Observation and Data Network - Chemical Lot
EMODnet aims to develop a system to make marine data available in support of scientists, policy makers and other end-users, within the framework of the new European maritime policy. A portal is developed for chemical data. VLIZ participates in this project that is co-ordinated by the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS).
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[DEDUCE]
Evaluation Model for the Sustainable Development of European Coastal Zones
The key challenge of DEDUCE is to prove the usefulness, viability and necessity of an integrated approach to information management by means of environmental and socio-economic indicators for measuring the degree of sustainable development of the European coastal zones.
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[FOODWEBIO]
Functioning of food webs across ecosystems of different biodiversity level
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The FOODWEBIO project will investigate and unravel the relations between diversity of habitats and species, and the functioning food webs in European coastal waters.
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[GBIRM]
Genetic Biodiversity
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The main objective of the project is to build a network permitting analysis of the factors influencing the genetic structure of populations of marine taxa to explain the establishment and the evolution of patterns of biodiversity at different scales, local to European. Such a network is necessary to assess the genetic responses of taxa to short term perturbations and global change.
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[GIFS]
Geography of Inshore Fisheries and Sustainability
The Channel & North Sea are home to a vitally important fishing industry that is facing significant changes and challenges. Policy responses to reductions in fish stocks impact on communities that depend upon fishing, with social and economic consequences. The aim of the GIFS project is to explore, across the common priority area, the socio-economic and cultural importance of inshore fishing and to provide a demonstration project in fisheries based community regeneration.
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[ISECA]
Information System on the Eutrophication of our Coastal Areas
Within ISECA an information portal on eutrophication in the 2 Seas area will be created. The portal will give access to an information server on actors within this area of expertise, dataproducts, communication products. A demonstrative evaluation tool on the waterquality driven by earth observation data will be made available.
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[MERMAID]
Innovative Multi-purposE off-shoRe platforMs: plAnnIng, Design and operation
MERMAID will develop concepts for next generation of offshore platforms for multi-use of ocean space for energy extraction, aquaculture and platform related transport.
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[MAFCONS]
Managing Fisheries to Conserve Groundfish and Benthic Invertebrate Species Diversity
MAFCONS aims to close the gap between our understanding of the community structuring processes that drive variation in diversity of fish and invertebrates and the mechanisms through which fishing affects these.
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[MIMAC]
Marine Incidents Management Cluster
This cluster brings together two projects about marine accidents : RAMA and DIMAS. RAMA focuses on Risk Analysis of Marine Activities and DIMAS on the Development of an Integrated Database for the Management of Accidental Spills.
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[MarPace]
Marine Propagation Along the Coasts of Europe
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. The aim of MarPace is to identify the intensity, timing, and temporal extent of production and (primary) settlement of pelagic propagules of benthic plants and animals along large-scale Pan-European transects representing spatial gradients in environmental conditions such as seawater temperature, insolation and seasonality.
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[MANUELA]
Meiobenthic And Nematode biodiversity Unravelling Ecological and Latitudinal Aspects
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. MANUELA aimed to integrate the scattered information on the dynamics and the functional role of meiofauna – with an emphasis on nematodes and copepods – into one single database so that joint analyses could be performed.
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[Micro B3]
Micro B3 (biodiversity, bioinformatics, biotechnology)
Micro B3 will develop innovative bioinformatic approaches and a legal framework to make large-scale data on marine viral, bacterial, archaeal and protists genomes and metagenomes accessible for marine ecosystems biology and to define new targets for biotechnological applications.
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[PAM]
Monitoring Porpoises through Passive Acoustic Monitoring
Ondersteuning van het INBO bij de maandelijkse vogeltellingen langs routes van op het onderzoeksplatform de R/V Zeeleeuw/ Simon Stevin. Naast de vogeltellingen (ESAS methode) worden door INBO ook waarnemingen van zeezoogdieren systematisch opgevolgd. Passieve akoestische detectie (hydrofoonkabel achter het schip) wordt aangewend om de kansen op detectie van cetacea te verhogen, een inschatting te maken van het aandeel ‘gemiste’ waarnemingen, en op deze manier een bijdrage te leveren tot een verbetering van de huidige schattingen van de populatie-aantallen op het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee. Praktische ondersteuning vanuit dept. Infrastructuur, coördinatie en uitvoering C&B.


[Eurofleets 2]
New operational Steps Towards an alliance of European research fleets
The project 'Eurofleets', coordinated by IFREMER (France), brings more than 20 scientific institutions together to take the first steps towards a coordinated European research fleet and associated infrastructure.
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NIOO datamanagement
NIOO data and information webportal. VLIZ helps to have a better organized data management and data storage.
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[NSBP]
North Sea Benthos Project
Integrating macrobenthic infaunal data (1999-2001) available from various sources, including national monitoring surveys, in North Sea soft bottom sediments.
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[NSBS]
North Sea Benthos Survey
Results of a survey of the North Sea benthos in 1986, covering the whole of the North Sea, and using standard sampling and processing techniques.
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North Sea Chefs & Fishermen
North Sea Chefs consists of a team of enthusiastic ambassadors who promote sustainable fish, unknown fish species and by-catch. The project aims to encourage consumers, hobby cooks and chefs to deal in a responsible way with lesser-known sustainable fish species and by-catch from the North Sea. VLIZ provides information on the biology and ecology of the species, fishing techniques, landings by Belgian fisheries and sustainability aspects of the species.
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Oil victims winter 2003
The website of the crisis centre that was founded in Ostend to take care of the oil victims which are washed ashore from the disaster with the Tricolor. The crisis shelter is currently not operational.
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[POGO]
Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans
For more than a decade, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, POGO, has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography.
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[PEGASO]
People for Ecosystem-based governance in Assessing Sustainable Development of Ocean and Coast
The main objective of PEGASO is to build on existing capacities and develop common novel approaches to support integrated policies for the coastal, marine and maritime realms of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Basins in ways that are consistent with and relevant to the implementation of the ICZM Protocol for the Mediterranean.
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[Quest4D]
Quantification of Erosion and Sedimentation patterns toTrace the natural versus anthropogeni...
Quest4D will mainly focus on a better definition of the sediment and sediment transport system of the Belgian Continental Shelf . Knowledge on these processes is crucial because of the central role of sediment in ecosystem studies.
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[RAMA]
Risk Analysis of Marine Activities in the Belgian part of the North Sea
RAMA aims to assess the environmental risks of spills by commercial shipping activities on the Belgian Part of the North Sea. Shipping patterns, transports of dangerous goods, probability of risks and the potential impact of incidents will be assessed. The risk analysis within this project studies both the chances of an accident happening and the environmental impacts in case of an accident.
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[Rosemeb]
Role of Secondary Metabolites in driving ecosystem functionality and maintaining ecosystem b...
One of the Responsive Mode Projects (RMP) of MarBEF. ROSEMEB aims at developing and applying novel and ecologically relevant methodologies to studies of allelopathy, antipredation, anifouling, antimicrobial, and other possible functions of secondary metabolites to better understand their diversity and what environmental factors trigger increased production of these compounds.
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[SE FINS]
SE FINS - Cluster programme


[SFS]
Sea for Society
Sea for Society (SFS) is a European Project funded by DG Research & Innovation under the Theme Science in Society. The project engages stakeholders, citizens and youth in an open and participatory dialogue to share knowledge, forge partnerships and empower actors on societal issues related to Ocean. In doing so, the project aims to develop and enrich the concept of "Blue Society", preparing at the same time mechanisms for cooperation. Public Engagement in Research (PER) as it relates to European maritime policy is at the core of the process. SFS will mobilize marine researchers, Civil Society Organisations - CSO's and individual citizens and youth in a mutual learning, open dialogue to debate key societal questions related with the Ocean, extract cross-cutting issues and propose challenge-driven solutions fostering a sustainable management of marine eco-system services by European citizens. The project has brought together a multidisciplinary partnership of 20 partners from 10 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO's, higher education institutes and business networks. From 2012 to 2015, SFS will shape the new concept of "Blue Society" and improve the governance of research related to the oceans and seas. It's a first step for a cross-sectorial dialogue in Europe on the relation between the Ocean and the citizens daily life activities. The project has a duration of 42 months and the kick-off meeting took place on June 6th to 8th in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, hosted by the project coordinator NAUSICAÄ.
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Seafood guide - for professional users
The seafood guide (website and printed) collects information for professionals who want to purchase responsible seafood on the Belgian, French and Swiss market. The guide gives the necessary objective information about the species most frequently consumed. Available in Dutch and French. In cooperation with SeaWeb Europe.
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Seastats
Objective and reliable figures about the coast and the sea.
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Shrimp and oral history - Week of Taste 2013
During the Week of taste (14-24 november 2013) Katrien Vervaele (maritime author), the Centre for Agrarian History (CAG) and VLIZ organize four eduactional sessions in four "assisted living and health care centres" along the Belgian coast for children classes (7-8 year old). The seniors go to work with the kids around the skills of shrimp peeling and oral history.
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[STARDUST]
Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Techn...
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[STARDUST 2]
Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Techn...
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[Ocean-Ukraine]
Strengthening the oceanographic data management and operational forecast services of 2 insti...
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[MARBIGEN]
Supporting research potential for MARine Biodiversity and GENomics in the Eastern Mediterranean
MARBIGEN is a European project of the Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) funded under the Seventh Framework Programme. Its objective is to fully exploit and further develop the research potential of the IMBG in the area of biodiversity.
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[DuurzameVis@UGent 2013]
Sustainable Fish Week @UGent (2013)
The two aims of the Sutainable Fish Week @UGent are: (1) UGent wants to choose for more sustainable seafood (student restaurants and university restaurant 't Pand); (2) Sensibilisation of the students and personnel eating in these resaturants. VLIZ supports the 2013-edition of this initiative by: joining the meetings and providing advise concerning fish, fisheries, experts in this field and the communication strategy for campagin (actions in resto's and debate evening - 18-22 November 2013). VLIZ is taking care of the contacts with the North Sea Foundation (NL) and WWF-Belgium about the delivery of Pocket Good Fish Guides, that will be distributed in the course of the campaign.
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The Belgica Association
From the first expeditions to the Poles to the rebirth of the Belgica. Website with documents, journal issues and photos about the Belgica in the past and present.
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[CaRMS]
The Canadian Register of Marine Species
The CaRMS is an integrative part of the World Register of Marine Species. WoRMS is an expert validated database in which an editorial board, of over 200 taxonomic experts, provides content and ensure quality control over species names within their taxon group of expertise. Because CaRMS is a subcategory in WoRMS it contributes names and information to WoRMS and in return gets data management and editorial support from VLIZ (the host institution of WoRMS).
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The Coastal Atlas
Online atlas about the Belgian coast with graphs, interactive maps, figures, …
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Yesterday's sea - An oral history project on the historical ecology of the southern North Se...
The project 'Yesterday's sea' is a step towards the ecological history of the southern North Sea by a survey focused on the evolution of the sea with the fishermen (period 1930 to 1980). To open up the information and experiences, the book 'De Zee van Toen: Een historisch-ecologische verkenning van de zuidelijke Noordzee (1930-1980), uit de mond van Vlaams vissers' was released.
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Zeeleeuw monitoring cruises, long term multidisciplinary monitoring of the Belgian Continent...
Since April 2002 the Zeeleeuw sails every month along the Belgian coastal waters, measuring basic water parameters, and collecting water- and sediment samples. The samples are analysed by a group of experts of different disciplines, the results are collected in a database, and then made available online.
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