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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. ...

LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: LifeWatch Cetacean passive acoustic sensor network

Added on: 2017-10-10
On October 5th-6th 2017, 14 experts met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend to explore and analyze the C-POD data generated by the Belgian LifeWatch Cetacean passive acoustic sensor network. ...

Building a Cetacean Passive Acoustic Network in Belgian marine waters

Added on: 2016-09-13
Harbour porpoises and dolphins are often seen in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Because these animals do not easy show, it is quite difficult for scientists to estimate their numbers and distribution. Currently the VLIZ is developing – within the framework of the LifeWatch project – a network of acoustic receivers, able to detect the echolocation sounds produced by harbour porpoises and dolphins. After some number crunching one is able to infer the species present in our marine waters and in the longer term describe some trends. ...

New in the Belgian LifeWatch Marine Observatory: Cetacean Passive Acoustic Network

Added on: 2016-08-17
Recently, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) started with the construction of a permanent Cetacean Passive Acoustic Network in the Belgian Part of the North Sea (BPNS), as part of the Belgian LifeWatch Marine Observatory, to record the presence of harbour porpoises and dolphins. ...