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How much CO2 the ocean absorbs? Overview of all measurements in the SOCAT-atlas

Added on: 2021-08-25
The latest edition of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) containing, 31 million quality controlled in situ observations from the period 1957-2021, shows how CO2 uptake by the global ocean has increased. The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) – both supported by the Flanders’ government – also contribute to this community-driven database. Atlas-based data products help to quantify the carbon sink and ocean acidification, as well as to evaluate sensor data and biogeochemical climate models, which provide key information to policymakers in the climate negotiations. ...

#pCO2compare: Great intercalibration experiment aims to reduce uncertainties in the ocean CO2 observations

Added on: 2021-06-30
The global ocean captures approximately 25% of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. However, this figure still entails large uncertainties. For the next two weeks, the global marine carbon observation community gathers with developers of relevant measuring systems and sensors in Ostend, Belgium for a large intercalibration exercise in the Marine Station Oostende of VLIZ. The European research infrastructure ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) ocean community is taking the lead in this effort aiming to reduce the uncertainties in the global observations. ...

RV Simon Stevin receives ICOS label for standardised greenhouse gas measurements

Added on: 2021-06-07
ICOS, Integrated Carbon Observation System, announces that 12 more greenhouse gas measurement stations have passed the rigorous ICOS quality assurance process for standardised data production. The newly certified stations, among which the Flemish research vessel Simon Stevin, are located in seven out of 13 ICOS member countries, and in all three ICOS domains – atmosphere, ecosystem and ocean. These include three stations in Italy, two stations in Germany, Denmark and Finland, as well as one station in Belgium, Czech Republic, and Norway. ...

Artificial reefs help keep an eye on marine ecosystems

Added on: 2020-12-17
Researchers have created a network of more than 130 artificial reefs – Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) – on the ocean floor in all the European regional seas, helping scientists to understand long-term changes in coastal habitats and providing an early warning system for the arrival of non-indigenous species, the impact of climate change or human activities. ...

Get started now to guarantee our North Sea a sustainable future in 2050

Added on: 2019-12-19
The Think Thank North Sea is working on a widely supported long-term vision 2050 for the Belgian part of the North Sea. Two working groups set to work in 2019 on the themes 'Working with nature' and 'Living with climate change'. They now come up with recommendations and core principles that stakeholders can take into account in their operations today to guarantee a nice future for our part of the North Sea in 2050. The findings and recommendations of the two working groups are presented in concise and beautifully illustrated vision texts. Everyone can get started with it within his or her field! Whether you are a citizen, a scientist, a policy maker or work in industry. ...

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