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How to inventory the names of all species on Earth

Added on: 2018-09-12
Marine biologists say they have demonstrated an e-solution to the management of the millions of names of animals and plants on Earth that other biologists could adopt. ...

VLIZ-ROV Genesis operates in Spanish waters

Added on: 2018-09-04
The ‘Remotely Operated Vehicle’ (ROV) Genesis of VLIZ spent the last two and a half weeks in the Spanish Mediterranean aboard the Spanish research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa. Commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) the underwater robot carried out visual observations of the seafloor and the overlying water column in the wake of the Apollo II, a crawler developed for deep-sea mining activities. ...

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. ...

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