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Projects 2000-2018

4 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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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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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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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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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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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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EMODnet Data ingestion
Projectvoorstel binnen Marine Knowledge 2020, gecoördineerd door HCMR en MARIS waarbij een datasysteem ontwikkeld wordt om dataleveranciers eenvoudiger data te laten ontsluiten en beschikbaar te maken. Dit alles gebaseerd op bestaande technologieën en complementair met de EMODnet infrastructuur. Zeer groot consortium van Europese datacentra.
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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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Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons
This project will work on the implementation of the Open Science Commons by expanding the capabilities of a European backbone of federated services for compute, storage, data, communication, knowledge and expertise, complementing community-specific capabilities. The goal of the LifeWatch EGI CC is to capture and address the requirements of Biodiversity and Ecosystems research communities. To achieve this the CC will (1) deploy cloud and GPGPU based e-Infrastructure services required to support data management, data processing and modelling for Ecological Observatories, (2) explore possibilities to increase the participation of citizens in data-intensive biodiversity research, (3) facilitate the adoption and exploitation of the EGI infrastructure by the LifeWatch user community.
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European Marine Biology Resource Centre preparatory phase 2
EMBRC is a distributed infrastructure of marine biology and ecology, encompassing aquaculture and biotechnology, exploiting the latest “omics”, analytical and imaging technologies, and providing on site and remote scientific and technical services to the scientific community of the public and private sector. This project comprises the second preparatory phase.

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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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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European Marine Observation and Data Network - Chemical Lot II
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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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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[ODIP 2]
Extending the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform
ODIP 2 is proposed to continue and extend the successful activities of the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) that was initiated as part of the 3 year FP7 ODIP project, starting October 2012. ODIP 2 has a focus on developing interoperability between ocean and data management infrastructures in Europe, USA and Australia, thereby engaging leading organisations and projects driving and operating these regional infrastructures.

Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea
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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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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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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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Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eX...
JERICO-Next is proposed to continue the joint European research infrastructure network for coastal observatories developed under FP7.
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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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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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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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Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET
The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT) is a consortium of national funding agencies seeking complementarities between national activities by pooling resources to undertake joint funding of transnational projects in the area of marine biotechnology. The activities including the development of a Strategic Roadmap for marine biotechnology will support the European bioeconomy.
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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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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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Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System
The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements and systems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic
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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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Regional Lifewatch Node - Marine and terrestrial observatories, models and data systems.
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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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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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: 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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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Aquatic species Registry Exchange and Services
The main objective of this project is to ensure and enhance the interoperability and public availability of the aquatic species databases WoRMS and FADA through the development of a set of web services. Such services can guarantee the automatic and timely exchange of data between WoRMS and FADA, but also expose the data for use in other initiatives and applications. On top of these web services, we aim to develop tools to perform data quality control of species related data, by improving and extending the ‘fuzzy matching algorithm for genus and species scientific names’ (Taxamatch) tool and building on other existing services.
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Archiving data on recreational fishing along the Belgian coast
To avoid the loss 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 shrimpers, anglers and beach fishermen, to describe and archive this data.
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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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Assessing potential World Heritage marine sites in the Western Indian Ocean
Presently, only 45 World Sites (out of a total of nearly 936) are listed specifically for their coastal and/or marine values, on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Within the Indian Ocean region, only two marine sites are inscribed in the World Heritage list: iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa and Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles. Several reports however, illustrate that various unique coastal and marine environments with potential Outstanding Universal Value exist in the Indian Ocean, in particular in areas under the jurisdiction of African countries.
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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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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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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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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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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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Comision Permanente del Pacifico Sur
Database of regional cruises in the Southeast Pacific Ocean [Spanish].

COST Oceans Past Platform
The Action, Oceans Past Platform (OPP), aims to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans. The Integrative Platform will lower the barriers between human, social and natural sciences; multiply the learning capacity of research environments; and enable knowledge transfer and co-production among researchers and other societal actors, specifically by integrating historical findings of scale and intensity of resource use into management and policy frameworks. The oceans offer rich resources for feeding a hungry world. However, the sea is an alien space in a sense that the land is not. Fishing requires skills that must be learnt, it presupposes culinary preferences, technical ability, knowledge of target species, and a backdrop of material and intangible culture. OPP asks when, how and with what socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological implications humans have impacted marine life, primarily in European seas in the last two millennia. The Action calls on historians, archaeologists and social scientists as well as colleagues from the marine sciences to engage in dialogue and collaboration with ocean and coastal managers. OPP will develop historical descriptors and indicators for marine and coastal management.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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EMODnet Bio III]
European Marine Observation and Data Network- Biology
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 24 European partners and develops an online data portal.
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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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Expanding OBIS with environmental data
The main objectives of this pilot project are (i) to ensure mixed data sets stay together, (ii) to demonstrate that OBIS nodes, NODCs and ADUs, that hold mixed data sets, can collaborate on the joint management and exchange of biodiversity observation data including environmental measurements, and (iii) to show what the benefit of this approach is for marine sciences, biological analysis and modelling. This pilot project will also investigate how these mixed datasets can additionally flow to regional and global repositories such as OceanDataPortal, World Ocean Database etc.

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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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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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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Historical maps of the coastal zone
In HisGISKust, historical maps from the 16th, 17th and 18th century with specific information about the Belgian coast and/or the Scheldt are digitally disclosed. The maps are georeferenced in order to visualise and compare them in a standardised way. Derived products and metadata of the maps are made available to end users in open access. Furthermore, time-lapse movies with the evolution of the coastal zone and information about toponyms and cartographers are made available.
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Identification shark and ray
In order to realize a species-specific approach for sharks and rays within the Flemish fishery chain determination resources and trainings (on board, in fish market and fisheries education) will be forseen, as well as an analysis of improvements to enhance species traceability after landing. Project by Natuurpunt with ILVO and VLIZ, in coorperation with Redercentrale, Mercator Instituut and Vlaamse Visveiling.
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Impact of airgun sound exposure on fish: integrating population-level modelling and collect...
The PCAD4COD project is an integrated set of studies into the impact of airgun sounds on fish by modelling energy-flow, individual behaviour and population dynamics (component I) as well as collecting field data on behaviour, physiology, growth and maturation. The field data will be on adult, tagged, free-ranging fish exposed to a real seismic survey in open water (component II) and on adult and juvenile, captive, semi-free-ranging fish exposed to a scaled sound or airgun source in a harbour (component III). In addition, sound field properties in terms of sound pressure and particle motion will be thoroughly measured and modelled for both types of field studies (component IV). This project is conducted in the context of the Joint Industry Programme on E&P Sound and Marine Life on Establishing the sensitivity of Fish to Seismic Activities. VLIZ is involved in component II, in which field data on the behaviour of adult, tagged, free-ranging cod will be collected during synchronous treatment and control sessions. Data collected during this single seismic survey will yield input parameters for the modellers. Data collection on free-ranging fish provides us with critical insights needed for the realworld event of seismic surveys at sea.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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COLUMBUS initiative]
Monitoring, Managing and Transferring Marine and Maritime Knowledge for Sustainable Blue Gr...
The development of a strategy to monitor and identify and select successful marine and maritime research projects in terms of outputs and impacts for the 'Blue Growth' agenda as well as support to the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
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[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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New Strategies for monitoring and risk assessment of Hazardous chemicals in the marine
In this research project, novel and integrated passive sampler (PS)-based approaches (modelling and measurements) will be developed for both chemical exposure (monitoring) and biological effect assessment (passive dosing). Through the use of a broader array of PS techniques, applicable in a wide polarity range, the project will focus on the quantitation of an extended set of priority and emerging organic micropollutants and metals (targeted approach).
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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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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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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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NorthSeaChefs & 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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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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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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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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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 - Cluster programme
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Sea Change]
Sea Change
Sea Change aims to create a deeper understanding of how the health of European citizens depends on the health of our ocean, and how the health of our ocean depends on the actions of our citizens. Sea Change aims to increase Ocean Literacy among the European population and to promote responsible behaviour of citizens towards the ocean and its resources. This is done through a variety of activities, events and (online) publications.
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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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Small Scale Fisheries
This project (VLIZ, ILVO) aims at mapping the intensity and capacity of the recreational fisheries with boats in Belgium. A second work package will advice policy to facilitate the transition from recreational to commercial fisheries.
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Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Techn...
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Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Techn...
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Strengthening the oceanographic data management and operational forecast services of 2 insti...
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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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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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Towards a resilient coastal zone. Wave action in a changing climate: effects on the dynamics...
The CREST project aims to increase the knowledge of coastal processes (waves, tides, sediment transport, wind … ) near the coast and on land and this within the framework of coastal safety.
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Yesterday's sea - An oral history project
The project 'Yesterday's sea' is an oral history project of the southern North Sea, as told by flemish professional fishermen (1930-1980). The information and experiences are published as a book 'De Zee van Toen: Een historisch-ecologische verkenning van de zuidelijke Noordzee (1930-1980), uit de mond van Vlaams vissers'.
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Yearly publication of VLIZ with all kinds of petty facts about the sea en the beach.
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