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IMERS: Integrated Marine Environmental Samples and Readings

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
The IMERS database was set up at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in response to the growing need of a general repository that could store the data resulting from sampling campaigns in a uniform way. The database has been designed for storing measurement data based on sampling of water, sediment, suspended matter and biota. The measurement data, the so-called readings, are stored together with a maximum of information on the actual sampling event that lay at the basis of the measurement. more

The IMERS database was set up at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in response to the growing need of a general repository that could store the data resulting from sampling campaigns in a uniform way. The database has been designed for storing measurement data based on sampling of water, sediment, suspended matter and biota. The measurement data, the so-called readings, are stored together with a maximum of information on the actual sampling event that lay at the basis of the measurement. This way, for example biotic readings can be queried together with the environmental readings that were registered during the same visit of a station. There is a maximum of integration of the database with the other databases managed at the Flanders Marine Data and Information Centre. All species records in the IMERS database are directly linked to the APHIA database (WoRMS). The persons and institutes in the IMERS database are linked to IMIS (Integrated Marine Information System). Where relevant the trips in the IMERS database are linked to the trips in MIDAS (Marine Information and Data Acquisition System). For own use and to allow external users of the database to manually input data into the IMERS system, an input tool has been developed. This input programme can be used for both online and offline input. In the case of offline input (for example on board of a research vessel) the data is temporarily stored in a local database before it is uploaded to the server database. Currently the IMERS database contains over 230,000 biotic records and more than 31,000 records for environmental parameters. A web interface allowing online consultation of the public part of these data can be found on http://www.vliz.be/vmdcdata/imers.

Scope
Themes:
Biology, Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Keywords:
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Data storage, Samples, Water sampling, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, ANE, North East Atlantic, Belgium, Zeeschelde

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]
ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]
ANE, North East Atlantic [Marine Regions]
Belgium, Zeeschelde [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1904 on [In Progress]

Contributors
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developerdata manager

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Published datasets:
BEWREMABI dataset: Belgian Shipwreck - hotspots for Marine Biodiversity: Macrofauna in vicinity of shipwrecks, more
BEWREMABI dataset: Belgian Shipwreck - hotspots for Marine Biodiversity: Macrofauna on shipwrecks, more
BEWREMABI dataset: Belgian Shipwreck - hotspots for Marine Biodiversity: Meiofauna, more
Characterisation of the habitat of the Flemish banks, the maritime country banks and of the hinder banks on the basis of the hyper benthos communities, more
Chemical analysis of PAK's, Organotin, PCB's, PBDE's and organochlorine pesticides as possible endocrine disruptors in Scheldt estuary, more
Dispersal of pelagic organisms of the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
Ecological hyperbenthic data of the Scheldt estuary: ENDIS-RISKS data (2002-2005), more
Ecological hyperbenthic data of the Scheldt estuary: historical data (1988-2001), more
Epi- and hyperbenthic communities of Belgian sandy beaches, more
Hyperbenthic communities of the North Sea, more
INRAM: Benthic fauna monitoring in Belgian harbours and Belgian coastal area, more
Linking pelagic food web and its top predators: bird and prey fish sampling - Westbanks, more
TROPHOS: Macrobenthos: temporal patterns for stations 115b and 330 in the Belgian Part of the North Sea, more
Metabolism, reproduction and moulting as endpoints to study endocrine disruption of Neomysis integerin the Scheldt Estuary, more
Spatial and temporal epibenthos and hyperbenthos variations at the Belgian Continental Shelf monitoring stations, more
Spatial distribution in sediment characteristics and benthic activity on the northwestern Black Sea shelf: macrobenthos, more
Survey dataset on Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) and other gobies at the Belgian Coast, Oosterschelde, Westerschelde and at nuclear plants near Doel & Borssele, more
The hyperbenthos of subtidal sandbanks on the Belgian Continental Shelf: habitats and indicator species, more
Trophic interactions at the sediment-water interface: effect of beam-trawling on Lanice and associated fauna - partly Westbanks, more
TROPHOS/PODO-I integrated database, more
(Partly) included in:
PROJECT DATA: Integrated data from projects PODOI and Trophos (1997-2006), more

Project
OMES 5 Main: Onderzoek naar de gevolgen van het Sigmaplan, baggeractiviteiten en havenuitbreiding in de Zeeschelde op het milieu, more
OMES 5: Studie naar de basiswaterkwaliteit in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
OMES 5: Studie naar de koolstofcyclus in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
OMES 5: Studie naar de primaire productie in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
OMES 5: Studie naar de sedimentologie en het lichtklimaat in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
OMES 5: Studie naar het fytoplankton in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
OMES 5: Studie naar het zoöplankton van in het Vlaams gedeelte van het Schelde-estuarium, more
BEWREMABI: Belgian Shipwreck: hotspots for Marine Biodiversity, more
ENDIS-RISKS: Endocrine disruption in the Scheldt Estuary: distribution, exposure and effects, more
Hyperbenthic communities of beaches: structure and interaction with demersal fish and epibenthic macro-Crustacea, more
IMPULS: Impulsprogramme "Marine Sciences", more
JEEP: Major biological processes in European tidal estuaries, more
MATURE: Biogeochemistry of the maximum turbidity zone in estuaries, more
OMES 1 Main: Research on the environmental effects of the SIGMA plan, more
OMES 2 Main: Integration of the 'OMES' projects, more
OMES 3 Main: Effects of dredgings and harbour expansion on the environment, more
OMES 4 Main: Research on the environmental effects of the SIGMA plan: Effects of dredgings and harbour expansion on the environment, more
STARDUST: Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Technologies, more
Structural and functional biodiversity of North Sea ecosystems: species and their habitats as indicator for the sustainable management of the BCS, more
TROPHOS: Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea, more
Voordelta*4: hyperbenthosonderzoek Voordelta, more

Publication
Describing this dataset:
Deneudt, K. et al. (2007). IMERS, a general data system for storage of marine survey data Anno 2007, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) VLIZ Young Scientists' Day, Brugge, Belgium 2 March 2007: book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 39: pp. 32-33, more
Brackez, R. et al. (2007). Simple online access to marine survey data using the IMERS web interface, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) VLIZ Young Scientists' Day, Brugge, Belgium 2 March 2007: book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 39: pp. 23, more
Deneudt, K. et al. (2005). The IMERS database, an integrated way of storing marine environmental readings and samplings, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) VLIZ Young Scientists' Day, Brugge, Belgium 25 February 2005: book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 20: pp. 30, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2007-08-17
Information last updated: 2014-08-22
All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy