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A biological valuation map for the Belgian part of the North Sea (BWZEE), maps
Contact: Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (UGent-MARBIOL), more

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Availability: Unrestricted
The data are freely available to anybody and may be used for any purpose. Usage acknowledgement may be required

Description
The marine Biological Valuation Map includes and integrates information on all marine ecosystem components for which detailed spatial distribution data are available. At the Belgian Continental Shelf such data are primarily available for the macrobenthos and seabirds (macrobenthos: UGent-MACRODAT database; seabirds: IN database). To a lesser extent, but still useful from a valuing perspective, data on the spatial distribution of the epi- and hyperbenthos exist (UGent and DVZ databases). The biological valuation of the Belgian Continental Shelf is based on the spatial distribution of seabirds and macrobenthos (full coverage baseline Biological Valuation Map), while epi- and hyperbenthos data are used as an upgrade (upgraded Biological Valuation Map for selected areas).

Scope
Keywords:
Marine, Birds, Characteristics, Indicators, Macrobenthos, Sediment composition, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS)

Geographical coverage
ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]

Contributors
Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more
Onderzoeksdomein Visserij, more
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Geologie; Renard Centre of Marine Geology (RCMG), more
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), more

Project
BWZEE: A biological valuation map for the Belgian Continental Shelf, more

Publication
Used in this dataset:
Derous, S. et al. (2007). A biological valuation map for the Belgian part of the North Sea (BWZEE). Belgian Science Policy: Brussel. 161 pp., more
Courtens, W.; Stienen, E.W.M. (2006). Marine biological valuation of seabirds in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Rapport van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, A.2006.122. Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek: Brussel. 25 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: GIS maps
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2012-09-17
Information last updated: 2014-11-03
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