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Inland water macroinvertebrate occurrences in Flanders, Belgium
Citation
Vannevel R, De Cooman W, Gabriels W, Lavens F, Mertens J, Vervaeke B, Brosens D (2021): Inland water macroinvertebrate occurrences in Flanders, Belgium. v1.14. Flanders Environment Agency (VMM). Dataset/Samplingevent. https://doi.org/10.15468/4cvbka

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

Description
The Flemish Environment Agency (VMM) is performing biological water quality assessments on inland waters in Flanders (Belgium) since 1989 and sediment quality assessments since 2000. The water quality monitoring network is a combined physico-chemical and biological network, the biological component focusing on macro-invertebrates. The sediment monitoring program produces biological data to assess sediment quality. Both monitoring programs aim to provide index values, applying a similar conceptual methodology based on the presence of macro-invertebrates. The biological data obtained from both monitoring networks are consolidated in the VMM database. The dataset published contains: 283,141 records of 207 observed taxa from 4,152 monitoring sites located on more than 669 different water courses.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Fresh water, Inland water environment, Belgium: Flanders, Annelida, Coelenterata, Crustacea, Mollusca, Nemertea, Platyhelminthes

Geographical coverage
Belgium: Flanders

Temporal coverage
15 March 1989 - 30 November 2016

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Coelenterata [WoRMS]
Crustacea [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Nemertea [WoRMS]
Platyhelminthes [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Leefmilieu, Natuur en Energie; Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Omgeving; Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO), moredata creator

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2018-11-29
Information last updated: 2021-07-13
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