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MONITB: Monitoring hydrography, water quality & contaminants for the Belgian continental shelf area and Western Scheldt [Monitoring hydrografie, waterkwaliteit en contaminanten voor het Belgische continentaal plat en de Westerschelde]
Contact: Belgisch Marien Data Centrum (IRScNB/KBIN-BMDC), more

Availability: The data can be made available upon request, please use contact information.

Description
The monitoring of the North Sea environment, especially in the area of the Belgian continental shelf and in the estuary of the Scheldt river (Western Scheldt) was initiated at MUMM in 1977. more

Since 1977 the pattern of about 25 sampling stations at sea and 7 in the estuary, each one being visited with a frequency of 6 to 10 times a year, and water being taken from a standard depth of - 3m almost didn't changed. Several laboratories from Belgian universities and State research institutes are currently participating in that monitoring effort. The monitoring results for contaminants in biota and sediment are mainly received from the Fisheries Department. A first quality control has been performed in order to mark or eliminate spurious data. Currently the database is being converted in a new integrated system with query facilities and an inventory on the web. Used instruments : SCTD probes, Beckman salinometer, Niskin bottles, box corers, grab samplers and beam trawl. Laboratory analytical equipment.

Scope
Themes:
Biology, Biology > Flora, Bottom samples (e.g. core, dredge, grab), Coastal studies (e.g. shores, estuaries), Meteorology, Meteorology > Atmospheric composition, Physical, Physical > Hydrography (e.g. T,S), Water composition, Water composition > Nutrients
Keywords:
Marine, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Heavy metals, Hydrography, Meteorology, Nutrients (mineral), Pigments, ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS), ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde, Belgium, Zeeschelde

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

Temporal coverage
From 1977 on [In Progress]

Parameters
Ammonium (NH4+), Atmospheric humidity, Cadmium (Cd), Copper (Cu), DDT (+DDD, DDE), Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Hexachlorocyclohexane compounds (HCH), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Metals, Nitrate (NO3-) + Nitrite (NO2-), Phosphate (PO43-), Salinity, Secchi depth, Silicate (SiO44-), Sum of 7 PCBs, Temperature in water, Total suspended matter , Wind direction, Wind speed, Zinc (Zn)

Contributors
Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Departement Beheer van het Mariene Ecosysteem; Beheerseenheid Mathematisch Model Noordzee en Schelde-estuarium; Belgisch Marien Data Centrum (BMDC), moredata manager
Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu (OD Natuur), moredata creator
Université Libre de Bruxelles; École Interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs; Laboratoire d'Écologie des Systèmes Aquatiques (ESA), moredata creator
Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Landbouw en Visserij; Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO), moredata creator
Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen & Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Chemie; Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry (AMGC), moredata creator

Related datasets
Child datasets:
MONIT-Biota: Monitoring of metals and organic compounds in biota in the Belgian part of the North Sea, more
MONIT-SED: Monitoring of metals and organic compounds in sediments in the Belgian part of the North Sea, more
MONIT-Seawater: Monitoring waterquality of the Belgian Continental Shelf and the Scheldt estuary, more
MONIT-rad: Radiological monitoring of the Belgian Continental Shelf., more
Other relations:
ODAS: Ocean Data Acquisition System - Underway data from the RV Belgica, more
Tripod measurements for the Belgian part of The North Sea, more

Project
MONIT: Monitoring the Belgian Continental Shelf and the Scheldt estuary, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2006-10-02
Information last updated: 2015-10-06
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