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Research action SPSD-I: Sustainable management of the North Sea
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Acronym: SPSD-I
Period: January 1997 till December 2003
Status: Completed

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Child projects (36)  Top | Institute | Publications 
  • "Paardenmarkt" site evaluation, more
  • Advanced modelling and research on eutrophication, more
  • An integrated approach to assess carbon dynamics in the Southern Ocean, more
  • Antarctic shelf-slope dynamics: an innovative geophysical approach, more
  • Contribution of SAR (RADARSAT) and AVNIR (ADEOS) images to the study of bathymetry and wave field in the Bay of Hai Phong (Vietnam), more
  • Detecting zooplankton streaks in salt lakes using high resolution water surface colour processing, more
  • Development of methods for the analysis of hydrocarbons and organic micro-pollutants in the marine environment, more
  • Dynamics of the Antarctic ice cap and climate changes (a contribution to EPICA), more
  • Ecofunctional biodiversity of benthic crustacean taxocoenoses in the Southern Ocean, more
  • Epica basal ice - Eastern Antarctica, more
  • Evaluation of possible impacts of endocrine disruptors on the North Sea ecosystem, more
  • Evaluation of the quality of turbot fry on the stock enhancement success in the North Sea, more
  • Fast and low cost analysis of dioxin-like compounds in marine matrices, more
  • Forecasting and management of the inundation debits in the water ways by using satellite data and the application of a hydrologic simulation model, more
  • Identification of maritime zones affected by eutrophication, more
  • Imaging radar for mapping and monitoring of wetland ecosystems in the Chad Basin, more
  • Impact assessment and remediation of anthropogenic interventions on fish populations, more
  • Integrated and dynamical oceanographic data management, more
  • Intensive evaluation of the evolution of a protected benthic habitat, more
  • Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
  • Marine Resources Damage Assessment and Sustainable Management of the North Sea, more
  • Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Cap (a contribution to EPICA), more
  • Meiobenthic biodiversity and fluxes within the Antarctic biogeochemical environment, more
  • Monitoring of volatile organic compounds in marine organisms: analysis, quality assurance and feasibility, more
  • North Sea seabirds and marine mammals: pathology and ecotoxicology, more
  • Optical remote sensing support for a coastal zone Environmental Impact Study, more
  • Quality status and terrestrial inputs for the North Sea, more
  • Region-specific optical remote sensing for coastal zone applications, more
  • Research on natural sand transports on the Belgian continental shelf, more
  • Response of the Southern Ocean global ecosystem to physical and trophic constraints, more
  • Structural and functional biodiversity of North Sea ecosystems: species and their habitats as indicator for the sustainable management of the BCS, more
  • Study of convective movements in the Southern Ocean, more
  • Study of the sedimentation plumes in large delta systems, using field measurements and satellite data, more
  • The Biogeochemistry of Nutrients, Metals and Organic Micropollutants in the North Sea, more
  • The collection Gustave Gilson as a historical reference framework for the Belgian marine fauna: feasibility study, more
  • The impact on North Sea organisms of pollutants associated with sediment, more

Abstract:
In January 1997 the Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" was launched in the framework of the first Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD-I). The overall budget of this programme was 10,3 MEURO.

In the context of the "International Conferences on the Protection of the North Sea" and with a view to cooperating with other North Sea coastal states, this programme aimed to contribute to the management and sustainable development of the North Sea and its natural resources.

To this end the authorities need:

  • a better understanding of the structure and functioning of the North Sea ecosystem;
  • a better understanding of the impact of human activities on the North Sea ecosystem:
  • to gain a better objective understanding of the notion of 'how the North Sea can be sustainably exploited to ensure that those living on its banks can maintain a high standard of living';
  • to gain a better understanding of the socioeconomic consequences which accompany the negative impact of human activities on the North Sea ecosystem;
  • to translate properly founded scientific information and opinions from the research community into a policy designed to establish the most favourable balance possible between the various forms of exploitation of the North Sea and inform the public.

19 projects were financed in total.

Publications (4)  Top | Institute | Projects 
  • Degraer, S.; Van Lancker, V.; Moerkerke, G.; Vincx, M.; Jacobs, P.; Henriet, J. P. (2002). Intensive evaluation of the evolution of a protected benthic habitat: HABITAT. Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel. 124 pp., more
  • Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel, more
  • (S.d.). Sustainable management of the North Sea: project descriptions. DWTC/SSTC: Brussel. 20 sheets pp., more
  • Van Loen, H.; Houziaux, J.-S. (2002). The collection of Gustave Gilson as a reference framework for the Belgian marine fauna: feasibility study. Final report. Research Contract MN/36/94. Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD I): Programme "Sustainable Management of the North Sea" = Plan voor wetenschappelijke ondersteuning van een beleid gericht op duurzame ontwikkeling (PODO I): Programma "Duurzaam beheer van de Noordzee". Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid = Belgian Science Policy = Politique Scientifique Fédérale: Brussel. 41 + annexes pp., more

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