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Science for a Sustainable Development
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Dutch title: Wetenschap voor een duurzame ontwikkeling
Acronym: SSD
Period: January 2006 till December 2012
Status: Completed

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Child projects (19)  Top | Institute | Publication 
  • Antarctic Microbial Biodiversity: The importance of geographical and ecological factors, more
  • Antarctic Subglacial Processes and Interactions: the role of transition zones in ice sheet stability, more
  • Assessment of modelling uncertainties in long-term climate and sea- level change projections, more
  • Biodiversity of three representative groups of the Antarctic Zoobenthos - Coping with Change, more
  • Climate change impact on hydrological extremes along rivers and urban drainage systems, more
  • Combined Effect of Changing Hydroclimate and Human Activity on Coastal Ecosystem Health, more
  • Critical evaluation of marine calcareous skeletons as recorders of global climate change, more
  • Cyanobacterial blooms: toxicity, diversity, modelling and management, more
  • Evaluation of climate change impacts and adaptation responses for marine activities, more
  • Holocene climate variability and ecosystem change in coastal East and Maritime Antarctica, more
  • Integrated Risk Assessment and Monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone, more
  • Integrated Study of Southern Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate Interactions in the Anthropocene, more
  • Land Use Changes and Si Transport through the Scheldt River Basin, more
  • Macrophytes and nutrient dynamics: process and field studies in the upper reaches of river bassins, more
  • Microbial diversity and metal fluxes in contaminated North Sea sediments, more
  • Quantification of Erosion and Sedimentation patterns to Trace the natural versus anthropogenic sediment dynamics, more
  • Role of pelagic calcification and export of carbonate production in climate change, more
  • Towards an integrated decision tool for adaptation measures - Case study: floods, more
  • Understanding benthic, pelagic and air-borne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas, more

Abstract:
The seventh phase of the North Sea research programme (2006-2010) is included in the programme "Science for a Sustainable Development " SSD". This structure ensures interactions with other research domains such as energy, transport and mobility, agri-food, climate, biodiversity, and terrestrial ecosystems lying at the basis of a sustainable development policy.

Given the special role of the North Sea for our country’s cultural, social, and economic well-being and to give the adequate scientific support to sustainable management and exploitation of the North Sea special attention to North Sea research is further given within the SSD programme.

The programme offers possibilities for the internationalisation of Belgian research via among others the ERA-NET initiative. The Belgian Science Policy is involved in several ERA-Nets. This opens the way to developing and implementing joint transnational activities such as joint calls, project clustering, etc.

The Belgian Science Policy participated in the first joint-call of the AMPERA ERA-NET.

The total research budget for North Sea research within the SSD will amount to ± 8,3 MEURO.

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  • Claessens, M.; Rappé, K.; Monteyne, E.; Wille, K.; Goffin, A.; Ghekiere, A.; Mees, J.; Vanhaecke, L.; De Brabander, H.; Roose, P.; Vincx, M.; Janssen, C.R. (2013). Integrated risk assessment and monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone: INRAM: Final Report. SD/NS/02. Belgian Science Policy Office: Brussels. 114 pp., more

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