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Monitoring the sand extraction on the Belgian Continental Shelf: methodology, results and expectations
Degrendele, K.; Roche, M. (2006). Monitoring the sand extraction on the Belgian Continental Shelf: methodology, results and expectations, in: Evolutions in hydrography, 6th - 9th November 2006, Provincial House Antwerp, Belgium: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies. Special Publication (Hydrographic Society), 55: pp. 70-74
In: (2006). Evolutions in hydrography, 6th - 9th November 2006, Provincial House Antwerp, Belgium: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies. Special Publication of the Hydrographic Society, 55. International Federation of Hydrographic Society: London. 234 + cd-rom pp., more
In: Special Publication (Hydrographic Society). Hydrographic Society: London. ISSN 0309-8303, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Benthos; Dredging; Environmental impact; Man-induced effects; Mineral resources; Monitoring; ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]; ANE, Belgium, Flemish Banks, Kwinte Bank [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    Within the framework of a sustainable exploitation of the mineral resources on the Belgian Continental Shelf, the Belgian government has established a surveillance and monitoring program of the extraction activities and the impact on the environment. The up to date results show a concentration of the activities on the Kwintebank, resulting in a strong but merely local impact of the extractions on the bathymetry and sediments of the seafloor. In the near future the governmental control will evolve to a real-time surveillance and a dynamic and three-dimensional monitoring program to assure the future sustainability of the economically important exploitation of mineral resources.

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