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EMODnet launches Atlas of European Marine Life

Added on: 2018-12-19
The Atlas of European Marine Life presents a range of new and innovative data products on marine life in European waters. The offered tools, models and maps illustrate the diverse range of outputs that can be generated from EMODnet Biology hosted data. The data products help to answer fundamental and policy-driven questions related to managing the natural and anthropogenic impacts in European waters. ...

Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018 and Coastal Portal launched!

Added on: 2018-12-08
With the launch of the Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has reached the third edition of this multifunctional guide for marine experts. Main aim is to encompass the dispersive information from the Flemish-Belgian marine sciences in a scientific and neutral way, but all publications were thoroughly revised – working intensively together with an extensive network of experts. A lot of attention was paid to improving the recognisability and user experience. New is the the Coastal Portal, a web portal for marine experts, where via a map of the Belgian North Sea customised data products and visualisations can be generated on a whole range of marine and coastal themes. ...

North Sea wrecks project kicked-off

Added on: 2018-11-19
The remains of the wars in Europe can still be found on the seabed of the North Sea today. The many wrecks of ships and planes, often with their fuel and ammunition on board, testify to these turbulent times. But in the North Sea a lot of new economic activities (wind farms, aquaculture, coastal defenses ...) unfold in the context of Blue Growth. In order for these new maritime developments to proceed smoothly, it is important to know which wrecks are located where, in what condition they are, and which risks the installation and operation can have on the wrecks and any hazardous content. The European funded North Sea Wrecks project aims to find common solutions to this shared problem. ...

Baltic States and North Sea countries join forces in BANOS CSA

Added on: 2018-11-13
In order to coordinate marine research and innovation even better, the Baltic states and some North Sea countries have decided to work together more closely. The European-funded BANOS coordination and support action (BAltic and NOrth Sea Coordination and Support Action) will outline a joint research and innovation programme for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea over the next three years. The project started on 6 November. The Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ acts as a partner on behalf of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the government of Flanders, Belgium. ...

Survey on the Dutch ship wreck ‘t Vliegent Hart in Belgian waters

Added on: 2018-10-26
On Tuesday the 15th of October, a team consisting of Sven van Haelst from the Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ, Jessica Vandevelde from the Flanders Heritage Agency (Onroerend Erfgoed) and Robert de Hoop from the Dutch Maritime Heritage Agency did a survey on the wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘t Vliegent Hart lying in Belgian waters. ...

European culinary contest for young and future professional chefs: opting for sustainable seafood

Added on: 2018-10-26
The 2018 edition of the culinary contest Olivier Roellinger is officially launched now. The competition is open to young and future chefs who want to contribute to the conservation of marine resources and the protection of the seas and ocean. Deadline for submission is due 4 January. The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is partner and hopes to welcome a lot of applications from Belgium and The Netherlands! ...

History students UGent work for a whole academic year on VLIZ Prize Papers project

Added on: 2018-10-23
Earlier this month, 20 history students from Ghent University started their historical research seminar working with material offered by the VLIZ project ' Southern Netherlandish Prize Papers Research'. During the entire academic year, the students will sharpen their research skills and in the meantime contribute to the transcription and interpretation of documents found on ships once privateered by the British Admiralty. We are currently zooming in on price papers from the period of the Spanish Succession War (1702-1714). This information, which has never been disclosed, might change our views on the maritime history of the Southern Netherlands. ...

Call Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2018

Added on: 2018-10-17
VLIZ launches the call for the ‘Brilliant Marine Research Ideas 2019’ intended to inspire and enable PhD students, affiliated to a Flemish university or Flemish university college, to execute a brilliant idea during their PhD within the frame of their research. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 December 2018. ...

VLIZ Awards for Marine Sciences: call 2018 launched

Added on: 2018-10-09
To recognize the work of meritorious marine researchers, encourage them to continue doing this in the future, and promote marine scientific research in Flanders: that is what the Flanders Marine Institute wants to achieve with its annual science awards. Until 15 December, candidates for the VLIZ North Sea Award, VLIZ Master Thesis Awards and VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award can register for the 2018 call. The award ceremony will take place on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2019 on Wednesday 13 March 2019 in Bredene, Belgium. ...

VLIZ and LifeWatch Belgium brought together 170 marine biologists from 25 countries on EMBS53 in Ostend

Added on: 2018-10-03
From 17 to 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute and LifeWatch Belgium organized the 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium. Five days full of presentations on historical, contemporary and future marine biological research. With talks and posters divided into four major themes: 'Science in a historical perspective', 'Science in the North Sea', 'Science in the modern era' and 'Citizen Science'. An information market by marine organizations and companies, an excursion to Het Zwin or the historic city center of Bruges, and many networking moments completed the program for the 170 marine biologists from 25 countries. ...

VLIZ Marine Robotics Center presented at technology festival SuperNova

Added on: 2018-10-01
In the weekend of 29 and 30 September, the Flanders Marine Institute was present at SuperNova in Antwerp, Belgium. Our booth was announced as one of the highlights of the festival. Young and old could get acquainted with our marine robotics and even pilot a mini underwater robot themselves. ...

Fifty-fold increase of microplastics in the ocean by 2100

Added on: 2018-09-12
In 2100, a cubic meter of ocean water will contain 10 to 50 free-floating particles of microplastic, or fifty times more than today. Although these average concentrations are significantly lower than the safe concentrations for oceanic ecosystems (i.e. 6650 plastic particles per m3), local exceedings of this threshold are already possible. Coastal seabeds and beaches threaten to contain ecologically harmful concentrations. The Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ) investigated the problem in collaboration with the University of Ghent and the University of Wageningen. Their findings were recently published in the Environmental Pollution journal. ...

How to inventory the names of all species on Earth

Added on: 2018-09-12
Marine biologists say they have demonstrated an e-solution to the management of the millions of names of animals and plants on Earth that other biologists could adopt. ...

VLIZ-ROV Genesis operates in Spanish waters

Added on: 2018-09-04
The ‘Remotely Operated Vehicle’ (ROV) Genesis of VLIZ spent the last two and a half weeks in the Spanish Mediterranean aboard the Spanish research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa. Commissioned by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) the underwater robot carried out visual observations of the seafloor and the overlying water column in the wake of the Apollo II, a crawler developed for deep-sea mining activities. ...

European Marine Board calls for more coherent biological ocean observations in Europe

Added on: 2018-08-08
The latest Future Science Letter No. 3 from the European Marine Board (EMB) - entitled "Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations" - reflects the vision of a strategic pan-European forum on the current (and future) capacity and relevance of biological observations in the European seas. In contrast to chemical and physical observations, observation networks on biological parameters in Europe do not appear to be highly organized. There is often a lack of coordination between measurement systems and observations can not be integrated optimally. A multifunctional, well-integrated biological ocean observation system will strongly promote the biological knowledge of seas and oceans - in Europe and worldwide. Something of great importance for maintaining a healthy ocean for a healthy society. ...

4DEMON project combines data Belgian part of the North Sea over the past four decades

Added on: 2018-07-06
Scientists and data managers from KBIN, UGent, VLIZ, ILVO and ULiège have succeeded in saving a lot of old still analogue datasets on the Belgian part of the North Sea for loss (data archeology). In combining these with more recent measurement results, they obtained a data series spanning over a period of 40 years, which revealed interesting insights. For example, the nutrients phosphate and nitrogen were observed to decline in the southern North Sea. The seawater temperature on the other hand has risen by an average of one degree °C. The data analysts also see a shift in the species composition of the phytoplankton - the small water floating organisms that rely on photosynthesis for their energy supply - accompanied with the risk of harmful species turning up. Since 1985 the sea water in the Belgian part of the North Sea has become more acidic. ...

The VLIZ annual report: 2017 in a nutshell

Added on: 2018-06-13
The 2017 annual report presents the highlights for VLIZ in 2017 and focuses on the services VLIZ offers to the marine scientific community, policymakers, educators and the general public. Performance indicators (KPIs), numbers and lists all together give a transparent overview of the organization and functioning of the institute. ...

20 years support by Flanders for sustainable ocean projects worldwide

Added on: 2018-06-05
Since 1998, Flanders has supported UNESCO's activities in the field of science in various disciplines; like some important projects relating to the ocean and coastal areas by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). During the FUST OCEAN event in the week of 14 to 17 May, this collaboration was put in the spotlight. For those who could not attend and still want to get an overview of the UNESCO projects sponsored by Flanders on the sustainable use of ocean and coasts, please visit the FUST website. The event was organized with the support of VLIZ. ...

Your opinion counts: help us to improve the Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018

Added on: 2018-06-04
The marine landscape in Belgium is large and rapidly evolving, however the knowledge is very widespread. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is the integrated knowledge platform for the professional user and bundles the most relevant scientifically based information. An updated version of the Compendium for Coast and Sea is prepared every three years and new information products are created. The Compendium secretariat want to ask for your opinion and input for the new edition, which will be published in December 2018. ...

Prof. Dr. Carlos Duarte receives the first Carlo Heip Award for biodiversity research

Added on: 2018-05-17
At the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal (Canada), Prof. Dr. Carlos M. Duarte received the first Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science. Carlos Duarte is a worldwide leading authority on the ecology of seagrasses and is considered one of the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation. ...

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