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Overview of projects with VLIZ participation

VLIZ is a complementary and strong partner in national and international projects. By deploying the Marine Robotics Center, the RV Simon Stevin research vessel, various lab facilities at the Ostend Marine Station, making available our unique data systems, as well as the expertise developed in the Research division, VLIZ is participating in a variety of projects as listed below (situation from 2018 onwards). Consult the project list period 2000-2018 if you are looking for projects that were running before.

Ecosystem-based model of long-term data from the Belgian part of the North Sea: a decision supporting tool in a multiple stressor and blue economy context

With the increased human activities at sea, that are expected to continue to increase under the European Commission’s Blue Growth agenda, the need for sustainable management of the marine environment is emphasized. Ecological models are instrumental to untangle food web interactions in marine ecosystems and help to understand the potential consequences of management decisions. In this study, I aim to provide an ecosystem-based model to support decision-making toward a sustainable management.

Post-doc position - Microplastic in the marine environment

Cost-effective detection and identification of small micro- and nanoplastic, and quantification of current (and future) concentrations in different environmental compartments. Assessment of effects at individual and population level. Quantification of the additional stress due to plastics in an already (multi-)stressed marine environment (e.g. chemical pollution, climate change, ocean acidification).

PhD-project BluePsychology - How coastal environments improve psychological wellbeing: underlying mechanisms

The overall aim of this PhD is to assess the emotional mechanisms of awe and nostalgia as potential mediators in the effect of coastal environments on psychological wellbeing, and more specifically the reduction of stress.

PhD - Underwater acoustic habitat characterization of shallow marine waters

Underwater sound can give much more information than images, as Artificial Intelligence can be used to find acoustic features and model their relationship with ecological indicators. Sound can then be used as a monitoring tool for ecosystem health and characterization of acoustic habitats.

Dag van de Wetenschap

The annual Science Day is an initiative of the Flemish Government, coordinated by Technopolis and organised in cooperation with the association of the Flemish universities, scientific institutes, museums, companies and federations.

STEM4sea, de zee als context voor STEM-educatie in het basisonderwijs (STEM4sea)

VLIZ is developing, in partnership with the St.Lodewijkscollege primary school in Bruges, a set of STEM activities on ocean topics for teachers in primary education. With the support of the Province of West-Flanders.
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Oceanographic drivers of the heat exchange at the front of Store Glacier

Glacial ocean interaction has been identified as an important driver in the hydrography and hydrodynamics of glacial fjords. This project studies a fjord with a large tidewater glacier with relatively simple topography. The glacier is characterized by a limited ice melange and therefore moorings can be placed close (less than 10 km) to the glacier terminus. Seasonal data from this location is unique and will further the insights in how oceans are impacting glaciers in West-Greenland.

Sustainable Marine Ecosystem Services (SUMES)

The SUMES project aims to develop a model to assess the impact of human-induced changes on the ecosystem, its structure (e.g. biodiversity) and function (e.g. food chains, biogeochemistry), its capacity to provide marine ecosystems goods and services (e.g. sequestration of carbon) and subsequent consequences.

Plastic Flux for Innovation and Business Opportunities in Flanders (PLUXIN)

A first prerequisite to take effective plastic remediation measures is to know where and when action should be taken. A central objective in this project is to develop a two-dimensionsal-horizontal (2DH) plastic dispersal model. The model will be calibrated and validated with experiments and field sampling data.Plastics will be identified from remote sensing reflectance data through image recognition algorithms (‘Machine Learning’), hence resulting in an automated plastic detection method.

Blackfish

Blackfish en VLIZ werken samen voor het verzamelen van wetenschappelijk data. Het Blackfish team komt gedurende een 3-jarig zeilavontuur op unieke locaties in de Noordzee, de Atlantische Oceaan en de Middellandse Zee en dat biedt opportuniteiten om bijzondere stalen te nemen die een meerwaarde bieden aan het wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Meer specifiek wordt er vanop de zeilboot gevist naar plastics en neemt het schip een ontvanger mee om gezenderde vissen (o.a. paling en kabeljauw) te detecteren.
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Blue-Cloud: Piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy (Blue-Cloud)

The project implements a practical approach to address the potential of cloud based open science to achieve a set of services to build and demonstrate the Pilot Blue Cloud as a thematic EOSC cloud to support ocean research through a set of five pilot Blue-Cloud demonstrators.
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Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories: Science, Service, Sustainability - JERICO-S3 (JERICO S3)

JERICO-S3 will provide a state-of-the-art, fit-for-purpose and visionary observational RI, expertise and highquality data on European coastal and shelf seas, supporting world-class research, high-impact innovation and a window of European excellence worldwide.

PROspection for BIOactive compounds in the North Sea (PROBIO)

Marine environments offer a wide variety of bioresources containing potential bioactive compounds. This project wants to unravel the underexplored potential of a selection of local organisms by screening their bioactive compounds. This project will generate an essential knowledge base to identify possible uses in commercial applications which will trigger further research to foster new commercial developments in various sectors.
4 Decades of Belgian Marine monitoring: uplifting historical data to today's needs

4 Decades of Belgian Marine monitoring: uplifting historical data to today's needs (4Demon)

Historical data are essential for understanding long-term changes in the quality of the marine environment. The 4DEMON project will centralise, integrate and valorise data compiled during expeditions in the BCS over the last four decades, forming an important Belgian scientific heritage. DEMON will focus on data on contaminants, eutrophication and ocean acidification processes.
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OperatieNZ

Expo Operatie Noordzee 1944-45

Expo in Seafront Zeebrugge about the liberation of Walcheren on November 1, 1944 by Canadian, Polish, British, French, Norwegian, Dutch and Belgian troops. Project in collaboration with War Heritage Institute, Westtoer, the Flemish government and the National Lottery.
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COST

COST - A pan-European Network for Marine Renewable Energy (WECANET)

A pan-European Network with a focus on an interdisciplinary marine wave energy approach that will contribute to large-scale WEC Array deployment by dealing with the current bottlenecks.
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COST

COST-Oceans Past Platform (OPP)

OPP aims to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans. The Action asks when, how and with what socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological implications humans have impacted marine life, primarily in European seas in the last two millennia.
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Analysis techniques for quantifying nano-and microplastic particles and their degradation in the marine environment (ANDROMEDA)

Within ANDROMEDA, in situ MP detection, efficient sampling and cost-effective laboratory methods will be developed and optimized to analyze MP. Approaches will be based on hyperspectral imaging, chemical markers and fluorometric detection techniques. Advanced analysis techniques making use of μFTIR, Raman imaging and SEM-EDX (amongst others) will be applied to quantify and characterize MP and NP down to 1 μm, 0.2 μm or lower.

Implementing EOSC: ESFRI driven Open Science (EOSC ESFRI RDM)

This project will build experience and knowledge and expedite adoption of the VSC cloud resources by other scientific domains. This will allow the ESFRIs to provide services to their communities within the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This project brings together two institutes (VIB and VLIZ) coordinating ESFRIs that have not yet collaborated on Flemish level. This project will explore synergy in research infrastructure and explore related collaborations within Flanders.

Improving atmospheric correction and aquatic particle retrieval with bidirectional remote sensing data (AQUALOOKS)

The project will develop "multilook" satellite missions and involves a further development of the autonomous radiometer platform PANTHYR that VLIZ designed and developed for the HYPERMAQ project
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World Ocean Day

A global celebration on 8 June (or weeks before), with hundreds of events around the world celebrating our ocean. VLIZ participates every year with an event or other communication action.

Blue health along the Belgian coast: Effect of living by the coast on human health and wellbeing

The goal of this research project is to evaluate what the effect is of proximity to the sea on human health and wellbeing based on a meta analysis of health surveys. This research question fits under the theme 'The Ocean and Human Health'. To answer this research question we collaborate with prof. dr. Stefaan De Henauw of the department of public health and prof. dr Henk Roose of the Sociology department (both UGent) and with the OD Public Health.

BANOS CSA ‘Towards a Baltic and North Sea research and innovation programme’ (BANOS CSA)

The BANOS CSA overarching objective is to create the necessary conditions for durable coordination of research and innovation efforts in the Baltic Sea and North Sea region by preparing a framework for launching a joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme. BANOS CSA is coordinated by BONUS EEIG (TFEU Art. 185) and represents the leading research and innovation funders of the EU member states and associated states surrounding the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
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Eurofleets plus

Eurofleets+

The project 'Eurofleets+', coordinated by MI (ireland), brings more than 20 scientific institutions together to take the next steps towards a coordinated European research fleet and associated infrastructure.
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ICOS Belgium

Integrated Carbon Observing System (ICOS.be)

ICOS will provide the long-term observations required to understand the present state and predict future behavior of the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions
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Hyperspectral and multi-mission high resolution optical remote sensing of aquatic environments (HyperMaq)

The advent of spaceborne hyperspectral instruments offers the potential to yield more information on aquatic particles. The HYPERMAQ will develop algorithms to retrieve information on particle size and type and where possible algae species. Fieldwork to validate these algorithms will be made. Continuous measurements will also be made for satellite product validation, supported by the design of an autonomous rotating hyperspectral spectroradiometer system.
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Experimental Approaches towards Future Sustainable Use of North Sea Artificial Hard Substrates (PERSUADE)

PERSUADE zal nagaan hoe de installatie van windmolenparken, via de gekoppelde veranderingen in biodiversiteit (kolonisatie door fouling fauna, veranderingen in bodembewonende gemeenschappen) de lokale stikstofcyclus gaat beïnvloeden. Daarnaast zal worden nagegaan wat het effect is van klimaatsverandering, al dan niet gecombineerd met de introductie van aquacultuur, op het functioneren van kustecosystemen.
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EMBRC

European Marine Biological Resource Centre - Belgium (EMBRC.be)

EMBRC is European distributed Research Infrastructure of state-of-the-art research and training facilities at leading marine research stations. EMBRC will provide academia and Industry with access to marine biodiversity, its associated meta-data and extractable products. Services will include access to species (models), biobanks, ‘omics’ platforms, structural biology and imaging facilities.
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Creating negative CO2 emissions via enhanced silicate weathering (ESW)

This project will tackle the problem of climate stabilization by examining the feasibility of a innovative negative emission technology: enhanced silicate weathering (ESW) integrated into coastal zone management. The goal is to perform basic research into efficiency, co-benefits and environmental impact of the technique, in order to examine if and how it can be developed into a sustainable and cost-effective approach for creating negative emissions.

VLIZ Alien Species Consortium

The project aims to publish up to date fact sheets about alien species in the Belgian part of the North Sea and Scheldt Estuary in cooperation with experts.
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Lead Alternative Fishing Weights

This project aims to test lead alternative fishing weights (cf. Programme of measures MSFD, 29D) in cooperation with the recreational fishing community.
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AQUA-LIT - PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR AVERTING THE DISCARDING OF LITTER IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY (AQUA-LIT)

AQUA-LIT will provide the aquaculture sector with a toolbox & database addressing the 3 main components of marine littering: prevention and reduction, monitoring and quantification, and removal and recycling. AQUA-LIT will assess the current policies and give policy recommendations for better decision-making in the aquaculture sector.
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Development and demonstrators of durable biobased composites for a marine environment (SeaBioComp)

SeaBioComp wants to deliver demonstrators of innovative biobased thermoplastic composites; with at least equivalent mechanical properties of the reference oil based composites, with -application depended- a tailored durability (2 to >20 years) in the harsh sea environment and with reduced CO2 emission (> 30%) and ecotoxic impact (due to microplastics).
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Collaborative land sea integration platform (COASTAL)

COASTAL is a multi-actor project engaging stakeholders to develop practical business opportunities and policy solutions by improved coastal-rural collaboration. This is done by combining local and expert knowledge in a co-creation process.

Blue Accelerator

The Blue Accelerator project intends to develop living labs for testing in the marine environment. The main focus is on the creation of an offshore test site (incl. platform), off the coast of Ostend.
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Study of the marine scientific landscape in Flanders/Belgium

One of the key tasks of the VLIZ is the continuous mapping of the marine scientific landscape in Flanders/Belgium. This is achieved through the Integrated Marine Information System IMIS, through inquiry (supplement and update IMIS) and targeted questioning regarding the funding of the marine scientific research.
HisGisKust

Historical maps of the coastal zone (HisGISKust)

In HisGISKust, historical maps from the 16th, 17th and 18th century with specific information about the Belgian coast and/or the Scheldt are digitally disclosed. The maps are georeferenced in order to visualise and compare them in a standardised way. Derived products and metadata of the maps are made available to end users in open access.
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GEANS

Genetic tool for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS)

GEANS aims to harmonize and consolidate existing DNA-based methods, to ensure their application for assessing ecosystem health in the North Sea environment. The compilation of a DNA sequence reference library will be set-up, current methods will be optimized and standardised, genetic indicators developed, and a roadmap for management implementation will be provided. This will enable policymakers to adapt their management strategies in order to improve or conserve the quality of the environment.
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ENVironmental Research Infrastructures building Fair services Accessible for society, Innovation and Research (ENVRI FAIR)

ENVRI-FAIR is the connection of the ESFRI Cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Participating research infrastructures (RI) of the environmental domain cover the subdomains Atmosphere, Marine, Solid Earth and Biodiversity / Ecosystems. The overarching goal is for the RI’s to build a set of FAIR data services that enhance the efficiency and productivity of researchers, support innovation and enable data- and knowledge-based decisions.

Providing an open collaborative space for digital biology in Europe (EOSC-LIFE)

EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures (BMS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. The project is a response to the challenge of analysing and reusing the prodigious amounts of data produced by life-science. By publishing data and tools in a Europe-wide cloud EOSC-Life aims to raise capabilities to the wider research community.
Assemble Plus

Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded (ASSEMBLE+)

ASSEMBLE+ relates to the work program topic INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 (Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities). The project directly addresses the specific challenge of this work program topic as the consortium mobilizes the main marine biological stations from the 9 current national nodes of EMBRC as well as from 7 additional member states in order to integrate and jointly develop them to provide coordinated access to the services they offer to public and private sector European researchers
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PC4C- Impact of airgun sound exposure on fish: integrating population-level modelling and collection of empirical data (PCAD4COD)

The PCAD4COD project is an integrated set of studies into the impact of airgun sounds on fish by modelling energy-flow, individual behaviour and population dynamics as well as collecting field data on behaviour, physiology, growth and maturation. In addition, sound field properties in terms of sound pressure and particle motion will be thoroughly measured and modelled for the field studies.
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Regional Lifewatch Node - Marine and terrestrial observatories, models and data systems. (LIFEWATCH.BE)

LifeWatch is a distributed virtual laboratory and will be used for biodiversity research, for climatological and environmental impact studies. This large European research infrastructure (ESFRI) consists of several biodiversity observatories, databases, web services and modelling tools. With the regional node, VLIZ coordinates the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch in collaboration with INBO.
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Veldstages lerarenopleiding

VLIZ organizes (multi-day) field trips and workshops for students in teacher training in marine ecology.
Zeebad

Zeebad bijscholing leerkrachten

Zeebad is an initiative of VLIZ with the aim of transferring knowledge about the sea and marine research between marine researchers and teachers.
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Planeet Zee

PlaneetZee

Planet Sea is the result of VLIZ's mission to provide scientific information about the sea and to make marine research visible in education. Planet Sea is VLIZ's educational website that consists of teaching materials, lab excersises and fieldwork.
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VLIZ Info Desk

The VLIZ Info Desk answers informative questions about the sea and marine research, at the request of very diverse target groups (young and old, professional and general public, local and international, education and research).
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Concours Olivier Roelinger

Annual international cooking contest for young professional chefs and cooks in training. They are encouraged to work with sustainable seafood. VLIZ contributes to the communication and judging. Organized by Ethic Ocean, Ferrandi Paris and international partners.
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CSA Oceans 2

Coordination action in support of the implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative on 'Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans' (CSA Oceans 2)

CSA Oceans 2 aims to facilitate and support the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. CSA Oceans 2 will link closely with the JPI Oceans structures and involve them in the CSA activities.
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Scheldemonitor

ScheldeMonitor: knowledge and information system for research and monitoring on the Scheldt Estuary (ScheldeMonitor)

The ScheldeMonitor is a Flemish-Dutch knowledge and information system for research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary. This portal gives you an overview of publications, institutions, projects, datasets, ... Related to the research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary and provides access to measurements and data products such as maps, charts and indicators.
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OMES

Research on the environmental effects of the Sigma plan (OMES)

Multidisciplinary monitoring program of the Zeeschelde sponsored by Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and executed by the OMES consortium since 1995. Different components of the ecosystem are sampled: water quality, carbon cycle, phytoplankton, microphytobenthos, zooplankton, primary productivity and sedimentology.
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New Strategies for monitoring and risk assessment of Hazardous chemicals in the marine (NewSTHEPS)

In this research project, novel and integrated passive sampler (PS)-based approaches (modelling and measurements) will be developed for both chemical exposure (monitoring) and biological effect assessment (passive dosing). Through the use of a broader array of PS techniques, applicable in a wide polarity range, the project will focus on the quantitation of an extended set of priority and emerging organic micropollutants and metals (targeted approach).
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INTERcomparison of TIDal Estuaries in NW Europe (INTERTIDE)

INTERTIDE is focused on an inter-estuarine comparison of abiotic and biotic parameters, to get insight in fundamental relations underlying the development of these systems.
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alff

The Algal Microbiome: Friends and Foes (ALFF)

ALFF is a research project enabling 15 PhD grants, and focusing on the interaction of algae with microbiota. VLIZ-Communication explores, as a subpartner of University Ghent, how it can create an interaction between the scientists and non-scientists with a multimedia background.
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Studie- en trefdag voor Kustgidsen (Kustgidsendag)

Annual networking day for coastal guides, organized by the Province of West-Flanders and VLIZ.

SeaWatch-B

SeaWatch-B trains citizens in how to monitor the ecological status of the Belgian part of the North Sea. Ten standardized measurements (e.g. t°, human presence, abundance jellyfish-lugworms-shells-fish-crustaceans, archeological finds, trash) are done on fixed beach transects during this citizen science initiative from 2015 onwards. At present 20 SeaWatchers are active on our beaches.
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International Ocean Literacy Survey (IOLS)

The University of Berkley (US) is currently preparing a forth International Ocean Literacy survey. This survey will examine how 16-18 year old students are informed about the ocean and its characteristics. Belgium takes part in this survey through VLIZ. VLIZ has also played a role in developing and translating the survey through its connections with the global OL community.
Expo slag om de Noordzee

Expo: WOI - Battle for the North Sea

This exhibition at the Provincial Court (Bruges, Market Square; 21-4 till 31-8-2018) focusses on World War I and the role the sea has played during this period. This event is organized in cooperation with touristic partners (Tourism Flanders et al) and a steering group of WWI experts including the Bruges Musea, the Governor of the Province of West-Flanders, curator Tomas Termote, the War Heritage Museum, etc. Additional sponsoring is secured from several private and governmental partners.
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Atlantos

Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (ATLANTOS)

The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements andsystems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic.
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SeaDataCloud

SeaDataCloud - Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data management (SeaDataCloud)

SeaDataCloud aims at considerably advancing SeaDataNet services and increasing their usage, adopting cloud and HPC technology for better performance. More users will be engaged and for longer sessions by including advanced services in a Virtual Research Environment.
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Jerico-NEXT

Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observatories (Jerico-Next)

The JERICO-NEXT project aims to expand the pan-European network of marine observatories developed in the JERICO FP7 project by adding new innovative infrastructure, as well as by integrating biogeochemical and biological observations. The main objective is to provide researchers with high-quality continuous and more valuable coastal data linking physical and biological information.
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EMODnet

European Marine Observation and Data Network - Data ingestion (EMODnet Data ingestion)

The EMODnet Data Ingestion portal aims at streamlining the data ingestion process so that data holders from public and private sectors that are not yet connected to the existing marine data management infrastructures can easily release their data for safekeeping and subsequent distribution through EMODnet. This will enrich the total offer for all types of users and conform to the EMODnet motto 'collect data once and use it many times'.
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EMODnet

European Marine Observation and Data Network - Chemical Lot (EMODnet Chemistry)

VLIZ is part of the consortium that submitted a proposal to DG MARE in July 2016 for a third phase of EMODNET Chemistry.
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EMODnet

European Marine Observation and Data Network- Biology (EMODnet Biology)

The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet) aims to develop a system to make marine data available in support of scientists, policy makers and other end-users, within the framework of the new European maritime policy. VLIZ coordinates this project of 24 European partners and develops an online data portal.
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TrIAS

Tracking Invasive Alien Species (TrIAS)

The establishment of a data mobilization framework for alien species (AS) data from diverse data sources. The establishment of a Belgian AS-checklist and development of AS-indicators and data-driven procedures for risk evaluation based on risk modelling, risk mapping and risk assessment.
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Recreatieve zeevisserijmonitoring

Marine recreational fisheries monitoring (RecVis)

Development and implementation of a protocol for systematic monitoring of the marine recreational fisheries sector in Belgium (fishing effort, geographical positioning, catches, etc.).
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CREST

Climate Resilient Coast (CREST)

The CREST project aims to increase the knowledge of coastal processes (waves, tides, sediment transport, wind … ) near the coast and on land and this within the framework of coastal safety.
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