Second BeNCoRe Conference:

Geographic Information Systems in Coastal and Marine Research and Management

- Opportunities and new perspectives for Coastal and Marine Research,
       Friday 30 May 2008, Be-Leuven-

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Objectives and scope

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are becoming indispensable tools in Coastal and marine Research and Management. This technology is being used across different disciplines for storing, managing, visualizing or integrating geographical data and information. The Second BeNCoRe Conference provides the opportunity to discuss future developments and new perspectives in the field of Coastal and Marine GIS. During this one-day event, case studies related to submarine mapping systems, Coastal remote sensing techniques and the development of Coastal and Marine Atlases will be presented.

Besides the scientific challenges and relevance, GIS is becoming increasingly popular in decision making. The Conference will show, both at national and European level, how Geographic Information Systems are or could be implemented as reporting tools or used to organize Coastal and Marine Geospatial Information.

Additionally, participants have the opportunity to present research posters and promotion material in the field of Coastal and Marine GIS Research. New techniques and applications form both the scientific community and the private sector can be presented during lunch and coffee in the main conference hall.


9.00-9.30: Registration and Coffee

9.30-9.45:Mr. Simon Claus (Flanders Marine Institute - VLIZ): Introduction; the BeNCoRe Network
Session I: Geographic Information Systems in Coastal and Marine Research; current situation, technical challenges and future developments (Chair Prof Dr. Jean Berlamont, Hydraulics Laboratory, KUL)
09.45 – 10.15:Prof Dr. Philippe De Maeyer (Geography Department, Ghent University):
Geographic and Mapping Information Systems: A historical overview, new developments and challenges for Belgian Coastal and Marine Research
Prof Dr. David Green, (Aberdeen Institute for Coastal Science and Management, University of Aberdeen, UK):
Marine and Coastal Geographic Information Systems – a European Perspective


Session II: Relevant European directives, frameworks and legislations related to Coastal and Marine Geographic Information Systems (Chair Ir. Miguel Berteloot, Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services, Coastal Division)
11.15-11.45: Mme. Ingrid Vanden Berghe (National Geographic Institute):
The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) Directive: Implications and Opportunities for Coastal and Marine Research
11.45-12.15:Dr. Wendy Bonne (Federal Public Service, Marine Environment):
Policy as an end-user of Geographic Information Systems and importance of Geographic Systems as a reporting tool

12.15-13.15: Lunch

Case Studies in Coastal and Marine Research (Chair Prof Dr. Philippe Dubois, Marine Biology Unit - BIOMAR, ULB)
13.15-13.35:Dr. Kevin Ruddick, (Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models-MUMM)
Optical teledetection of Coastal Waters
13.35-13.55:Dr. Bart Deronde, (Flemish Institute for Technological Research– VITO)
Airborne remote sensing as a tool to study coastal sediment dynamics
13.55-14.15:Drs. Els Verfaillie (Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University)
Mapping European Seabed Habitats, the MESH project as a case study

14.15-14.35:Ir. Frederic Wauters (ESRI Belux/Eurosense)
Applications of a 3D Geographic Information System of the North Sea and the Scheldt Estuary


Session IV: Geographic Information Systems as a tool to present and organize Coastal and Marine Information (Chair Dr. Rudy Herman, Ministry of Flanders, Department Economy, Science and Innovation)
15.15-15.30:Mme Kathy Belpaeme (Coordinaton Centre for ICZM)
The Belgian Coastal Atlas: moving from a classical static to an interactive data driven atlas
15.30. 16.00:Dr Wouter Rommens (UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE)
How marine data can be presented at a global scale: the African Marine Atlas as a case study

16.00. 16.30:Representative European Environmental Agency
Publication of the Blue Book on an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union. The concept of Marine Spatial Planning and how to organize Coastal and Marine Information at the European Scale

16.30-16.45:Discussion, synthesis and conclusions



The conference will be be held in the 'Provinciehuis' in Leuven. This building recently constructed by the Portuguese architect Gonçalo Sousa Byrne is only a five minutes walk from the train station of Leuven. How to get there (in dutch)

By Train:
Leaving the main entrance of the Leuven train station, the Provinciehuis is on your left hand side about 300m up. You simply follow the promenade.

By Car:
From highway E40 take exit E314-Leuven, then immediately exit Leuven. Follow the road, pass two traffic light till you arrive at the Ring of Leuven, take a left and follow the ring. After the third traffic lights, you take a right. This road will lead you to the parking behind the Provinciehuis.

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