OMES Research on the environmental effects of the SIGMA plan
Multidisciplinary study on the estuarine environment of the Sea Scheldt

OBJECTIVES

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In the OMES project already a lot of chemical, biological and ecological data were gathered to improve the knowledge of the ecosystem of the Scheldt estuarine. To increase insight, experimental projects were established at Kruibeke and Lippenbroek to monitor and simulate environmental conditions in controlled flooding areas. An integrated and coordinated monitoring program is nevertheless necessary to develop further future research on the functioning of the estuarine ecosystem of the Scheldt.
The cooperation of the Dutch and Flemisch government led to a new O&M program MONEOS. In this program integration of Scheldt data is enhanced and serious efforts are made to standardize the methodologies used to monitor the whole Scheldt. OMES will continue to monitor the different components, minor changes were made: adding stations and parameters.

The following studies, concerning the different components of the estuarine ecosystem, will be executed:

Fifth phase within MONEOS, 2009-...

  • The basic water quality in the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • The C cycle of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • Primary production in the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • Sedimentology of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • The phytoplankton of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • The zooplankton of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
  • Study on the vegetation under tidal range in the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary: 2 mesocosmos experiments and experimental area Lippenbroek 'details'
  • Evaluation and update of the OMES database, concerning the data of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary details
OMES stations along the Scheldt

OMES sampled stations along the Scheldt

OMES is a project funded by the Flemish Government Waterwegen en zeekanaal NV; Afdeling Zeeschelde
Web contact: Annelies Goffin
Hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)