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World Register of Marine Species
The aim of a World Register of Marine Species is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.
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European Ocean Biogeographic Information System
EurOBIS is a distributed system that allows searching multiple datasets simultaneously for biogeographic information on marine organisms. EurOBIS has been developed within the MarBEF network and acts as the European node of OBIS.
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Regional Lifewatch Node - Marine and terrestrial observatories, models and data systems.
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 in collaboration with INBO the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch.
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European Marine Observation and Data Network - Biology Lot
This project website provides information on the progress of the biological preparatory action and gives access to the marine biological data portal and metadata catalogue.
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Belgian Register of Marine Species
The Belgian register of marine species lists all marine species from the Belgian part of the North Sea, the Belgian beaches, mudflats, saltmarshes, coastal dunes and estuaries.
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European Register of Marine Species
The European Register of Marine Species (ERMS) is an authoritative taxonomic list of species occurring in the European marine environment, defined as up to the strandline or splash zone above the high tide mark and down to 0.5 (psu, ppt) salinity in estuaries.
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EU-nomen, Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
EU-nomen enables the correct use of species names and their classification, to more accurately manage information on animals and plants. This is the first all-taxa inventory for European species.
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Integrated Marine Environmental Readings and Samples
Database with measurements of sampling campaigns of Belgian Part of the North Sea and international waters.
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Non-indigenous species in the Belgian North Sea and surrounding estuaries
A list of non-indigenous species in the Belgian North Sea and surrounding estuaries. For each species an information sheet is available which describes the characteristics of the species and how and when the species was introduced here, with the possible consequences.
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Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf
To explore the effects of natural and anthropogenic impacts, macrobenthos is used. Also because of their direct link with the sediment and the processes just above it. The goal of this project is to contribute to the knowledge of the long-term variability in the biodiversity of the macrobenthos and its relationship to human activities.
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North Sea Benthos Project
Integrating macrobenthic infaunal data (1999-2001) available from various sources, including national monitoring surveys, in North Sea soft bottom sediments.
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North Sea Benthos Survey
Results of a survey of the North Sea benthos in 1986, covering the whole of the North Sea, and using standard sampling and processing techniques.
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Aquatic species Registry Exchange and Services
The main objective of this project is to ensure and enhance the interoperability and public availability of the aquatic species databases WoRMS and FADA through the development of a set of web services. Such services can guarantee the automatic and timely exchange of data between WoRMS and FADA, but also expose the data for use in other initiatives and applications. On top of these web services, we aim to develop tools to perform data quality control of species related data, by improving and extending the ‘fuzzy matching algorithm for genus and species scientific names’ (Taxamatch) tool and building on other existing services.
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Beached bird countings along the Belgian coast
Results of the yearly countings of beached birds. Data can be consulted to create species or region-specific graphs.
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Distributed Dynamic Diversity Database for Life
A coherent classification and species checklist of the world's plants, animals, fungi and microbes is fundamental to access information about biodiversity. The Catalogue of Life provides the world with a unique service: a dynamically updated global index of validated scientific names, synonyms and common names integrated within a single taxonomic hierarchy.
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Impact of airgun sound exposure on fish: integrating population-level modelling and collect...
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 (component I) as well as collecting field data on behaviour, physiology, growth and maturation. The field data will be on adult, tagged, free-ranging fish exposed to a real seismic survey in open water (component II) and on adult and juvenile, captive, semi-free-ranging fish exposed to a scaled sound or airgun source in a harbour (component III). In addition, sound field properties in terms of sound pressure and particle motion will be thoroughly measured and modelled for both types of field studies (component IV). This project is conducted in the context of the Joint Industry Programme on E&P Sound and Marine Life on Establishing the sensitivity of Fish to Seismic Activities. VLIZ is involved in component II, in which field data on the behaviour of adult, tagged, free-ranging cod will be collected during synchronous treatment and control sessions. Data collected during this single seismic survey will yield input parameters for the modellers. Data collection on free-ranging fish provides us with critical insights needed for the realworld event of seismic surveys at sea.
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Interim Register of Marine and Non-Marine Genera
The Interim Register for Marine and Non-marine Genera is a provisional (or ‘interim’) compilation of genus names – including species names in many cases – and covers both living and extinct biota into a single system to support taxonomic and other queries dealing with e.g. homonyms, authorities, parent-child relationships, spelling variations and distinctions between marine and non-marine or fossil and recent taxa. IRMNG was transfered from CSIRO (Australia) to VLIZ in 2014 and went online at VLIZ in 2016. VLIZ has been managing the Register ever since, in close collaboration with its original custodian Tony Rees.
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Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET
The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT) is a consortium of national funding agencies seeking complementarities between national activities by pooling resources to undertake joint funding of transnational projects in the area of marine biotechnology. The activities including the development of a Strategic Roadmap for marine biotechnology will support the European bioeconomy.
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