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EU Commissioner Sinkevicius stresses importance of the Blue Economy during a visit to Ostend, Belgium

Added on: 2021-09-07
On September 6th, 2021 EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginjus Sinkevicius paid a visit to the city of Ostend to familiarise himself with a number of local initiatives within the sustainable blue economy in Belgium. In the company of Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation and Agriculture, Hilde Crevits, the EU Commissioner visited, among other things, the Marien Station Ostend and the citizen science initiative CoastSnap. ...

Globally used plastic catchers in rivers, ports and ocean critically examined

Added on: 2021-08-30
The increasing presence of marine litter in the seas and ocean is one of the major societal challenges of our time. Public organisations, policy makers and the business community are all looking for solutions to tackle this urgent problem. Still, incentives for behavioral change and a smart policy remain the most effective measures to prevent litter from entering the environment. Preventing plastic reaching the ocean by intercepting it from inland waterways, or cleaning up plastic litter accumulated in the ocean can also be part of the solution. In a new policy informing brief VLIZ compares different types of plastic catchers. How do they work and how do they differ from each other? Which type works best in which situation? Where are the gaps in knowledge and development? In short: what opportunities do they offer for a plastic free ocean? ...

How much CO2 the ocean absorbs? Overview of all measurements in the SOCAT-atlas

Added on: 2021-08-25
The latest edition of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) containing, 31 million quality controlled in situ observations from the period 1957-2021, shows how CO2 uptake by the global ocean has increased. The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) – both supported by the Flanders’ government – also contribute to this community-driven database. Atlas-based data products help to quantify the carbon sink and ocean acidification, as well as to evaluate sensor data and biogeochemical climate models, which provide key information to policymakers in the climate negotiations. ...

#pCO2compare: Great intercalibration experiment aims to reduce uncertainties in the ocean CO2 observations

Added on: 2021-06-30
The global ocean captures approximately 25% of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. However, this figure still entails large uncertainties. For the next two weeks, the global marine carbon observation community gathers with developers of relevant measuring systems and sensors in Ostend, Belgium for a large intercalibration exercise in the Marine Station Oostende of VLIZ. The European research infrastructure ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) ocean community is taking the lead in this effort aiming to reduce the uncertainties in the global observations. ...

Minister Van Quickenborne visits Marine Robotics Centre in the framework of the blue economy

Added on: 2021-06-22
On Tuesday 22nd of June 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea Vincent Van Quickenborne visited Ostend at the invitation of The Blue Cluster to get to know more about a number of exciting initiatives within the blue economy. The program included a visit to the VLIZ' Marine Robotics Centre and a demonstration of the uncrewed surface vehicle 'Adhemar'. ...

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