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4 decades of Belgian marine monitoring

uplifting historical data to today's needs

INTRODUCTION

The Belgian scientific community has, in the last four decades, built up considerable expertise in marine sciences (see Compendium Coast and Sea). Numerous scientific expeditions at sea have resulted in a vast quantity of scientific data related to different topics and important publications in the scientific literature about the marine environment of the Belgian Continental Shelf. Many valuable, historic data however still remain inaccessible to the larger scientific community, being available only on paper in various institutions. These sources are essential for understanding long-term changes in the quality of the marine environment. The 4DEMON project aims to centralise, integrate and valorise data on contamination, eutrophication and ocean acidification compiled during expeditions in the BCS over the last four decades, forming an important Belgian scientific heritage.

In the first phase of the project an extensive data inventory will be created and relevant historic data and metadata will be searched for in archives and digitized when needed.
Continuous remote sensing chlorophyll a and turbidity data sets will aid the data interpretation and intercalibration as they have a much higher spatial and temporal resolution.
1000-points map: Map of 1970-1976 sampling grid.
Van Mechelen: Old Cruise summary reports provide useful sampling information.

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16th VLIZ Marine Scientist Day

Added on: 14 Mar 2016
During the 16th VLIZ Marine Scientist Day on February 12th 2016, ‘Long-term phytoplankton monitoring data (1970- 2010) from the Belgian North Sea reveal shifts in community composition and seasonal dynamics’, within the scope of 4DEMON, was presented as a poster by Anja Nohe.

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Events

  • North Sea Open Science Conference: 7-10 November 2016 Ostend