4DEMON Follow Up Meeting | 4DEMON

4 decades of Belgian marine monitoring

uplifting historical data to today's needs


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.
Van Mechelen: Old Cruise summary reports provide useful sampling information.
1000-points map: Map of 1970-1976 sampling grid.


4DEMON Follow Up Meeting

Added on 12 Feb 2015
We welcomed the members of the follow-up committee at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences to present them the work done during the first year.
Vice versa we were happy to hear their suggestions. So far, 881 historic data sources, ranging from cruise reports to original data listings, have been inventorised. Several of these have already been digitized.

The 4DEMON project is well on its way rescuing historical marine data!

In front of the iguanodon skeletons in the Dinosaur Gallery

Everybody around the table, during the meeting

K. De Cauwer (BMDC) and L. Chou (ULB) looking into a notebook with data.

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