World Ocean Day at the Museum on Sunday 7th of June 2015 | 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.

1000-points map: Map of 1970-1976 sampling grid.
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.
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.


World Ocean Day at the Museum on Sunday 7th of June 2015

Added on 12 Jun 2015
4DEMON participated in the celebration of the World Ocean Day at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
On the Blue Market, visitors could have a closer look to a seawater sample through stereo microscopes presenting a view on the foam-forming phytoplankton species Phaeocystis, some diatoms and copepods. Historic reports containing data were presented and very young scientists were contributing to data rescue by typing historic data.


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