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Belgian LifeWatch observatory data and networks embedded in ‘Kustportaal’

Added on: 2018-12-10 08:48:09 by Goossens, Jolien
Last Friday, the third edition of Compendium for Coast and Sea was launched. In this document the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) assembles the marine expertise in Belgium. A new feature of this edition is the ‘Kustportaal’, a coastal portal that generates map visualizations of a diverse range of marine themes. The sensor network and different data products of the Belgian LifeWatch observatory are included in this portal. ...

New telemetry network will develop the study of animal migrations in European rivers and seas

Added on: 2018-11-28 08:32:29 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
A group of 25 telemetry experts from across Europe is meeting this week in Olhão, Portugal, to implement the European Tracking Network (ETN). This network brings together researchers, resources and infrastructures to increase crucial knowledge on the movements of aquatic animals at large spatial scales – from European rivers and seas to the Atlantic Ocean. ...

European eels, who are they and where are they going to?

Added on: 2018-11-08 13:54:33 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Since very recently, VLIZ, the INBO and the Marine Biology Research Group of Ghent University started tagging eels with pop-up data storage tags, a new type of tag, to reveal marine migration routes of European eel. ...

New Zealand gazetteer added to Marine Regions

Added on: 2018-10-22 17:09:12 by Claus, Simon
Over 1300 new undersea features from the New Zealand gazetteer of place names were added to Marine Regions. Furthermore, more than 600 existing features in the Marine Regions gazetteer were updated with new contexts, synonyms or improved coordinates. The New Zealand gazetteer holds all official names for geographic places and features within the jurisdiction of the New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB). ...

EMODnet Biology online course and QC tool

Added on: 2018-10-17 15:36:13 by Claus, Simon
EMODnet Biology has launched an online course on the IODE Oceanteacher platform on how to contribute data to EMODnet Biology. This course is an introduction to the EMODnet Biology and EurOBIS data format that guides you through all the necessary processing steps, from dataset describing to publishing and quality checking. The online qc tool has been powered by the Lifewatch Marine VRE. ...

New version of the intersect ‘Exclusive Economic Zones and IHO areas'

Added on: 2018-10-12 15:41:54 by Claus, Simon
Marineregions launches a new version of the IHO Sea Areas and a new version of the intersect product combining the Exclusive Economic Zones (v10) and IHO Sea areas (v3). ...

Nemys/Lifewatch follow-up workshop sets goals to include freshwater, terrestrial & parasitic species

Added on: 2018-10-10 21:38:00 by Campinas Bezerra, Tânia
From 5-7 September 2018 the second Nemys Editors Workshop was held at Ghent University, Belgium ...

LifeWatch Data Storage Tag workshop: how to study fish movements?

Added on: 2018-10-05 14:22:45 by Goossens, Jolien
During the two-day workshop in Ostend, the covered topics included different technologies, analytical approaches and future opportunities. ...

Great success for LifeWatch ERIC at EMBS53

Added on: 2018-10-05 14:05:28 by Goossens, Jolien
The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium, organised by LifeWatch Belgium and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend (Belgium, 17 to 21 September 2018), witnessed a great success with the participation of 169 researchers and academics from 25 different countries. ...

Update of the GEBCO gazetteer of undersea features

Added on: 2018-10-05 09:43:11 by Oset Garcia, Paula
Marine Regions has completed its yearly update of the GEBCO gazetteer. ...

VLIZ and LifeWatch Belgium brought together 170 marine biologists from 25 countries on EMBS53 in Ostend

Added on: 2018-10-03 17:24:21 by Fockedey, Nancy
From 17 to 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute and LifeWatch Belgium organized the 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium. Five days full of presentations on historical, contemporary and future marine biological research. With talks and posters divided into four major themes: 'Science in a historical perspective', 'Science in the North Sea', 'Science in the modern era' and 'Citizen Science'. An information market by marine organizations and companies, an excursion to Het Zwin or the historic city center of Bruges, and many networking moments completed the program for the 170 marine biologists from 25 countries. ...

Data product workshop, VLIZ

Added on: 2018-10-02 22:09:01 by Claus, Simon
From 8-10 October, the EMODnet biology data product experts will meet to discuss new dataproducts and to finilize the first version of the upcoming Atlas Of Marine Life

How to inventory the names of all species on Earth

Added on: 2018-09-12 15:33:04 by Fockedey, Nancy
Marine biologists say they have demonstrated an e-solution to the management of the millions of names of animals and plants on Earth that other biologists could adopt. ...

Swimming with the tide: migration behaviour of European silver eel in the Schelde Estuary.

Added on: 2018-09-07 13:20:37 by Goossens, Jolien
The Belgian acoustic tracking network in the Schelde Estuary reveals for the first time that silver European eels use selective tidal stream transport to migrate in a bioenergetic efficient way to the sea for spawning. ...

European Marine Board calls for more coherent biological ocean observations in Europe

Added on: 2018-08-08 10:06:50 by Fockedey, Nancy
The latest Future Science Letter No. 3 from the European Marine Board (EMB) - entitled "Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations" - reflects the vision of a strategic pan-European forum on the current (and future) capacity and relevance of biological observations in the European seas. In contrast to chemical and physical observations, observation networks on biological parameters in Europe do not appear to be highly organized. There is often a lack of coordination between measurement systems and observations can not be integrated optimally. A multifunctional, well-integrated biological ocean observation system will strongly promote the biological knowledge of seas and oceans - in Europe and worldwide. Something of great importance for maintaining a healthy ocean for a healthy society. ...

DiatomBase Portal launched!

Added on: 2018-06-27 09:18:16 by Vandepitte, Leen
After more than 2 years of preparations, the DiatomBase portal is now officially launched. ...

European seabass as test case in innovative acoustic telemetry research

Added on: 2018-06-25 13:51:54 by Fockedey, Nancy
The European seabass is a highly tasted species, loved by sea anglers. Since 2010, this predatory fish suffers from a decline in the southern North Sea. To support the restoration policy, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is starting this summer to following seabass with so-called 'combination transmitters'. Special about these transmitters is that they not only register the presence of the fish, but also carry out continuous measurements of water depth and temperature. VLIZ calls on fishermen and beachcombers to keep track of found transmitters and to report them via info@lifewatch.be. ...

Talitraits: Feeding the Talitridae species in WoRMS with a variety of ecological information

Added on: 2018-06-05 17:10:38 by Goossens, Jolien
Last week - on May 30 and 31st – 8 thematic experts on Talitridae came together for the first time during a LifeWatch-WoRMS sponsored workshop. The workshop took place at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete, where it was organized back-to-back with the 8th International Sandy Beaches Symposium (ISBS). The group focused on identifying relevant traits for the Talitridae, and adding this data through the Amphipoda Species Database. ...

WRiMS: reporting introduced species in WoRMS 2.0

Added on: 2018-05-24 12:35:40 by Lanssens, Thomas
On 23 April 2018, a number of editors of the World Register of Introduced Species (WRiMS) started a three day workshop in the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). These three days were used to evaluate, complete and improve the content of this WoRMS thematic register (TSD). ...

Early Career & Achievement Award granted to François Le Coze and Geoff Read

Added on: 2018-05-17 17:37:41 by Vanhoorne, Bart
The 2nd WoRMS Early Career Researchers and 3rd WoRMS Achievement Award were granted respectively to François Le Coze and Geoff Read. Congratulations! ...

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