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LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: Towards improved LifeWatch sampling campaigns

Added on: 2018-03-26 15:46:59 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On February 22nd-23rd 2018, 22 experts met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend to explore how the LifeWatch sampling campaigns can be improved and how the generated long-term data series can be analyzed. ...

High-tech LifeWatch observatory unravels marine life in North Sea

Added on: 2018-03-07 10:06:26 by Fockedey, Nancy
LifeWatch Belgium, as a part of the European LifeWatch infrastructure, can be considered as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. With the support of Flanders to LifeWatch, VLIZ has a.o. developed a Marine Observatory. It aims to collect scientific data with innovative technology in an automated manner, and to make these data freely available to all potential users. On the one hand, several innovative devices to map phytoplankton (Flow Cytometer) and zooplankton (Video Plankton Recorder) are used during monthly campaigns in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the other hand, four passive networks register and detect the presence of larger organisms (birds, porpoises, bats and fish) with a minimal human effort. ...

So many legs, so little time…

Added on: 2018-03-05 10:28:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
MilliBase: Global Diplopod species catalog launched: Check it out now and come back often! ...

MarineRegions.org launches update register worldwide maritime borders and names

Added on: 2018-02-26 15:55:17 by Fockedey, Nancy
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has been investing for more than 10 years in an open source system for making maritime borders available and names underwater locations worldwide: MarineRegions.org. The download of shapefiles (polygons or polylines) and checklists of maritime and underwater locations is free for academic and educational users*. In the latest version of Marine Regions (v10), new treaties were added and the disputes known from the earlier version addressed to us were addressed. ...

New release: version 10 of the Maritime Boundaries

Added on: 2018-02-21 18:03:56 by Oset Garcia, Paula
MarineRegions.org is proud to launch version 10 of the Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase. ...

Expanding MolluscaBase – welcoming freshwater and terrestrial editors during a WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2018-02-19 10:15:10 by Vandepitte, Leen
In the week of 5-9 February, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – host of Aphia, the online platform behind WoRMS and its many subregisters – welcomed Mollusca-experts for 4 days, to expand the content of MolluscaBase with their freshwater and terrestrial representatives and to document species traits. ...

Nemys: saying goodbye to its chief editor and major plans to move forward

Added on: 2018-02-15 09:09:27 by Vandepitte, Leen
Katja Guilini is passing on her chief editor responsibilities after leading Nemys since 2015. Meanwhile, the register will evolve towards a fully global initiative, soon to include freshwater and terrestrial representatives. ...

LifeWatch Belgium: from DNA Barcoding for forensics to long-term observations of harbour porpoises

Added on: 2018-01-30 12:24:53 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On January 25th-26th 2018, the LifeWatch.be Users & Stakeholders meeting was organized at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend. ...

European Marine Biology Symposium 53 - Call for Abstracts

Added on: 2018-01-17 10:23:11 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
From 17 till 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium will be organizing the 53rd edition of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium. ...

Publication based on WoRMS: Improving nomenclatural consistency - a decade of experience in WoRMS

Added on: 2018-01-05 14:01:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
Just before the end of 2017, an Open Access Opinion Paper was published in the European Journal of Taxonomy by the WoRMS Steering Committee, on the importance of nomenclatural consistency and how this is being dealt with in WoRMS, based on its 10-year experience. This paper also frames within the 10 year anniversary celebration of WoRMS. ...

Bio-ORACLE v2.0 is released

Added on: 2018-01-03 11:24:20 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Extending marine data layers for bioclimatic modelling ...

Reshaping biodiversity & ecosystem research

Added on: 2017-12-18 16:50:59 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
At the occasion of "Ecology across Borders", BES, GFÖ, NecoV and EEF joint annual meeting (Ghent, 11-14 December 2017), LifeWatch-ERIC presented itself to the wide European ecological community. ...

WoRMS celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Added on: 2017-11-06 16:33:27 by Vandepitte, Leen
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) can blow out 10 candles this year… Since its launch in 2007, WoRMS has evolved tremendously – including the technology behind it -, and we are celebrating this with a complete make-over of the website. ...

Turbellarian WoRMS portal launched

Added on: 2017-10-25 14:17:34 by Vandepitte, Leen
A new World list is made available on the Turbellarian worms, including the Acoelomorpha, Catenulida and Rhabditophora. This World List now contains 3.425 accepted species names and is one of the most complete existing resources for Turbellarian taxa. ...

Awardees for the WoRMS Achievement & Early Career Researchers Award known

Added on: 2017-10-19 11:18:12 by Vandepitte, Leen
Ben Thuy has received the first Early Career Researchers Award. The second WoRMS Achievement Award was granted to Geoff Boxshall, long-time supporter of WoRMS. ...

EMODnet Data Products Workshop

Added on: 2017-10-12 12:45:09 by Claus, Simon
Representatives from all four regional sea commissions, transatlantic partnerships, industry, conservation and management organisations met in London on the 10th October for an EMODnet Biology meeting to steer the development of key biological data products. ...

WoRMS and the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) renew their collaboration!

Added on: 2017-10-11 09:37:54 by Vandepitte, Leen
Eight years after the signing of the first MoU between EOL & WoRMS, the content of the MoU has been updated to meet the current content and possibilities of both systems. ...

LifeWatch Data Analysis Workshop: LifeWatch Cetacean passive acoustic sensor network

Added on: 2017-10-10 09:33:50 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On October 5th-6th 2017, 14 experts met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend to explore and analyze the C-POD data generated by the Belgian LifeWatch Cetacean passive acoustic sensor network. ...

MoU between FADA and WoRMS is a fact!

Added on: 2017-09-08 16:42:12 by Vandepitte, Leen
A data exchange agreement between the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) and the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has been signed! ...

Bio-ORACLE v2.0: Marine Data Layers for Bioclimatic Modelling released

Added on: 2017-07-14 11:51:49 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Bio-ORACLE v2.0 is a set of GIS rasters providing geophysical, biotic and environmental data for surface and benthic marine realms. ...

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