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The Lifewatch Wallonia-Brussels portal has been updated !

Added on: 2019-03-29 15:44:14 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
In addition to the land surface dynamics (weekly unusual snow cover and vegetation greenness; annual summary of fire events) and the ecotope database (integrated quantitative database of the abiotic and environmental variables based on large scale polygons), new data and tools are now available for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. ...

WoRMS press release: Ten remarkable new marine species from 2018

Added on: 2019-03-19 10:12:19 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
This year we have released our list of the top-ten marine species of 2018 to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation day - March 19th! ...

New Bulletin of Land Surface Dynamics out!

Added on: 2019-02-28 08:44:04 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The second half of 2018 was mostly marked by severe droughts in Europe, lasting until October in some areas and having significant impacts on agriculture and biodiversity. ...

LifeWatch ERIC is hiring

Added on: 2019-01-29 08:55:54 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
LifeWatch ERIC has opened 4 vacancies for positions at its Service Centre, Lecce, Italy.

Downloading tidal data to understand the behaviour of a migrating eel

Added on: 2019-01-22 09:35:16 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
A research use case for the R package wateRinfo (published as rOpenSci blog post). ...

New LifeWatch data loggers for eels are easily retrieved

Added on: 2019-01-16 16:00:24 by Fockedey, Nancy
The new, orange coloured data loggers that are used within the LifeWatch program to gain more insight into the migratory routes of the European eels Anguilla Anguilla are easily found by beachcombers and tourists. By putting all captured temperature and depth data together, we will learn more about the behavior of this critically endangered species during its migration through the English Channel. ...

Launch EMODnet Atlas of European Marine Life

Added on: 2018-12-19 08:50:58 by Claus, Simon
EMODnet Biology is proud to unveil a new and innovative showcase of exemplar marine biological data products. ...

WoRMS and Alive Fundació sign an MoU

Added on: 2018-12-17 09:42:32 by Vandepitte, Leen
Recently, WoRMS and the Alive Fundació signed a collaboration agreement. The Alive Fundació will use the WoRMS taxonomy for its SeaLife Collection, and WoRMS will be given access to their enormous media database, supporting WoRMS in achieving its goal to have an image available for each marine species. ...

Novel insights on European eel inferred from acoustic telemetry

Added on: 2018-12-11 09:35:27 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On Friday December 7th, Pieterjan Verhelst (Ghent University) publicly defended his doctoral thesis entitled: "European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) movement behaviour in relation to habitat fragmentation - Novel insights inferred from acoustic telemetry". ...

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. ...