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4 decades of Belgian marine monitoring

uplifting historical data to today's needs

INTRODUCTION

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.

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

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Third annual meeting of our BRAIN project

Added on: 04 May 2017
On 27 March 2017, the third annual meeting of the BRAIN project ‘4Decades of Belgian Marine Monitoring: uplifting historical data to today’s needs’ (4DEMON) took place in the offices of BELSPO where the progresses of the topics were presented to the follow-up committee. The deadline is extended until June 2018. At this stage, most data have been gathered, intercalibrations are almost finalized and models and statistical methods are being applied on the datasets. ...

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