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Sound impact on fish populations

Added on: 2017-05-19 16:06:19 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The first of April was the official start of Phase II of the collaborative “PCAD4Cod”-project on the effect of sound on fish populations. Hans Slabbekoorn, associate professor at the IBL, is the principal investigator and collaborates with three PhD-students, Dr. Erwin Winter, (Wageningen Marine Research), Dr. Jan Reubens (Flanders Marine Institute) and several international experts. The Joint Industry Programme on E&P Sound and Marine Life invested € 2.000.000 into the project for the coming two years. ...

Nemertea Portal launched!

Added on: 2017-05-05 15:28:54 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Nemertea are now available through their own Portal: the World Nemertea Database. ...

Nemertea and Parasite experts together at VLIZ, during a double WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2017-04-28 14:17:02 by Vandepitte, Leen
On April 24-26 2017, the Flanders Marine Institute – home of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) – welcomed 23 editors, with expertise in Nemertea (3) and Parasites (20). Both groups were at VLIZ for the first ‘double’ LifeWatch-sponsored workshop. ...

The EMODnet biology (phase 3) project kicks off in Ostend

Added on: 2017-04-25 12:03:03 by Vanhoorne, Bart
The EMODnet biology (phase 3) project kicks off in Oostende from 25-26 April 2017.

 


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European Tracking Network (ETN) Workshop

Added on: 2017-04-20 13:19:18 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On 19-20 April, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) hosted a two-day workshop to address several questions to enable such ETN network to become active and operational. ...

Towards a better data transfer to and from the maritime economy

Added on: 2017-04-20 10:30:02 by Fockedey, Nancy
The COLUMBUS project published the document ‘'Use and sharing of marine observations and data by industry' that addresses the specific needs, bottlenecks and challenges regarding the use of marine data by the industry. The publication contains a number of recommendations and some good practices in order to obtain a better data flow from and to the maritime economy, and to enhance Blue Growth. ...

Double EurOBIS/OBIS training in Poland

Added on: 2017-04-07 15:39:40 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
From 3 till 7 April, the EurOBIS Data Management Team provided a double training workshop in Poland. During both workshops, the participants were submerged into EurOBIS & OBIS, and other related initiatives such as EMODnet Biology and LifeWatch, and how all these initiatives relate to GBIF. Next to a general introduction, the participants were trained in how to process their own datasets to submit them to EurOBIS, from where they will flow to OBIS. ...

Open call to design a new logo for the World Register of Marine Species

Added on: 2017-03-30 13:10:09 by Vandepitte, Leen
2017 is the tenth anniversary year of WoRMS. One of the major actions planned for this year is a re-vamping of the WoRMS website. This will include a brand-new logo. ...

Preparations to launch DiatomBase enter their final stage

Added on: 2017-03-30 09:52:24 by Vandepitte, Leen
Last week, 15 taxonomic experts for DiatomBase got together for the first time, during a LifeWatch-WoRMS sponsored workshop. This get-together is the official start of DiatomBase, a world register of all marine, non-marine, recent and fossil diatom species. ...

The Register of Antarctic Species moves forward

Added on: 2017-03-29 09:06:35 by Vandepitte, Leen
The launch of the new Register of Antarctic Species (RAS) is planned for July, during the Twelfth SCAR Biology Symposium. Meanwhile, the preparations to get this Portal populated are ongoing, and this included an intensive training of the involved editors in the use of the online platform. ...

LifeWatch Observatory Sensors Meeting

Added on: 2017-03-22 15:43:15 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On Thursday January 26th 2017, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and imec met for the first time to explore opportunities for collaboration on sensor data analysis. ...

PRESS RELEASE - Critically endangered eels arrive in our Flemish rivers after a 6000 kilometer migration

Added on: 2017-03-20 10:36:03 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
With spring hanging in the air, also the glass eels are arriving at the Flemish coast. Coming from the Sargasso Sea they currently are swimming up rivers and channels, a journey full of obstacles. Here and elsewhere in Europe, the numbers of arriving glass eel dropped drastically to a fraction (2%) of the numbers arriving 50 years ago. One of the main reasons for this sharp decline and their status as 'Critically Endangered' species are the many barriers that adult eel experience in their migration route to the sea. ...

New European 'Big Data' e-infrastructure to support biodiversity research

Added on: 2017-03-17 16:25:23 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On March 17th 2017, the European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project. ...

Today is Taxonomist Appreciation Day!

Added on: 2017-03-17 15:18:31 by Vandepitte, Leen
Back in 2013, Terry McGlynn – researcher & associate Professor of Biology at the California State University Dominguez Hills – has declared March 19th as a new holiday, being “Taxonomist Appreciation Day”. ...

Successful external acoustic tagging of twaite shad Alosa fallax (Lacépède 1803)

Added on: 2017-03-13 14:17:41 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
New publication about the LifeWatch.be Fish Acoustic Receiver Network ...

When OTN meets ETN...

Added on: 2017-03-09 11:41:38 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
During the European Telemetry Network (ETN) / Ocean Tracking Network Database (OTN) Workshop (February 14th-17th 2017, Halifax, Canada), the technical teams from ETN and OTN compared their database infrastructure, evaluated and planned for collaborative efforts to carry forward, and discovered new methods, both policy and programming, to strengthen the collaborative efforts of OTN and the ETN. ...

Thanks to many hands the World Register for Marine Species is becoming more complete

Added on: 2017-02-10 09:25:44 by Fockedey, Nancy
The World register for marine species (WoRMS) aspires to contain all marine species ever described worldwide in one list. With the financial assistance of the project LifeWatch we were able to organize several data grants, meetings and workshops for experts in the course of 2016 designed to further improve this register and continue to complete it. The result? Thousands of new names added, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...

Aristotle and marine biodiversity

Added on: 2016-12-15 12:16:56 by Vandepitte, Leen
Although many people are not aware of this, Aristotle has made many contributions to the field of marine biology. To celebrate his specific contributions, we are featuring 5 stories linking Aristotle's scientific contributions to taxonomy, ecology and species distributions to current day initiatives. ...

Big brother is watching you!

Added on: 2016-12-08 14:01:15 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Find out more about the four Birdcams currently installed in the Belgian Marine LifeWatch Observatory ...

The LifeWatch Wallonia-Brussels team publishes their ecotope database of the Walloon region

Added on: 2016-11-24 10:17:24 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
This prototype of object-based landscape description provides more than 80 biotic and abiotic variables for functionally homogeneous landscape units. Online navigation tools help you navigate through the integrated information layers and the database is available for ecological modelers. ...

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