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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. ...

FishBase receives the Le Cren Medal

Added on: 2017-07-13 15:33:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles awarded the 2017 Le Cren Medal to FishBase for “a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.” ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch funds available to organize editor workshops in 2017-2018

Added on: 2017-07-07 16:13:16 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address a number of priority gaps within WoRMS. This can be done through the organization of an editor-workshop. ...

Final stage of large research effort linked to LifeWatch data infrastructure

Added on: 2017-06-14 13:24:20 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
On Monday June 19th Samuel Bosch will publicly defend his doctoral thesis entitled: "Marine species distributions: from data to predictive models". The defense will take place at 4 PM, Auditorium Valère Billiet, Krijgslaan 281 S8, 9000 Ghent. Promoter of this PhD is Prof. Dr. Olivier Declerck from Ghent University. Parts of this thesis were conducted in close collaboration with the VLIZ data center division and supported by LifeWatch. ...

A 10 year overview of IRMNG, the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera

Added on: 2017-06-13 13:56:54 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Earlier this week, an Open Access paper was published, featuring an overview of the 10 year history of the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera, and explaining its way forward. ...

8 June: World Oceans Day!

Added on: 2017-06-08 08:50:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
Since 2002, June 8th has been declared World Oceans Day. ...

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”. ...

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