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Main research question/goal

As a Belgian partner in EMODNET, ILVO places its historical ecological marine data on the Belgian Part of the North Sea on the official European portal site. In This Way They are available for consultation and data mining. EMODNET (in full: European Marine Observation and Data Network) has the task of studying the seas and unlocking the Data according to international standards, for researchers, governments and private companies. ILVO has monitoring data since 1978, from both the Benthos, Epibenthos, Demer sale fish fauna and zooplankton at various places in the BPNS. These data are often characterized by their limited size in space and time, they are frequently fragmented into small datasets for certain types of groups or habitats. At the request of the European Commission, the EMODNET partners are systematically merging and structuring the many individual datasets into interchangeable data products. It follows the (Money saving) principle "Collect once and use many times ".

Research approach

ILVO is involved in the work packages 2 and 5 of EmodnetIII. On the biology portal, the neatly processed ILVO biodiversity data on the Belgian Part of the North Sea (BPNS) are further systematically made available. In addition, we work in WP5 to increase the outreach of this portal and its products through a thorough consultation with stakeholders. The development of this data portal is coordinated by the Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ).


Marine biodiversity data are essential to determine and monitor the health of the ecosystem in maritime areas (for instance, the North Sea and Baltic Sea). The fragmentation of marine data (per institute, country, etc.) severely hinders the ability to make evaluations on a larger scale. An overarching data portal with biological data has an obvious added value for policy. In addition, this is also useful in terms of the European environmental guidelines, which seek to evaluate the state of health of all ecosystems and for entire marine areas.

Effective start/end date17/04/1716/04/21

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