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Algal bloom near the coast of Ostend, detected by the European satellite Sentinel 2. (Photo: ESA)
06/07/2017

Algal Bloom Along Belgian Coast Detected From Space

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Kelle Moreau

In May 2016, scientists observed an intense algal bloom very close to the Belgian coast. They managed this by using the European satellite Sentinel-2. This satellite can help monitor areas that are unreachable for a research vessel.

Biologists Sophie Gryseels, Herwig Leirs and Erik Verheyen will investigate the cause of the 2017 Ebola outbreak in northern Congo (Photo: University of Antwerp)
27/06/2017

Belgian Researchers Join Investigation Into Cause of Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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Reinout Verbeke

A small-scale Ebola epidemic broke out in northern Congo in May was contained relatively quickly.

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30/03/2017

Aerial Surveillance Results 2016

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Sigrid Maebe

In 2016 RBINS flew a total of 273 hours on missions to observe the North Sea from the air. Our operators detected 33 instances of pollution caused by vessels at sea: 13 operational discharges and 20 accidental discharges.

Report Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms
17/03/2017

Update on the Environmental Effects of Wind farms in Belgian Waters

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Sigrid Maebe

In Belgian waters, three wind farms are now operational, one is under construction, and five more will be constructed in the near future.

Top left: a Dwarf Sperm Whale (image Hannah Jones; not the animal of 22 January 2017), bottom left: Harbour Porpoise (image Peter Evans). Right: images of the animal of 22 January 2017 (Bart Van Gelder, An Ceulemans, Bram Conings, Jean-Paul Théâtre).
31/01/2017

First Observation of a Dwarf Sperm Whale in Belgium

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Sigrid Maebe

On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 there was a special observation at sea: a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) has been spotted near Ostend!

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