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Zoom on dredging operations in Markermeer (Figure: RBINS - Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2016).
02/06/2016

Marker Wadden Dredging Operations Observed by Sentinel-2A Satellite

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Sigrid Maebe

In the Netherlands, dredging operations in the lake Markermeer can be seen from space! RBINS scientists process satellite images and validate these images with measurements in the lake.

Addax antelope (Photo: Thomas Rabeil/Sahara Conservation Fund)
26/05/2016

Good News and Bad News from the Sahara

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Sigrid Maebe

The reintroduction of the Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) in Chad is a very positive development for the species.  Unfortunately, in the meantime, regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax (

20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Picture: Thierry Hubin – RBINS)
23/05/2016

Save the Biodiversity - 1001 Decisions

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Sigrid Maebe

On May 20, 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Biodiversity is life! But that life is threatened ...

NSOSC2016
12/05/2016

Last chance: Call for abstracts North Sea Open Science Conference 2016

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Sigrid Maebe

From 7 – 10 November 2016, OD Nature of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organise the North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 in Ostend, Belgium. The call for abstracts will be closed on May 15th.

Narwhal in the autopsy room (Picture RBINS-OD Nature).
03/05/2016

Narwhal in the River Scheldt Probably Died of Starvation

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Sigrid Maebe

On 27 April 2016, a dead narwhal was found in the river Scheldt, near the sluice of Wintam (Bornem). The autopsy revealed that the animal probably died of starvation. The narwhal is an arctic species that has never before been observed in Belgium.

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