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Research projects

01/01/2010 to 31/12/2014

The former occurrence of sturgeon in the North Sea: the contribution of archaeozoology and ancient DNA

Doctoral thesis by Els Thieren at the Faculty of Sciences KU Leuven on the identification of the sturgeon species occurring in the North Sea during prehistoric and historic times. The study material includes both modern and archaeological specimens.
01/01/2010 to 31/12/2013

The microchemistry of fish-otoliths: a method for unraveling Paleocene and Eocene temperature fluctuations and seasonal variations in climate in the North Atlantic

The Paleocene and particularly the early Eocene are characterized by high global mean temperatures and carbon dioxide levels. Therefore, this period is considered  as a deep-time analog for future global warming, induced by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

01/10/2009 to 31/12/2014

Endemic Evolution and Faunal Turnover of the European Paleocene Mammals

The project focuses on the early radiation of European mammals at the beginning of the Cenozoic era, and their evolution until the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. Study of mammals from new localities allows discerning adaptive radiation, endemic evolution and dispersal of mammals just after the dinosaur’s extinction.
01/01/2009 to 31/12/2018

Prehistoric canids and the early domestication of the wolf

Our group has recently demonstrated the antiquity of this domestication of the dog. The study of canid assemblages from prehistoric sites will allow us to address the importance fossil dogs and wolves had for prehistoric people. We will test different hypotheses to infer the several roles the large canids played in the life of prehistoric people.
PSS-CCS
01/01/2009 to 31/12/2012

PSS-CCS: Policy Support System for Carbon Capture and Storage

While Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) seems to be a viable option from a technical, geological and economic point of view, the critical question that remains is how and at which cost CCS can be implemented at a large scale in the near future.

GECO Project
01/01/2009 to 31/12/2011

GECO: Geology for an ECOnomic sustainable development

The Belgian Federal Government entrusted the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences to develop a ‘centre of excellence’ oriented towards a sustainable management of natural resources, especially those from Democratic Republic of Congo.
TRACE: Traceability of heterogenite
01/11/2008 to 31/10/2009

TRACE: TRACeability of hEterogenite

The TRACE project aims to develop tools oriented towards the analytical traceability of heterogenite, a secondary cobalt ore in Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is conducted in common with the research centre GECO and the TASK FORCE MIRECA.
OneGeology-Europe
11/09/2008 to 11/09/2010

OneGeology-Europe

The OneGeology-Europe program consists in uniting geological data and maps all over Europe at the 1:1,000,000 and make it web accessible. Through a multilingual webportal the European geological surveys will provide an interactive geological map of Europe.
01/01/2008 to 01/01/2010

GEOBELPHOT

The Geobelphot (valorisation of the Belgian geological heritage) programme consists of gathering basic documentation on remarkable Belgian geological sites (as slides, pictures, geological descriptions).
01/01/2008 to 01/01/2010

BUG: Brussels Urban Geology

The goal of the programme concerns the possibility of creating a performing computer system (Brussels Urban Geology) that will allow a fast and direct access to 2D and 3D geology of the Brussels subsoil using GIS.

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