Research projects

01/03/2015 to 31/12/2020


EU-PolarNet aims to improve co-ordination between EU member polar research institutions building on existing networks to create a resource orientated infrastructure access and usage plan. This plan would allow for the co-ordination of data and infrastructure between all the partner organisations.

01/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

TurbiNet (BELSPO, 2015-2017)

TURBINET is a network to establish long-term collaboration and data-sharing by establishing harmonized measurement protocols and data quality for ocean colour satellite data validation activities.
01/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

Case2X (ESA SEOM, 2015-2017)

The objective was to study and advance the state of the art of retrieval of water reflectances, IOPs and concentrations from ocean colour data of extreme absorbing and extreme scattering Case 2 waters, demonstrating this with MERIS historical data and preparing algorithms and processors for the near future Sentinel 3 OLCI and SLSTR sensors.
01/01/2015 to 31/12/2016

Monitoring the biodiversity dynamics of Lake Tanganyika

This project is a VLIR-UOS South Initiative, with a budget of 75,000 €. The promoter in Belgium is Prof. Ludwig Triest (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and in Burundi, Prof. Joël Ndayishimiye (Université du Burundi). Its co-promoters are Dr Luc Janssens de Bisthoven (CEBioS) and Benoit Nzigidahera (OBPE, Burundi).

01/01/2015 to 31/12/2016

Sustainable land and water use in Lake Manyara (Tanzania)

"Balancing water for biodiversity and socio-economic use in a changing climate: towards a Decision Support System for sustainable land and water use in Lake Manyara" is a VLIR-UOS North-South-South project with a budget of 75,000 €. Promotors: Prof. L. Brendonck (KU Leuven) and Prof. H. Komakech (NM-AIST). Co-promotor: Dr. L. Janssens de Bisthoven
15/12/2014 to 15/03/2019

NewSTHEPS: New Strategies for Monitoring and Risk Assessment of Hazardous Chemicals in the Marine

NewSTHEPS will develop innovative approaches and novel practical techniques that address the current fundamental scientific and methodological issues related to the implementation of Good Environmental Status (GES) for Descriptor 8 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in national and European waters.

15/12/2014 to 15/03/2017

LATTECO: Lateral Gene Transfer as a Radically Novel Mechanism for Ecological Adaptations

LATTECO will investigate whether novel genes have been acquired by lateral gene transfer (LGT) in the ostracod Darwinula stevensoni. We chose this micro-crustacean as model species because it is of old age (several million years), is a putative ancient asexual and has a wide ecological tolerance.

01/12/2014 to 28/02/2019

Developments of methods to improve the monitoring of MSFD indicators 6 and 7

Within Europe’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), progress towards Good Environmental Status (GES) needs monitoring in a most time- and cost-effective way. For the GES descriptors 6 and 7, on seafloor integrity and hydrographic conditions, respectively, new integrative indicators (i.e.

01/09/2014 to 31/12/2017

Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining of the Joint Programming Initiative Oceans

The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) is a coordinating and integrating platform for marine and maritime research and innovation, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries.

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2017

High spatial and temporal Resolution ocean colour products and services

The HIGHROC (HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour) project will carry out the research and development necessary for the next generation coastal water products and services from ocean colour space-borne data by giving an order of magnitude improvement in both temporal and spatial resolution.


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