Research projects

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.

01/01/2014 to 31/12/2017

Improved monitoring and forecasting of ecological status of European INland waters by combining Future earth ObseRvation data and Models

The 4-years EU FP7-SPACE INFORM project started on 1 January 2014 aims to develop novel and improved user-driven products for inland water quality (WQ) monitoring by using innovative remote sensing methods integrated into biogeochemical models which fully exploits the improved spectral, spatial and temporal capabilities of upcoming Earth Observa

15/12/2013 to 15/03/2018

RECTO: Refugia and Ecosystem Tolerance in the Southern Ocean

Confronted with fast-paced environmental changes, biota in Antarctic ecosystems are strongly challenged and face three possible outcomes: adaptation, migration or extinction.

01/12/2013 to 31/12/2016

PAMIR: A Portal to Atmospheric and Marine Information Resources

The purpose of the PAMIR project is to explore common and specific aspects of atmospheric and oceanographic data validation and documentation in order to generate harmonised practice guidelines and tools in compliance with international standards.

01/12/2013 to 31/08/2016

AquaRES: Aquatic species Register Exchange and Services

AquaRES is a Belspo funded BRAIN project in which VLIZ, ULB and RBINS collaborate to set up the exchange between the species registers WoRMS,

30/11/2013 to 30/11/2017


The goal of the vERSO project is to assess the impact of the main stressors driven by global change

on benthic Antarctic ecosystems using an integrated multiscale approach including

representative taxa from different size classes of the benthos. Two principal regions with current

31/10/2013 to 30/09/2018

SPatial and environmental determinants of Eco-Evolutionary DYnamics: anthropogenic environments as a model

The overall objective of SPEEDY is to obtain integrated insight into the responses of populations and communities to urbanization.


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