Research projects

01/10/2013 to 31/10/2016

A network for marine optics measurements in turbid waters

A network for marine optics measurements in turbid waters.

Data gathered from different regions (North Sea, Gironde, La Plata, Mediterranean) are used to test models to retrieve turbidity from reflectance.

01/10/2013 to 30/09/2016

Ant trophic functions in mountain rainforests revealed by biochemical analyses

In lowland tropical forests, ants play a variety of trophic functions in green food webs but their abundance and diversity decrease with elevation. How these functions are altered by elevation and how ants are replaced by other key arthropod taxa remain poorly studied due to the difficulty to determine ant diet by direct observations.

01/10/2013 to 31/12/2015

JELLYMOD – Modelling jellyfish in the North Sea

Whether jellyfish occurrence is increasing worldwide is still under debate. In the Belgian continental shelf, the occurrence of jellyfish swarms may be problematic for at least two reasons: tourism and marine ecology. In the summer 2013, many people have suffered from jellyfish’s stinger during recreation at the seaside in Belgium.

01/03/2013 to 28/02/2017

EUROFLEETS 2: New operational steps towards an alliance of European research fleets

EUROFLEETS2 will enhance integration through specific actions aimed at consolidating the organization, methodology and tools initiated during EUROFLEETS1 and through operational initiatives towards more integrated, interoperable and cost effective European fleets for the benefit of academic, industrial and operational marine research.

01/01/2013 to 31/12/2014

BelGOYA (BELSPO, 2013-2014)

The general objective of the BEL-GOYA project was to develop, compare and validate algorithms for atmospheric correction and suspended particulate matter (SPM) retrieval from ocean colour satellite data of extremely turbid river plumes and estuaries.
01/12/2012 to 31/05/2017

EU BON: Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network

Sustainable governance of our biological resources demands reliable scientific knowledge to be accessible and applicable to the needs of society.

01/01/2012 to 31/12/2014

SeaSWIR (BELSPO, 2012-2014)

Use of the Short Wave Infrared (SWIR, 1-3 m) range offers new opportunities, but requires fundamental research and measurements for a sound theoretical basis. Providing this basis is the focus of the SeaSWIR proposal.
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2011

COASTCOLOUR (ESA, 2007-2011)

The importance of the coastal zone for economic activities, and the anthropogenic stresses on the ecosystem, have been described and discussed widely throughout the past 20 years.
01/12/2006 to 30/11/2011


The objective of the BELCOLOUR-2 project was to further improve the quality of existing optical remote sensing products for marine, coastal and inland waters and to develop innovative products including primary production and partial pressure of CO2 for key applications such as aquaculture and air-sea CO2 fluxes. This project has now ended.
01/01/2005 to 31/12/2006

Bottom Reflectance and Adjacency Experiment (BRADEX) (BELSPO/STEREO SR/58/041, 2005-2006)

The BRADEX (Bottom Reflectance and Adjacency Experiment) project aims to improve the scientific basis for processing of optical remote sensing imagery in shallow coastal and inland waters, where bottom reflectance and/or adjacency effects (“environmental straylight”) may be significant.


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