odnature.naturalsciences.be is the scientific web platform for the Operational Directorate Natural Environment (or OD Nature in short), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. It will host web sites and applications related to our various research groups, teams, operational services and projects for which specialised scientific web development is required. More information about RBINS and OD Nature can be found on our corporate web site.

We are developing and hosting scientific web sites and applications related to

oceanography mathematical modelling environmental emergency response tools sediment transport the Belgica conservation biology biodiversity impact assessment threatened habitats remote sensing and satellite imagery ecosystem modelling eutrophication management capacity building numerous project web sites data software ... and much more

NOOS-Drift

NOOS-Drift new


NOOS‑Drift improve drift forecast accuracy in the European North West Continental Shelf Seas.

The vision is to develop a distributed system connecting the national drift forecast services.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/noosdrift/ new

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling environmental emergency response service web site partially public
MARINE FORECASTS

Marine forecasts
Operational oceanographic forecasts for the North Sea


The user-friendly interface to our trusted marine forecasts is being redesigned from scratch.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/marine-forecasting-centre/

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling service web site public
MUMM

Management of the marine environment
by the MUMM Scientific Service


Check out the new website of the scientific service Management Unit of the Mathematical Models of the North Sea. In Belgium MUMM is responsible for the follow up of activities at sea.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/mumm/

Wind farms at sea Munition deposit Paardenmarkt Aquaculture Belgian aerial surveillance at sea service web site public
1001 voor biodiversiteit

1001 tips to promote biodiversity


Go ahead and give a hand to biodiversity !

Choose your actions and join more than 20,000 people already acting for our planet.

http://www.1001voorbiodiversiteit.be/ http://www.1001pourlabiodiversite.be/ http://www.1001fuerdiebiodiversitaet.be/

biodiversity environmental management web site public
BeBirds

BeBirds
Belgian Ringing Scheme


BeBirds is active on the following topics : routes and strategies of migration, population trends, problematic of invasive bird species, long-term monitoring of fragile species, epidemiological surveillance in wild birds.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/bebirds/

biology > ornithology nature conservation data project web site public
HNS-MS

HNS-MS


HNS-MS is a decision-support tool forecasting the drift, fate and behavior of acute marine pollution by Harmful Noxious Substances (HNS) accidentally released in the marine system.

https://www.hns-ms.eu/

oceanography mathematical modelling environmental emergency response project web site partially public
RV BELGICA

The RV Belgica
Our floating laboratory


The RV Belgica helps researchers from universities and scientific institutes in their quest for a better understanding of the structure and working of the ecosystem of our seas.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/belgica/

new Check out the renewed ODAS application and access automated, continuous measurements.

oceanography data service web site public
COHERENS

COHERENS
Modelling system for shallow waters


COHERENS is a modelling system designed for a wide range of applications in coastal and shelf seas, estuaries, lakes and reservoirs. The development of COHERENS is led by researchers at RBINS in collaboration with worldwide scientists.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/coherens/

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling product web site public
REMSEM

REMSEM
REMote Sensing and Ecosystem Modelling


REMSEM carries out scientific research in the fields of remote sensing and ecosystem modelling with the aim of improving the long term scientific basis for management of the marine ecosystem.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/remsem/

oceanography > physics, ecosystems remote sensing mathematical modelling team web site public
Marine Atlas

The Marine atlas project


Geographic information and GIS layers related to management zones put in place by the Royal Decree of March 2014, establishing the spatial use of the Belgian part of the North Sea for the period 2014-2020.

http://www.marineatlas.be/ new

management data > gis layers service web site public
CEBioS

CEBioS
Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development


The CEBioS programme is carrying out capacity building for partners of the Belgian cooperation in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development linked to poverty eradication.

http://cebios.naturalsciences.be/

biodiversity capacity building policy cooperation project web site public
TILES

TILES
Transnational and Integrated Long-term Marine Exploitation Strategies


TILES is devoted to the creation of a harmonized geological knowledgebase of the Belgian and southern Dutch part of the North Sea. Most innovatively, the geological resource will be quantified in 5 dimensions: space, depth, time, and associated uncertainties.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/tiles/

oceanography > geology Project web site public
SWAP

SWAP
Scientific Web sites and APplications


SWAP (Scientific Web sites and Applications) is a small, results-oriented, multidisciplinary team of scientists whose missions are to plan, develop and maintain scientific web sites and applications for OD Nature.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/swap/

web development service web site team web site public
TILES

IBISCA
Investigating the BIodiversity of Soil and Canopy Arthropods


Our aim in IBISCA is to study the spatial and temporal distribution of the organisms which constitute a major part of forest biodiversity: arthropods

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/ibisca/

biodiversity Project web site public
HIGHROC

The HIGHROC Project


The HIGHROC (HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour) project carries 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.

http://www.highroc.eu/

oceanography > physics remote sensing project web site public
MarCoast

The Marcoast-2 imagery database


OD Nature is a Service Provider in the MarCoast-2 (Marine & Coastal Environmental Information Services) GMES project. We deliver Chlorophyll, algae bloom detection and timing satellite imagery products.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/marcoast/

oceanography remote sensing data service web site public
How Bis Is Belgica?

How Big is Belgica?


The RV Belgica's 30-year anniversary web site, with a specially made movie and links to social media resources.

http://www.howbigisbelgica.be/

oceanography project web site public
EMoSEM

The EMoSEM project


The aim of EMoSEM is to develop and combine the state-of-the-art modelling tools describing the river-ocean continuum in the North-East Atlantic continental seas in order to link the eutrophication nuisances in specific marine regions to anthropogenic inputs and trace back their sources up to the watersheds.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/emosem/

oceanography > physics, ecology mathematical modelling project web site public
BELCOLOUR

The BELCOLOUR project


In this project, we improved the quality of existing optical remote sensing products for marine, coastal and inland waters and developed innovative products including primary production and partial pressure of CO2.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/belcolour/

oceanography > physics remote sensing project web site public
GeoColour

The GEOCOLOUR project


GEOCOLOUR had the general objective of improving the quality and quantity of marine optical products from the existing SEVIRI geostationary sensor and to prepare the design of the next generation of geostationary ocean colour sensors.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/geocolour/

oceanography > physics remote sensing project web site public
JELLYMOD

The JELLYMOD project


We are developing biological models to reproduce the complex biological cycle of jellyfish and also to understand the origin and the cause of jellyfish swarms that can be problematic in coastal waters.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/jellymod/

oceanography > biology mathematical modelling project web site public
Ponder

The PONDER project


PONDER (SR/00/325/) is an exploration project financed by BELSPO under the STEREO 3 programme. The main goal of the project is to assess the potential for aquatic applications of very high resolution satellite imagery.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/ponder/ new

oceanography > biology remote sensing project web site public
HYPERMAQ

The HYPERMAQ Project


Algorithms for remote sensing of suspended particulate matter and chlorophyll concentration are quite mature and applications relating to coastal sediment transport and environmental monitoring are routinely using satellite data. The challenge for researchers is now to estimate more than just concentration.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/hypermaq/ new

remote sensing oceanography > physics oceanography > biology project web site public
AquaRES

AquaRES
Aquatic Species Register Exchange and Services


This project provides an opportunity to improve data entry tools for taxonomic experts, in order to facilitate the processing of their data and the entry of species distribution information.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/aquares/

Biology > Taxonomy Data project web site public
WinMonBE2013

Environmental impact of offshore wind farms


The WinMon.BE conference was held at RBINS in 2013. This international symposium gathered 146 scientists, policy makers and wind energy companies from 13 countries and focused on the environmental impact assessment of offshore wind farms.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/winmonbe2013/

management impact assessment conference web site public
OSERIT

OSERIT
Oil Spill Evaluation and Response Integrated Tool


OSERIT is a 3D oil drift and fate model accessible through a user-friendly web application. Complex, real-life scenario-based simulations can be setup to fit a wide range of emergency situations that might arise at sea. A powerful visualisation tool allows for an in-depth analysys of simulation results.

This web site will be published in the near future

oceanography mathematical modelling environmental emergency response service web site partially public
FLOAT UI

FLOAT
Interface to a 2D drift model


FLOAT is a user-friendly interface to a 2D drift model which allows OD Nature staff, Coast Guard Centres and other governmental authorities to quickly estimate the drift of an oil spill at sea. FLOAT is related to the more advanced, 3D, scenario-capable OSERIT tool.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/float/

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling environmental emergency response service web site partially public
BMDC

BMDC
Belgian Marine Data Centre


The BMDC gathers, validates, archives and manages marine and oceanographic data collected by Belgian scientists in the frame of research projects and national and international monitoring programmes.

http://www.mumm.ac.be/datacentre/

This web site will be published in the near future

oceanography data service web site public
JONSMOD2014

The JONSMOD 2014 conference


The Joint Numerical Sea Modelling Group Conference was held at RBINS in May 2014. JONSMOD focusses on mathematical modelling techniques for shallow seas.

https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/jonsmod2014/

oceanography mathematical modelling conference web site public