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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

Here's what's ready so far:

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
BeBirds

BeBirds: Belgian Ringing Scheme new

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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/bebirds/

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

HNS-MS: Improving Member States preparedness to face an HNS pollution of the Marine System

We aim to develop 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.

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

oceanography mathematical modelling environmental emergency response project web site 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.

http://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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/coherens/

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling product web site Public
REMSEM

REMSEM: OD Nature Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Modelling team

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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/remsem/

oceanography > physics, ecosystems remote sensing mathematical modelling team 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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/marcoast/

oceanography remote sensing data 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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/tiles/

oceanography > geology Project web site public
SWAP

SWAP: OD Nature Scientific Web sites and Applications team

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.

http://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

http://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
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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/float/

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

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/aquares/ new

Biology > Taxonomy Data project 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.

http://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.

http://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.

http://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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/jellymod/

oceanography > biology mathematical modelling project 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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/jonsmod2014/

oceanography mathematical modelling conference 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.

http://odnature.naturalsciences.be/winmonbe2013/

management impact assessment conference web site public

And here's what we're working on:

BMDC

The 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.

This web site will be published in the near future

oceanography data service web site 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.

This web site will be published in the near future

oceanography > physics mathematical modelling service 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

... and much more!