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Data set name

MONITB - Monitoring hydrography, nutrients, contaminants and plant pigments of Belgian continental shelf area and Western Scheldt (since 1977)

Data holding centreRoyal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data Centre
CountryBelgium  Belgium
Time periodFrom 1977 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Over 30 sampling stations on the Belgian Continental Shelf area and Western Scheldt estuary + a few MMP/NSTF stations outside these limits

Observations 
Parameters

Ammonium and ammonia concentration parameters in water bodies; Air temperature; Atmospheric humidity; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in sediment; Chlorophyll pigment concentrations in water bodies; Other physical and chemical properties of suspended particulate material; Wind strength and direction; Wave height estimates; Dissolved trace metalloid concentrations in the water column; Dissolved metal concentrations in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Phaeopigment concentrations in sediment; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Inorganic chemical composition of sediment or rocks; Concentration of other organic contaminants in sediment samples; Secchi disk depth; Silicate concentration parameters in the water column; Concentration of polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) in sediment samples; Temperature of the water column; Concentration of other organic contaminants in the water column; Phaeopigment concentrations in the water column; Metal concentrations in biota; Concentration of other organic contaminants in biota

Description 
Summary

The monitoring of the North Sea environment, especially in the area of the Belgian continental shelf and in the estuary of the Scheldt river (Western Scheldt) was initiated at MUMM in 1977, with an almost unchanged pattern of about 25 sampling stations at sea and 7 in the estuary, each one being visited with a frequency of 6 to 10 times a year, and water being taken from a standard depth of 3 metres. Several laboratories from Belgian universities and State research institutes are currently participating in that monitoring effort. The monitoring results for contaminants in biota and sediment are mainly received from the Fisheries Department. A first quality control has been performed in order to mark or eliminate spurious data. Currently the database is being converted in a new integrated system with query facilities and an inventory on the web.

OriginatorsIHE, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models
IHE, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment
Data web sitehttp://www.bmdc.be
Availability 
OrganisationRoyal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data Centre
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactScory Serge (Ir)
Address

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data Centre
Gulledelle 100
Brussels

1200
Belgium

Telephone02/773.21.11
Facsimile02/7706972
Emailbmdc@mumm.ac.be
Administration 
Collating centreBelgian Marine Data Centre (BMDC)
Local identifier11009001
Global identifier970
Last revised2015-09-02