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Data set name

SURV - Aerial surveillance of the Southern Bight of the North Sea for environmental monitoring (since 1991)

Data holding centreRoyal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment
CountryBelgium  Belgium
Time periodFrom January 1991 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

North Sea and, more intensively, the Southern Bight and Belgium's area of jurisdiction.

Observations 
Parameters

Bird counts; Cetacean abundance; Coastal geomorphology; Seal abundance; Pollution events; Fishery characterisation; Industrial activity; Macroalgae generic abundance in water bodies; Transport activity

Description 
Summary

Belgian Marine Environmental Control (BELMEC) is a programme run by MUMM on behalf of the Belgian Government for the purpose of assessing the state of the marine environment and of acquiring the data and evidence necessary for prosecuting the violators of environmental protection regulations. This programme makes use of B-N. Islander aircraft of the Belgian Army, one of which is equipped with remote-sensing instrumentation, to patrol the North Sea on a regular basis. All sensors are integrated and data-annotated. Flight schedules are kept confidential. 250 hours of observation per year (approximately). Pollutions are detected with SLAR and are fully documented with the other sensors/recorders. Volume estimations follow the agreed colour code (Bonn Agreement). Other marine phenomena (shipping accidents, algal blooms, fishing activities, marine recreation, shore processes, bird concentrations) are documented using the same instrumentation.

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
Availability 
OrganisationRoyal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment
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 identifier11009003
Global identifier972
Last revised2015-09-02