SURV - Aerial surveillance of the Southern Bight of the North Sea for environmental monitoring (since 1991)
Data set information
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|Data holding centre||Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment|
|Time period||From January 1991 onwards|
North Sea and, more intensively, the Southern Bight and Belgium's area of jurisdiction.
Bird counts; Seal abundance; Pollution events; Fishery characterisation; Macroalgae generic abundance in water bodies; Transport activity; Industrial activity; Coastal geomorphology; Cetacean abundance
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.
|Originators||IHE, 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
|Organisation||Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment|
|Contact||Scory Serge (Ir)|
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data Centre
|Collating centre||Belgian Marine Data Centre (BMDC)|