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Phase VII – North Sea Research - SSD (2006-2010)

The seventh phase of the North Sea research programme (2006-2010) is included in the programme "Science for a Sustainable Development – SSD”. This structure ensures interactions with other research domains such as energy, transport and mobility, agri-food, climate, biodiversity, and terrestrial ecosystems lying at the basis of a sustainable development policy.

Given the special role of the North Sea for our country’s cultural, social, and economic well-being and to give the adequate scientific support to sustainable management and exploitation of the North Sea special attention to North Sea research is further given within the SSD programme.

The programme offers possibilities for the internationalisation of Belgian research via among others the ERA-NET initiative. The Belgian Science Policy is involved in several ERA-Nets. This opens the way to developing and implementing joint transnational activities such as joint calls, project clustering, etc.

The Belgian Science Policy Office participated in the first joint-call of the SEAS-ERA Eranet in 2012. Five projects were funded amongst two with Belgian researchers. One project is coordinated by a Belgian team (RBINS/MUMM).

The total research budget for North Sea research within the SSD will amount to ± 9 MEURO.

Strategic research actions:

SD/BN/01A WESTBANKS - WestBanks: understanding benthic, pelagic and air-borne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/01A CLIMAR - Evaluation of climate change impacts and adaptation responses for marine activities
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/02A INRAM - Integrated risk assessment and monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/03A AMORE III - Combined Effect of Changing Hydroclimate and Human Activity on Coastal Ecosystem Health
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/04A MICROMET - Microbial diversity and metal fluxes in contaminated North Sea sediments
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/05A LUSI - Land Use Changes and Si Transport through the Scheldt River Basin
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/06A QUEST4D - Quantification of Erosion/Sedimentation patterns to Trace the natural versus anthropogenic sediment dynamics
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report | Annexes]

Targeted research actions:

SD/NS/07A SHIPFLUX - Atmospheric deposition fluxes to the Belgian marine waters originating from ship emissions
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/08A WAKO-II - An integrated impact assessment of trammel net and beam trawl fisheries
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/09A ENSIS - Ecosystem sensitivity to invasive species
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/10A OSERIT - Development of an integrated software for forecasting the impacts of accidental oil pollution
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/11A LECOFISH - An ecosystem approach in sustainable fisheries management through local ecological knowledge
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report | Book | Maps]
SD/NS/12A AS-MADE - Assessment of Marine Debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf: occurrence and effects
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/13A BOREAS - Belgian Ocean Energy Assessment
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]
SD/NS/14A PMPZ-DB II - Resuscitation of the data collected during the first years of modern oceanography in Belgium
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
[Final Report]

Projects funded through the Era-net SEAS-ERA:

SD/ER/010 INASIVES - Invasive seaweeds in rising temperatures: impacts and risk assessments
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]
SD/ER/011 EMOSEM - Ecosystem Models as Support to Eutrophication Management in the North Atlantic Ocean
[Fedra] [Project description sheet] [Project website]

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