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Specific research projects

In order to give an impulsion to the start-up of research on the new RV Belgica and to allow researchers to get to know the ship and its potential, the PPS Science Policy (BELSPO) is launching a specific call for research proposals to be carried out on the new RV Belgica.

Six projects have been funded for a total budget of approximately 5M€.

CANOE: Climate chANge impacts on carbon cycling and fOod wEbs in Arctic Fjords
DEHEAT: Natural analogues and system-scale modelling of marine enhanced silicate weathering
NORSEAT: Storegga and beyond – North Sea tsunami deposits offshore Shetland Islands
PiNS : Particles in the North Sea
TURBEAMS: Towards 3D TURbidity by correlating multiBEAM sonar and in-situ Sensor data
WALDO: Where are All the (proglacial) Lake seDiments in the NOrth Sea Basin?

CANOE
Climate chANge impacts on carbon cycling and fOod wEbs in Arctic Fjords

  • Keywords: Climate change, Glacier retreat, Marine food webs, Arctic, Carbon sequestration

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2026
  • Budget: 997 645 €
  • Coordinator: Ann Vanreusel (UGent)
  • Promotors: Koen Sabbe (UGent), Sebastiaan van de Velde (KBIN-IRSNB), Lorenz Meire (NIOZ-NL)
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website 
  • Fedra

DEHEAT
Natural analogues and system-scale modelling of marine enhanced silicate weathering

  • Keywords: Enhanced silicate weathering, Alkalinity, Biogeochemistry, Marine sediment, Modelling

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2026
  • Budget: 999 530 €
  • Coordinator: Sebastiaan van de Velde (KBIN-IRSNB)
  • Promotors: Filip Meysman (UAntwerpen), Sandra Arndt (ULB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation

NORSEAT
Storegga and beyond – North Sea tsunami deposits offshore Shetland Islands

  • Keywords: Marine geology, Offshore, Geohazard, Holocene, Tsunami

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2026
  • Budget: 631 228 €
  • Coordinator: Marc De Batist (UGent)
  • Promotors: Vanessa Heyvaert (KBIN-IRSNB), Sue Dawson (Uni Dundee - UK), Pedro Costa (Uni Coimbra - PT), Max Engel (Uni Heidelberg - DE)
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation

PiNS
Particles in the North Sea

  • Keywords: Suspended particulate matter, Transparent exopolymer particles, Particulate organic carbon, Particulate organic nitrogen, Fresh organic matter, Mineral-associated organic matter

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2025
  • Budget: 499 722 €
  • Coordinator: Michael Fettweis (KBIN-IRSNB)
  • Promotors:
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website 
  • Fedra

TURBEAMS
Towards 3D TURbidity by correlating multiBEAM sonar and in-situ Sensor data

  • Keywords: Turbidity, Multibeam water column backscatter, Suspended particulate matter, In-situ sensor

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2026
  • Budget: 980 607 €
  • Coordinator: Thomas Vandorpe (VLIZ)
  • Promotors: Thomas Hermans (UGent), Matthias Baeye (KBIN-IRSNB)
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation

WALDO
Where are All the (proglacial) Lake seDiments in the NOrth Sea Basin?

  • Keywords: Marine geology, Seismic data, North Sea, Stratigraphy, Quaternary, Proglacial lake sediments

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2021 - 15/03/2026
  • Budget: 641 001 €
  • Coordinator: Ruth Plets (VLIZ)
  • Promotor: Marc De Batist (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: David Cox

Documentation