Belgian Marine Data Centre

The Belgian Marine Data Centre (BMDC) at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences was established as a national data centre
dedicated to the professional processing and long-term storage of marine environmental and fisheries data and production of data products.

Primary objective of BMDC is the safeguarding and the effective management of oceanographic data and information including acquiring, formatting, quality controlling, cataloguing, archiving, disseminating and exchanging of marine data and information.

Access to Applications and Data

At BMDC, we hold a wealth of publicly accessible marine data collected using a variety of instruments and samplers and collated from many sources. We handle biological, chemical, physical and geophysical data and our database contains measurements of more than half a million marine measurement results available online.

Access to Informative Content

Policy questions are often very specific. And to be answered they require very specific data analysis. The BMDC team regularly performs such studies.

It is, for instance, currently reviewing its monitoring holdings to assess the eutrophication level of the Belgian coastal zone according to the criteria set up by OSPAR.
These criteria combine levels of oxygen, of dissolved inorganic nitrogen and of dissolved inorganic phosporus
together with the chlorphyll-a concentration, taking into account the season of the year.

Projects and Partners

Find out about all projects we are involved in and partnerships we have built up with our scientific colleagues at marine research centres.

Projects: Eurofleets | Geo-Seas | EMODnet | EMODnet Chemistry | EMODnet Geology | EMODnet Data Ingestion | ODIP | Historical data rescue: 4DEMON | EU-PolarNet

Partners: Belspo | SeaDataNet | IOC-IODE | ICES | ICES-DIG | EMODnet Biology

BMDC News

2018-07-02: Données Marine Belges: Contrôle de qualité et nouvelles découvertes

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