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Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Location
Wandelaarkaai 7 (entrance: warehouse 48), InnovOcean site, Ostend, PO: 8400 (Belgium)
Structure
Type Of RI
Mobile, Distributed
Coordinating Country
Belgium
Nodes
Provider Country:
Belgium
Marine Station Ostend (MSO) | Oceanographic Research Vessel Simon Stevin (RV Simon Stevin) | RIB Zeekat
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1999
Scientific Description
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) promotes accumulation of marine knowledge and excellence in marine research in Flanders. The marine research areas are the ocean and seas, the coast and the tidal systems. The target groups for knowledge accumulation are the marine research community as well as educational institutions, the general public, policymakers and the industry (within the scope of the blue economy).

RI Keywords
Marine biology, ROV, Research vessel, Marine and coastal research, Marine, Multidisciplinary, Oceanographic, Marine science, Marine Research, Marine Observations
Classifications
RI Category
Biological/Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Research Facilities
Environmental Health Research Facilities
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
Biological and Medical Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Environment
Health and Food
Services
data or assistance with data management
Scientific Diving Team

VLIZ has a scientific diving team consisting of seven members, supplemented with about five volunteers, all in the possession of the required diving certificates to perform scientific diving operations in the North Sea and the inland waters. The diving team is equipped with modern diving gear and safety equipment.

Equipment
Augmented Reality Sandbox
Flow cytometer
Bongo net
multi-corer vibrocorer
Aeolian sand transport measuring system
Reineck box corer
MIK-net
two binocular compound microscopes (Leica DM500 and DM1000)
Cohesive Strength Meter (CSM)
Otter trawl
two stereomicroscopes (Leica M80 and M205a)
Portable Multibeam Sonar System
Wilson auto-siever
Secchi disc
plankton pump
Scatter and transmission meter LISST-100/200X
Hamon grab
Neuston net
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Genesis
Underway data acquisition system onboard the RV Simon Stevin
Tripode
Apstein net
Sieving table
Beam Trawl
HydroFIA alkalinity system
CTD
Methane sensor
Van Veen grab
Carrousel with six Niskin bottles
Automated Infra-Red Inorganic Carbon Analyzer (AIRICA)
Sensor network for large birds
hyperbenthic sledge
Vertical plankton net - WP2
Video plankton recorder
Video frame
Multi-transducer sub-bottom echosounder
Water tanks for marine organisms
Fish acoustic receiver network
Fish sorting table
FlowCAM
Multibeam sonar
Go-flo bottle
Fluorimeter
Gilson Dredge
Sediment profile imaging (SPI)
Book scanner
CalCoFi plankton net
Niskin bottle
zooSCAN
Core Repository
Singlebeam sonar
Batcorder
Cryofreezer - 80°C
Collaborations
Networks
European Research Vessels Operators (ERVO)
Eurofleets (FP7)
Date of last update: 09/10/2018