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