Ecosystem access | EMBRC

Ecosystem access

EMBRC-ERIC provides access to a range of marine ecosystems, including kelp forests, coral reefs, intertidal rocky shores, lagoons, mudflats, deep-sea environments as well as planktonic and pelagic communities. Special sites and extreme environments are also provided including: (1) volcanic cold seeps, proxies for the future high CO2/low pH oceans, (2) polluted low-oxygen sites, for environmental impact studies, and (3) artificial habitats such as renewable energy test sites for research on bio-fouling, etc.

Access to ecosystems is provided through the following platforms:

  • Coastal research vessels
  • Scientific diving facilities
  • Submersibles (ROV/AUV)
  • In-situ sampling facilities and monitoring equipment
  • Field stations
  • Other ecosystem access platforms

Specialised services are also available for tracking large marine organisms, such as mammals and turtles in their natural habitat, through satellite tag and sensor design.

 

 

Image credit: Research vessel Simon Stevin © Decleer, VLIZ

 

Website developed and maintained by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)