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Type of data

The data stored at MUMM primarily concern the zone of the Belgian continental shelf and the Scheldt estuary and cover the past thirty years.

Data acquired in real-time (ODAS)

The real-time data acquisition system 'ODAS' (Oceanographic Data Acquisition System) gathers and processes up to 200 parameters. The corresponding database is updated virtually in real time. In addition to the physical and chemical parameters measured constantly since 1984 during each Belgica campaign (~200 days/year), it contains a substantial collection of current and wave measurements taken during long-term anchorage in the nineteen seventies and eighties, as well as CTD profiles since 1984.


Example of real-time measurements taken during a campaign at sea with the Belgica.

Data on the quality of the marine environment (IDOD)

The database on the quality of the marine environment (IDOD, Integrated Dynamical Oceanographic Data Management) mainly contains the concentrations of numerous substances in the air, the water, the sediment and the biota (that is, in living organisms). These values are the result of measurements taken in situ and analyses carried out in laboratories. In addition to the concentrations, quantitative information on the biota is also stored.

These values would be pointless if they were not accompanied by precise information about the circumstances in which they were measured. This is what is known as 'meta-information', a term that covers information such as the position in which samples were taken, the date, the time, the weather conditions, the sampling and analysis methods used, etc.

This database was brought into use in 2002 and currently contains about a hundred thousands items. Other data are continuously being treated and will be uploaded into the system after this treatment is over.

All these data, documented and verified, constitute a coherent and unique source of information for scientists and other users.

The IDOD database was originally financed by the OSTC in the framework of the first Program for the Sustainable development of the North Sea (PADD/PODO I, 1997-2002).

Data catalogues

Alongside real measurements, MUMM has worked together with scientists and institutions to build up various data inventories. For example, there is an inventory of Belgian marine research projects and an inventory of sets of Belgian data on the marine environment. In the context of the Sea-Search project, these inventories are used to add to the European EDMERP and EDMED catalogues, which can be consulted on the Internet.

Reports on Belgian oceanographic campaigns (ROSCOP Cruise Summary Reports), produced by scientists, have been sent to the ICES since 1984.

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TIDES
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WIND
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