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Physico-chemical observations

MUMM is routinely analysing a number of physico-chemical determinants in marine matrices, mainly in the framework of the national contribution to the OSPAR Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (OSPAR-CEMP).

OSPAR-CEMP DETERMINANTS, DETERMINATION BY MUMM (*) AND ILVO-Visserij (**)
Mercury, cadmium and lead in biota and sediments (**)
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in biota and sediments (**)
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydroc arbons (PAHs) in biota and sediment (*)
Nutrients in seawater (*)
Direct and indirect Eutrophication effects (*)
PAH- and Metal specific Biological effects (**)
Organotins in sediments and TBT specific effects (2003) (*)

Routine measurements, namely chlorophyll a and suspended matter, are also made in the framework of remote sensing and for emergencies at sea. Apart from the routine parameters, MUMMs laboratory has the capability and expertise to determine other parameters such as pesticides in marine matrices including birds and marine mammals. Moreover, the determination of contaminants in the marine environment is a constant challenge. It includes the development of new methods and the identification of new problem compounds. MUMM is actively involved in both processes through particpation in international workshops and collaboration with other institutes (RIKZ, CEFAS, ILVO-Visserij).

Samples for the routine monitoring programs are collected with the research vessel Belgica. The samples are collected following well documented procedures (standard operating procedures).

MUMMs laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation and is operated according to the principles of good laboratory practice (GLP) that are used by accredited laboratories. This involves an extensive quality control at all levels. The quality of the analyses is continuously checked by participating in international proficiency testing schemes such as the ones organized by QUASIMEME

The results which are stored in our database are used to assess the quality of the North Sea ecosystem, such as spatial distribution of contaminants or their evolution in time.

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 What can be measured?

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Coastal forecast

TIDES
OSTEND
[TAW]
 
Time
Elev.
 Low
15:20
1.08 m
 High
21:40
3.44 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation

Harmonic prediction 
Ostend 1980–2020:
  *to
Enter as YYYY-MM-DD
  
WIND
WESTHINDER
 Speed 8.90 m/s 
 Sector 65° , ENE 
 Table Graph Line plot North Sea animation
  
WAVES
AKKAERT
 Height 1.18 m
 Table Graph North Sea animation
  
CURRENTS
WESTHINDER
 Graph ploar plot Line plot North Sea animation Belgian coastal zone animation
  
TEMPERATURE
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
SALINITY
OSTEND
 Graph Daily maps
  
TRANSPORT
  Daily maps
  


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