EMBRC will provide access to Europe`s coastal marine ecosystems including both benthic and pelagic habitats from the intertidal to the deep sea and from subtropical to polar areas. Access will also be offered to extreme habitats such as oxygen-poor sites, test sites for renewable energy, and artificial habitats. A comprehensive, searchable list of marine ecosystems will be made available in 2016.
Ecosystem access covers physical access, access to data, and access to local expertise.
1. Physical access
Research Vessels: For research purposes, EMBRC will offer ship time of a large range of coastal research vessels. A complete catalogue of all vessels is currently being developed.
Scientific Diving: Scientific diving will be offered at some EMBRC nodes. Our highly experienced scientific divers will offer a broad range of research services including (1) precise sampling of marine organisms; (2) experimental design; (3) monitoring activities and ecosystem assessment; (4) documentation (e.g., video, photography); (5) training; (6) deployment and maintenance of underwater instrumentation.
Underwater Instrumentation: Availability of Remote Operated Vehicles and other specialist instrumentation.
2. Access to data
EMBRC will become a gateway to the data that are gathered into time series of marine species and habitats. Many time series have been sampled for decades and comprise unique long-term databases of environmental change.
3. Access to local expertise
Visiting users will benefit from local knowledge for species identification, collection and biological information, along with habitat and ecosystems characterisation. EMBRC users will also benefit from the extensive general background knowledge of the staff throughout the EMBRC nodes.
Image credit: Research vessel Simon Stevin © Decleer, VLIZ