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Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Belgian Marine Data Centre (RBINS-ODNATURE-BMDC)
Native name
Institut Royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, DO Milieux Naturels, Centre de données de Marine belge / Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, Operationeel Directoraat Natuurlijk Milieu, Belgisch Marien Datacentrum
Vautierstraat 29
+32 (0)2 773 2111
+32 (0)2 770 6972
Centre Website

organisation profile

The Belgian Marine Data Centre (BMDC) is a group of scientists within RBINS OD Nature, whose expertise is oriented towards the management and the analysis of marine environmental data. Its major tasks are: * To continuously assess and prognose the state of the North Sea * To evaluate and improve the monitoring programmes * To gather, validate, archive, manage marine and oceanographic data collected (mainly) by Belgian scientists in the frame of research projects and national and international monitoring programmes. The missions of the BMDC are structural and continuous. It is the BMDC's policy to encourage the public to explore and use its datasets. Therefore, the oceanographic data, including analysis tools, are put at the disposal of a wide range of users: scientists, policy makers, sea professionals and other stakeholders, at the national and international levels. For specific requests, the expertise of the BMDC staff can be requested.

The BMDC is designated by IOC as National Oceanographic Data Centre and as such the Belgian focal point for international oceanographic data exchange. The BMDC holds various types of marine data sets since the beginning of the 70's: meteorological data, physical data, chemical data, biological data and meta information. Part of the data is acquired by RBINS, other data are received from scientific institutes in the frame of interdisciplinary projects or national and international monitoring obligations, such as the Nutrient Monitoring Programme and the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme of the Oslo and Paris Commission (OSPAR).

results in other services

  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)
  • EMODnet Ingestion Service

edmo metadata

EDMO record id
Collating centre
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of North Sea and Scheldt Estuary Mathematical Models, Belgian Marine Data Centre (MUMM-BMDC)
Latest update
23 October 2020 10:00:44 AM