Missions of BMDC

The Belgian Marine Data Centre is a group of scientists within RBINS OD Nature, whose expertise is oriented towards the management and the analysis of marine environmental data.

BMDC has the knowledge and scientific expertise to gather, consolidate, validate, analyse, organise, archive, manage and disseminate marine and oceanographic data in a reliable, durable and accessible manner.

Its major tasks are :

  • To gather, validate, report, archive, manage marine and oceanographic data collected (mainly) by Belgian scientists in the frame of research projects and national and international monitoring programmes.
  • To evaluate and improve the monitoring programmes.
  • To continuously assess and prognose the state of the North Sea.

These 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.