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Simon E.,Institute Royal Des Science Naturelles Of Belgique
Geologie en Mijnbouw/Netherlands Journal of Geosciences | Year: 2011

A complete growth series of Terebratulina chrysalis (Von Schlotheim, 1813) collected from its type area near Maastricht (the Netherlands) is described and illustrated, with fully adult and gerontic specimens included so as to increase current knowledge of this taxon. Most specimens collected from other European outcrops are juveniles which are similar to juveniles from the type area near Maastricht. However, adults collected from the latter area and those from lower Maastrichtian white chalk deposits in northern Europe are quite different. These differences can be explained by palaeoenvironmental conditions and taphonomic processes. Source

Pauwels O.S.G.,Institute Royal Des Science Naturelles Of Belgique | Sumontha M.,Ranong Marine Fisheries Station
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

We describe Cyrtodactylus samroiyot sp. nov. from a limestone relief in Sam Roi Yot District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Prov-ince, peninsular Thailand. It is characterized by a maximal known SVL of 66.9 mm; 17-18 longitudinal rows of dorsal tubercles; 33-34 longitudinal rows of ventrals across the abdomen between the ventrolateral skin folds; a continuous series of seven precloacal pores in males (six shallow precloacal pits in females); a series of slightly enlarged, poreless and pit-less femoral scales; no precloacal groove nor depression; median row of transversely enlarged subcaudal scales; a com-plete nuchal loop; and a dorsal pattern consisting of three long dark brown bands, one above shoulders and two above abdomen. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SC5-10c-2015 | Award Amount: 3.00M | Year: 2016

The aim of EKLIPSE is to establish an innovative, light, self-sustainable EU support mechanism for evidence-based policy on biodiversity and ecosystems services open to all relevant knowledge holders and users, and to hand over this mechanism to the wider knowledge community by the end of the project. The mechanism will build on existing science-policy-society interfaces and be further refined via iterative evaluation and learning throughout the project. The mechanism will provide trustworthy evidence for policy and society upon request and will make the knowledge community more able to provide synthesized and timely evidence by providing a platform for mutual learning and engagement. All relevant knowledge holders and users will be actively encouraged and supported by the project team through their individual strengths and interests, thus ensuring targeted contributions. Many institutions have already expressed their interest in the Network of Networks of potential contributors to the EU mechanisms activities. EKLIPSE will directly support the further development of this network and ensure the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the following key areas: (a) jointly developing and setting up a business plan for the mechanism after the end of the project (WP1), (b) conducting joint evidence assessments using established and innovative methods to support policy and societal needs (WP3), (c) jointly identifying research needs and emerging issues (WP4), actively building the Network of Networks and (d) encouraging societal engagement (WP6). This will be supported by an interim governance structure, a strong communication component, including a Science-Policy-Society Forum, and an independent formative evaluation to ensure learning (WP2).

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SPA.2013.1.1-06;SPA.2013.1.1-07 | Award Amount: 3.32M | Year: 2013

The HIGHROC (HIGH spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour) project will carry out the R&D necessary for the next generation coastal water products and services from ocean colour space-borne data, giving an order of magnitude improvement in both spatial and temporal resolution and thereby opening up new applications and strengthening existing ones. This responds to SPA.2013 topic 1.1-06 stimulating development of downstream services and service evolution. GMES services for marine end-users, e.g. for Water Framework Directive (WFD) reporting , now routinely use data from ocean colour remote sensors such as MERIS and MODIS, to be followed by OLCI. Despite their improved coverage with respect to in situ monitoring, these sensors have critical limitations of spatial and temporal resolution (typically 300m, 1/day) with respect to user requirements. HIGHROC will derive coastal water quality parameters from a) Sentinel-2 (S2) at 10-20m resolution and b) SEVIRI at 15 min resolution, thus complementing OLCI data with a more than 10-fold improve in spatial and temporal resolutions. Theoretical work will consist of developing atmospheric correction and level 2 product algorithms for the S2 and SEVIRI sensors and Level 3 algorithms for multitemporal and synergistic exploitation of the new products with existing products such as those from OLCI and VIIRS. An image processing chain will provide corresponding full mission historical and near real time products for local areas including the dedicated test sites. In situ measurements will be carried out on dedicated test sites and used to validate the new S2 and MSG products. Exploitation of the products will be supported by interaction with user partners and potential user groups with particular focus on the opportunities offered by the new HIGHROC products both for entirely new application areas and for significantly improved spatial and temporal resolution for existing applications, e.g. WFD monitoring and reporting.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: BG-15-2014 | Award Amount: 2.17M | Year: 2015

The rapid changes occurring in the Polar Regions are significantly influencing global climate with consequences for global society. European polar research has contributed critical knowledge to identifying the processes behind these rapid changes but, in contrast to lower latitudes, datasets from the Polar Regions are still insufficient to fully understand and more effectively predict the effects of change on our climate and society. This situation can only be improved by a more holistic integrated scientific approach, a higher degree of coordination of polar research and closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level as requested in the Horizon 2020 work programme. The objectives of EU-PolarNet are to establish an ongoing dialogue between policymakers, business and industry leaders, local communities and scientists to increase mutual understanding and identify new ways of working that will deliver economic and societal benefits. The results of this dialogue will be brought together in a plan for an Integrated European Research Programme that will be co-designed with all relevant stakeholders and coordinated with the activities of many other polar research nations beyond Europe, including Canada and the United States, with which consortium partners already have productive links. This consortium brings together well-established, world-class, multi-disciplinary research institutions whose science programmes are internationally recognised for excellence. Alongside these scientific capabilities, the national programmes represented in this proposal possess a unique array of infrastructure and operational expertise to support science in both Polar Regions. The consortium is uniquely well positioned to significantly enhance Europes capabilities to undertake state of the art science and cost-efficiently operate infrastructure in the hostile polar environments.

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