ETN R package

ETN R package

This package provides functionality to access and process data from the European Tracking Network (ETN) database hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) as part of the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch.

ETN data is subject to the ETN data policy and can be:

RShiny LifeWatch Data Explorer

RShiny LifeWatch Data Explorer

This interactive online tool gives access to all sensor data collected in the framework of the Flemish LifeWatch project, and provides an interface to explore and analyze these data. Some of the more recent data is temporarily under moratorium and therefore protected by password access.

BEQI Calculation Tool

Benthic Ecological Quality Index calculation tool

The Benthic Ecological Quality Index (BEQI) is one of the biological indices used to assess the state of the benthos of coastal and transitional waters for the Water Framework Directive. BEQI follows a multilevel approach proposed by Ysebaert & Herman (2004).

The three assessed levels are:

LifeWatch e-Lab

LifeWatch e-Lab

The ultimate goal of LifeWatch is to set up a network for data exchange and data analysis through web services. Web services are systems that allow communication between two computers over the web, and allow the user to access the most recent and up-to-date information directly from within other applications.

AZTI Marine Biotic Index (AMBI)

AZTI Marine Biotic Index (AMBI) (Version 5.0)

The AZTI Marine Biotic Indix (AMBI) is software developed by AZTI-Tecnalia for assessing the quality of benthic macro-invertebrates assemblages by calculating the homonymous index. It was developed in order to establish the ecological quality of European coasts and estuaries.


Biological Index Calculation Tool (BICT)

The Biological Index Calculation Tool (BICT) is an online tool available via OBOE (Oxford Batch Operation Engine). BICT calculates various different biological indices frequently used in ecological, conservation and environmental health assessment studies.

Plankton Toolbox

Plankton Toolbox

The Plankton Toolbox is a free tool for aquatic scientists, and others, working with environmental monitoring related to phyto- and zooplankton. 

Features include:

ISS Phytoplankton Tool

ISS Phytoplankton Tool (ISS-Phyto)

The ISS-Phyto represents a new size spectra sensitivity-based approach to ecological status assessment in transitional waters. This index integrates simple size structure metrics with phytoplankton biomass, taxonomic richness thresholds and models of phytoplankton size class sensitivity to anthropogenic disturbance.