LifeWatch ERIC - A European Infrastructure Consortium providing e-Science research facilities to scientists.
The SCAR Antarctic Biodiversity Portal is one of the Belgian federal contribution to EU-Lifewatch. The European LifeWatch infrastructure was established as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) and can be seen as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. Belgium contributes to LifeWatch with varied and complementary "in-kind" contributions. These are implemented under the form of long-lasting projects by different research centres and universities spread over the country and supported by each respective political authority.
The Antarctic Biodiversity Portal is coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and aims to form a as a Antarctic thematic LifeWatch virtual laboratory.
For more information on the Belgian Contribution to EU-Lifewatch please visit the Lifewatch Belgium site
An overview of Lifewatch resource for the marine environment can be found at the EU-Lifewatch Marine Virtual research Environment
biodiversity.aq will use the best available technology to integrate, share and disseminate all available information on Antarctic Biodiversity. Its implementation by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform ascertains that biodiversity.aq can take advantage of the relevant experience of the Belgian GBIF node.