Environmental Monitoring

Ecological monitoring, the collection of data on where and in what numbers animals and plants occur, is often a requirement in order to do further research. For instance, if one wants to study the impact of climate change on species, having a long-term monitoring dataset is a prerequisite.

eCOAST can help with all stages of the monitoring cycle:


  1. Management/Policy: setting out a strategy to make management decisions and create policy frameworks
  2. Information need: the identification of which data are necessary to validate existing policies, or to support new governing choices
  3. Design: to design the monitoring strategy (e.g. timing, equipment, number of samples, etc.)
  4. Planning: the careful organization of the many logistic steps necessary to collect ecological data
  5. Monitoring: collection samples
  6. Identification: the identification of the collected organisms; often, several additional parameters are requested, such as biomass
  7. Data analysis: the analysis and interpretation of the collected data
  8. Management/Policy: the newly acquired information can be used to validate the current policies, or to support new policies/management decisions


For every group of plants or animals, a specific know-how is required to collect and identify these organisms. This means that a very high grade of specialization has to be obtained. eCOAST has therefore chosen to concentrate on a number of important groups of animals and plants:



However, through close cooperation with a number of partner institutes and freelance researchers in the Benelux, eCOAST can cover other relevant groups of animals or plants, even for those groups where we do not have an in-house specialist. Therefore, we can be the primary contractor for any marine ecological monitoring project.