BELLA: Belgian cluster on lake research in the framework of global climate change


Research project in the framework of the 'Second Multiannual Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy ' SPSD II ' Part 3: Supporting Actions' of the Belgian Federal Science Policy.

BELLA aims

• to create a Belgian network of expertise in limnology, limnogeology and paleolimnology, based on projects funded by the Belgian Science Policy
• to enhance the cooperation and communication between research teams involved with lacustrine paleo-climate/environmental studies and working on lakes in the Southern Hemisphere, from Antarctica over mid-latitude South America to equatorial Africa,
• to provide more visibility to lake research conducted in Belgium and
• to identify uncertainties and research priorities within the context of national and international research agendas.

The expected results and products are:

• A joint website as a forum for scientists and for lay men/the public at large
• Workshop proceedings (e.g., large/Southern hemisphere lakes), reports and extended abstracts
• Joint publications
• Movies (ENSO-CHILE, CLIMLAKE) and exhibitions (L. Tanganyika, Antarctica).
• Improved methodology of (paleo-)proxies (e.g., for reconstructing and assessing primary productivity)
• A Belgian consolidated expertise network
• Reinforcement of multidisciplinary perspectives of each network partner


Ecology of aquatic communities, OA15, SPSD II, PODO II, PADD II


Name Role Amount
Science for Sustainable Development unknown


Name Role Start End
André, Luc member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Descy, Jean-Pierre member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Verschuren, Dirk member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Wilmotte, Annick member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01


Name Role Start End
Section Biogeochemistry and aquatic geochemistry member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Unité de recherche en biologie des organismes member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Protistology & Aquatic Ecology member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Limnology member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Centre d'ingénierie des protéines member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01
Groupe Développement Durable member 2003-12-01 2006-12-01


Name Role Start End
CLIMLAKE: Climate variability as recorded in Lake Tanganyika partner
LAQUAN: Late Quaternary climate history of coastal Antarctic environments: a multi-proxy approach partner

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