Monitoring and surveys

Marine and offshore

Waardenburg Ecology has a long history in marine ecological monitoring research. Our research focuses on organisms above and below water. We also investigate the interactions between these organisms. For decades, our multidisciplinary team has been studying all ecological aspects of offshore wind, as well as life in the salty coastal waters.

We have been involved in major transitions in the marine environment, such as the construction of Delta Works (flood barrier and dam) in Zeeland. We remain active in future-oriented research, such as energy and food transition. Various activities relating to marine systems are being developed.

Bird movements

We collect data on the abundance and offshore movements of seabirds and migratory terrestrial birds. We study how these birds interact with wind energy projects in the North Sea. We also use data to accurately model and assess population-level effects. We use the following techniques for this:
  • Digital and visual air and ship surveys
  • 2D and 3D radar techniques
  • Tracking technology for individual birds
  • Fixed point measurements using a Laser Range Finder

Marine environment

We improve our knowledge by conducting underwater research into the biodiversity of ecosystems. We also work on recovery and improvement through nature-inclusive design. We conduct monitoring projects on marine mammals, benthic communities, and seagrass. We are also closely involved in oyster recovery projects in the North Sea.

We employ advanced underwater monitoring techniques such as sonar, various video techniques and DNA analyses. We also have a professional biologist diving team.