Within the working group an agreement was made for the long-term monitoring- and research program as support to the cross-border cooperation of policy and management in the Scheldt estuary: MONEOS. The program is organised in such a way that it conforms to policy goals on the one hand, and offers insights in the ecosystem functioning of the Scheldt estuary and effects of certain measures on the system. The program builds on existing expertise and aims for cross-border and multidisciplinary integration.In 2008 a first proposal for a monitoring program was published Meire, P.; Maris, T. (2008). In this document existing monitoring activities and various policies are combined into a solid proposal.
The monitoring activities and the resulting measurement data are closely monitored by the Project group: Monitoring and Data management. Within this project group, all changes to the monitoring program, as well as the harmonization of measurement techniques between Flanders and the Netherlands, are discussed. The Flanders Marine Institute provides support tot the project group for centralizing and making available the MONEOS data series for various reports.
The MONEOS program is described in data sheets and are divided into different themes. The information is updated by the data providers on a regular basis. The name of each data sheet provides more information about the monitoring.
O = monitoring in Research areas
S = System monitoring
P = Project monitoring
NL = Dutch monitoring
VL = Flemish monitoring
The working group Research and Monitoring Scheldt estuary (O&M) uses an online environment at VLIZ's Marine Data Archive, where it archives reports, calendars, but also the original monitoring data and the supplied files. This space is only accessible to people within the working group.