Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
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  • Diagenetic modelling
  • Sediment sampling procedures
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Benthic functioning
  • Image processing

Emil de Borger


Currently working on the FaCE-It project (Functional biodiversity in a changing sedimentary environment: implications for biogeochemistry and food webs in a managerial setting). In this project we investigate how changes in marine sediment lead to changes in biogeochemistry and benthic functioning, in the Belgian Part of the North Sea.

My work in FaCE-It is to develop mechanistic model descriptions (in the R programming language) of sediment biogeochemistry and food webs for various soft and hard substrates. For these models the field and experimental data is used to parametrize process rates, initial conditions, and model boundaries. These models will be upscaled to the SBNS area, and coupled to the hydrodynamic model in development.

Here you can find more information about FaCE-IT

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Friday 30 April 2021
Trawl fishing leads to decreased nutrient cycling in sediments
Bottom trawling leads to lower nutrient levels and loss of invertebrate life in the upper sediment layer, and thus to a poorer seafloor. These are the conclusions from a model study of Royal NIOZ postdoctoral researcher Emil De Borger and colleagues.…
Friday 22 January 2021
Understanding sediment biochemistry to better asses human impact on North Sea ecology
The North Sea is subject to rapid human development. NIOZ scientist Emil de Borger has focused his research on characterizing the shelf sea’s sediment biogeochemistry to develop models that improve the impact assessment of these human activities. On…

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Thursday 26 October 2017
Similar as on land, sunlight is an essential ingredient of life in the seas: it heats up the water and is needed for the tiny algal cells in the water to grow. Sediment particles floating in the water block the light and therefore interfere with…