The Monitoring Network is named after a group of irregular sandbanks in the western part of the Flemish coast that create serious problems for navigation in the area. The Flemish Banks Monitoring Network consists of a nautical Monitoring Network, weather forecasting centres on the shore and a computer network in Oostende.
The monitoring network is made up of measuring pillars and wave data buoys, fitted with hydro-meteo sensors. The central Data Centre gathers and processes information and exchanges operational data with international monitoring networks, research institutes, universities etc.
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Wave and wind information (pdf, new window): Information to calculate the wave height, from wind direction in ° to the wind rose, from windspeed in m/s to the Beaufort and Douglas.
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The website of the Flanders Marine Institute (nieuw venster) sets the data of the Flemisch Banks Monitoring Network available for scientists, with exception of historical data and spectral data.