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The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institution for the Netherlands. Our mission is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet. To this end, NIOZ facilitates and supports fundamental as well as applied marine research and education in the Netherlands and Europe.
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18/03/2015 13:02

Promotion: More accurate palaeoclimate reconstructions

Climate change will greatly affect society. One of the main challenges for science is, therefore, to understand and predict climate change. Complex climate models, which are used to quantify climate change, are calibrated on the basis of reconstructions of past climates. .

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15/03/2015 17:07

High-tech industry wants to mine trace elements from the deep sea floor, but how will this affect sea life?

Press release 10 March

Mobile phones, tablet computers, PCs, electric cars ….. more and more devices we use are powered by batteries, and these batteries contain metals. Rising demand causes metal shortages and a rise in metal prices. This has led to a renewed global interest in deep-sea mining. However, the effects of large-scale industrial mining activities on the deep-sea environment are unknown. Over the next three years, a European team of scientists will study the long-term consequences of deep-sea mining in the Pacific Ocean. The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Texel and Yerseke) takes part in this research project, which is partly funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NIOZ scientists are going to collect data during three research cruises aboard the German research vessel ‘Sonne’ later this year and they will use these data to address some of the key questions on deep-sea mining. The first research cruise will depart from Panama on Wednesday 11 March.  

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26/02/2015 15:02

Brochure ‘NIOZ Netherlands Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre’ is out


The brochure of the Netherlands Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre at NIOZ has just appeared. Chief Scientist Gert-Jan Reichart and Chief Engineer Marck Smit explain what NIOZ can mean for the Deep Sea Mining, the Oil & Gas Industry and for applied research in Polar Regions. The brochure has been made in close cooperation with the company 'JS Nederland'.

You can see a pdf of the brochure here, or you can request a hard-copy at cpr@nioz.nl 

Got interested? Than do not hesitate to get in contact with either Prof. Gert-Jan Reichart or Ir. Marck Smit

10/02/2015 15:00

Microbes communicate via telephone in the seafloor

Two years ago, a new type of bacteria were discovered in North Sea sediments, which are capable of generating and conducting electricity over long distances. A new study reveals that these bacteria are using their electrical network for signal transmission, just like in a telephone system. This discovery by researchers from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) reveals a whole new form of electrical communication by micro-organisms, and the discovery could potentially lead to entirely novel bio-electrical applications.  

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