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Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ, 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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10/04/2014 14:51

Sea Research institutes join forces at Hannover Messe

10-04-2014   Today, in presence of the Dutch Secretary of State Dekker of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the German institute MARUM – Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Hannover Messe.

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26/03/2014 13:09

Carbon Dioxide Uptake by the North Sea Depends on Distribution of Atmospheric Pressure over the Ocean

The uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) by coastal seas and oceans is of great importance to both the greenhouse effect and ocean acidification. Lesley Anne Salt conducted her PhD research project at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and she will defend her thesis on Friday 21 March at the University of Groningen. She conducted a large number of measurements in the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean; part of these measurements were carried out aboard the NIOZ research vessel Pelagia. The results show a close correlation between CO2 uptake by the North Sea in summer and the large-scale pressure distribution over the North Atlantic Ocean. In the south-western part of the Atlantic Ocean, two relatively shallow water layers took up much CO2¬ in a short time span, which led to a relatively strong acidification of the sea water.

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24/03/2014 16:32

Personality determines body composition of Red Knots

26-03-2014   A Red Knot’s personality determines the size of its digestive organs and body weight. Explorative Red Knots, waders that readily move between mudflats in search of food, have smaller muscular stomachs (gizzards) and fat stores than knots that are more sedentary. This insight opposes the hypothesis that organ sizes determine animal personalities. Today, scientists of the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research publish their results in the leading scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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21/03/2014 12:15

HM King Willem Alexander will open NIOZ Seaweed Centre on 15 April

The official opening by the HM the King will take place in the beginning of the afternoon. This part of the meeting is a closed session for invitees only and will last until approximately 14:30. From 15:00 to 18:00, everybody is welcome to get a closer look on the seaweed centre. Experts of NIOZ and partner institutes in seaweed research will be present to give explanations.

 RV Pelagia

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