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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23/01/2015 13:57

NIOZ also on cover Geophysical Research Letters

 Also on the newest issue of Geophysical Research Letters a NIOZ project on the cover. Namely the NIOZ thermistor string measurements that show the mixing of Antarctic Soil Water in the equatorial Romanche Fracture Zone in detail. All on ca. 4500 m depth.

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23/01/2015 09:41

50 years data from NIOZ fyke, now on the cover of Journal of Plankton Research

Using a unique 50-year high-resolution time series of daily kom-fyke catches, long-term patterns of scyphomedusae in the western Dutch Wadden Sea were analysed and related to changes in environmental conditions [eutrophication in the 1980s–1990s and recent climate change (increased water temperature)] in the area. Over the years, species composition and general pattern of appearance has remained the same: the first species that occurred in spring was Aurelia aurita, followed by Cyanea lamarckii/C. capillata.

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19/01/2015 16:11

Rapid end of the Green Sahara 8000 years ago

Press release GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany, with a contribution from professor Stefan Schouten, Royal NIOZ

Rapid end of the Green Sahara 8000 years ago
Scientists discover possible link between climate change and human sedentarization

19 January 2015/Kiel. 9,000 years ago most of the Sahara was not the ultra-arid desert as we know it today. Due to higher precipitation it was covered by large lakes and savannah that were populated by herds of wild game. Scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) now have discovered that vegetation at the end of the Green Sahara disappeared much faster than previously assumed. This probably forced the Neolithic populations to start farming. The study has been published in the international open-access journal PLOS ONE.

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14/01/2015 17:59

Utrecht University to participate in Royal NIOZ

Press release Utrecht University, Royal NIOZ and NWO, 13 January 2015

Utrecht University and NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), are going to intensify their collaboration on teaching and research in the fields of water and climate. In addition, Utrecht University is going to contribute 2.4 million euros annually to NIOZ. On 13 January, NWO, NIOZ and Utrecht University signed the collaboration agreement. 

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 NIOZ is an institute of NWO.

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