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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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27/10/2014 13:33

Warming of Wadden Sea Causes Decline in Bivalves. Consequences for Birds

On the Wadden Sea tidal flats, bivalves play a key role as food for birds. It is especially in summers following severe winters that the new generation of bivalves in the Wadden Sea can be enormous. At the same time, the predators of these young bivalves, such as crabs and shrimps, are less numerous after severe winters. As the climate is getting warmer, there are fewer severe winters. As a consequence, more years now see large numbers of crabs and shrimps on the tidal flats and a decline in breeding success for bivalves. This is demonstrated by analyses of long-term data sets by the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. The results of these analyses have been published in two articles in the scientific journal Marine Ecology Progress Series; one of them as the feature article.

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27/10/2014 13:14

Standing Strong Together: Self-Organisation Makes Mussel Beds Less Vulnerable


Natural ecosystems often tend to have characteristic spatial patterns. Research by the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, and the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Wageningen, shows that self-organisation by mussel beds leads to the creation of spatial patterns that are not only attractive to see, but also make the mussel beds more resilient and less susceptible to disruptions. The results of this research were published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications on 22 October.

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09/10/2014 12:54

'ROME DECLARATION' defines priorities for European marine science community

NIOZ scientist Gert-Jan Reichart announces from Rome that yesterday (8 October) the 'Rome declaration' was presented at the Eurocean 2014 meeting. This is a European policy document which defines the priorities for the marine science community for the nearby future. 

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06/10/2014 11:29

Message in a Bottle Found after Two Years

On Macquarie Island (Australia), to the south-west of New Zealand, rangers have recently found a message in a bottle, set adrift by a Dutch sailor near Cape Horn in South America two years ago. Leo Maas, a physical oceanographer at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, has estimated that the bottle has travelled over 18,000 kilometres via the Antarctic circumpolar current. 

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