NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institution for the Netherlands. Our mission is to conduct fundamental and frontier applied scientific research on important processes in delta areas, coastal seas and open oceans. The institute also acts as the national facility for academic marine research in the Netherlands. NIOZ facilitates and supports marine research and education in the marine sciences in the Netherlands and in Europe.


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At this moment, our institute is in reorganisation and therefore we are developing an entirely new website. In the mean time, we will make provisional changes in the current website to allow our visitors to find the right information; e.g. our new (4) scientific departments and support departments and units. We apologize for the inconvenience. Should you be lost somewhere, please send an email with your question(s) to cpr@nioz.nl and we wil try to put you on the right track again. 

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13/05/2016 13:39

Veni, Vidi Furu: NWO vidi grant for Furu Mienis on the role of underwater canyons in the global carbon cycle

The unknown role of underwater canyons for carbon transport from coast to deep sea

NIOZ scientist Dr. Furu Mienis has obtained a Vidi-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In this 5-year project, she will determine the importance of underwater canyons in the transport, retention and degradation of organic material between shallow coastal waters and the deep ocean. This sideways transport of organic material is still a 'missing-link’ in mathematical models of the global carbon cycle. This knowledge is crucial, because this cycle plays the main role in the future development of our climate.

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12/05/2016 20:00

Shrinking shorebird pays the bill for rapid Arctic warming while wintering in the tropics

Red knots (Calidris canutus canutus) migrate between their summer breeding grounds in the high Arctic and their wintering grounds in the West African tropics. An international team of scientists discovered that chicks currently born under rapidly warming conditions in the Arctic attain smaller sizes before migration starts because they miss the insect peak. If they make it all to their wintering grounds on the African intertidal flats, they are there faced with a second disadvantage: their shorter bills hamper their ability to reach their favourite shellfish food in the tropics. This results in an evolutionary force towards smaller-sized birds with relatively large bills.


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28/04/2016 11:45

Knots Must Scrape a Living in a Sea of Food

Press release 25 April 2016

Every year, knots migrate from their Arctic breeding grounds via our Wadden Sea to the south. There, they winter in Banc d’Arguin, an area full of contrasts, consisting of mudflats and bordering on the Sahara and the East Atlantic Ocean. The Sahara may be a sandy, dry place, but the mudflats are covered in seagrass and teem with life. Food galore for the knots, one might think. It so happens that knots have a unique sense in the tip of their bill that helps them find molluscs in dry mudflats superfast. However, on the rich Mauritanian mudflats, the seagrass hides the molluscs from the knots. This surprising mechanism as well as the fact that this game of hide-and-seek cannot be played in times of severe droughts were discovered by Jimmy de Fouw who conducted his PhD research at the NIOZ. His PhD defence ceremony will be held at the University of Groningen on 29 April.

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