NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

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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04/11/2015 08:45

Planting Marsh Grass in Clumps Doubles Salt Marsh Recovery Rate

Planting marsh grass in clumps may contribute considerably to the recovery of salt meadows and marshes. This is one of the results of a joint research project by Duke University in the US and the NIOZ Royal Dutch Institute for Sea Research, which was published in the leading scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

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19/10/2015 09:00

New videoclip on NIOZ YT channel: 'Go with the Flow'

‘Go with the flow’: Research on the current in the subpolar North-Atlantic

Oceanographic research carried out in the North Atlantic Ocean is of great importance to understand the role of the ocean in our climate and future climate change. Scientists collaborate in large international projects in order to continuously measure the currents in the subpolar Atlantic at key geographical locations.

Starring Laura de Steur & Femke de Jong

Film produced by Maarten Roos (Lightcurvefilms) & Dan Brinkhuis (Sciencemedia)

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19/10/2015 06:00

Allert Bijleveld Wins 2015 Wadden Academy Award

 On 15 October, Allert Bijleveld will be presented the 2015 Wadden Academy Award, amounting to 5,000 euros, by chairman of the jury Dr Hessel Speelman for his PhD thesis on knots at the “Wadden op de Kaart” Symposium (“Wadden on the Map”).

(Foto: © Tresoar, Haye Bijlstra)

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12/10/2015 09:15

Electrical microbes protect coastal areas from toxic nightmare

When coastal areas suffer from oxygen depletion, sulfide is released from the seafloor, a chemical compound that is highly toxic for marine life. Luckily, this scenario is not often observed, but it was unclear why. Researchers from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research, Utrecht University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have now discovered that electricity-generating bacteria act as a kind of firewall and prevent sulfide from escaping the sediment. This discovery is important in helping designing strategies of how coastal ecosystems can cope with future climate change.

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