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. 

News                                                                                          News archive

08/02/2016 12:02

European consortium launches Blue Nodules project

Press release Uniresearch 5 February 2016

On 1 February a European consortium launched a new Horizon 2020 project: Blue Nodules. This project addresses the challenge of creating a viable and sustainable value chain to retrieve polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor. It will develop and test new highly-automated and sustainable technologies for deep-sea mining with minimal environmental pressures.


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03/02/2016 09:19

Symposium Cumulative Effects in Marine Ecosystems

On 30 June and 1 July 2016, the Waddenacademie and the NIOZ WSRC will host an international scientific symposium at Texel on 'Cumulative Effects in Marine Ecosystems'.

During this symposium, scientists will discuss the concerns from NGOs and governmental licensing authorities on how to properly assess combined effects of successive actions on the environment. Key note speeches will be given by prof. Benjamin Halpern (Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and prof. Pavel Kabat (Director General and Chief Executive Officer International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria).

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02/02/2016 11:24

The Yellow Sea, a narrowing bottleneck for migratory birds

The shrinking of mudflats along the coasts of the Chinese Yellow Sea is an increasing problem for migratory birds that travel between Siberia and Australia. Research by an international team of ecologists, led by professor Theunis Piersma, a senior scientist at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and professor in Global Flyway Ecology at the University of Groningen, shows that three different species are in decline because of one common factor: loss of food and habitat along the coasts of the Yellow Sea, because of the increasing claim of land by the Chinese government.

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25/01/2016 17:02

Large variability in abundance of viruses that infect ocean microorganisms may affect the flux of carbon and nutrients on a global scale.

NIOZ press release 25 January 2016. Embagoed until 17:00 (CET)

Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans – including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day – viruses are a major threat. A paper to be published January 25 in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that the relative size of these viral populations varies over 100 times more than scientists believed until now. The study highlights another source of uncertainty governing climate models and other biogeochemical cycles. For the Netherlands, professor Corina Brussaard of NIOZ Royal Netherlands institute for Sea Research contributed to this research.

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