NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institute and principally performs and promotes academically excellent multidisciplinary fundamental and frontier applied marine research addressing important scientific and societal questions pertinent to the functioning of oceans and seas. NIOZ serves as national marine research facilitator (NMF) for The Netherlands scientific community.
The board of the Institutes Organization of NWO, the Dutch Research Council, has appointed Prof. Dr. Han Dolman Director of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) for a period of five years.
In the NIOZ Annual Report you will find a selection of the activities and achievements of the institute in 2020. Get an idea of NIOZ during the challenging COVID-19 year in interviews, videos, facts & figures and a picture gallery.
The southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet is a large source of mercury, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience. NIOZ oceanographer Lorenz Meire contributed to this study of an international team led by GFZ in Potsdam.
Our science is conducted in four scientific departments;. Three of them are area oriented: estuaries and delta areas, coastal seas and open oceans. Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry conducts science in all three area types.
NIOZ performs maritime research in deltas, seas and oceans around the world. To create more visibility for our research, NIOZ has several virtual centres of interdisciplinary expertise around topics of societal and industrial interest. Each centre aims to offer a variety of stakeholders easy access to our expertise: don't hesitate to contact the contactpersons listed in each centre if you have any questions or suggestions.