Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

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.


Scientific Departments

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.

Centres of Expertise

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.

Wadden & Delta Centre A unique coastal tidal environment and one of the main research areas
North Sea Centre Balancing human use and healthy ecosystems in one of the busiest seas
Deep Sea Centre Critical to our climate and harbouring unique ecosytems in its dark depths
Caribbean Centre Biodiversity and systematics, physiology and life cycles of tropical marine organisms
Sea Level Centre Preparing coastal regions for future climate change worldwide
Seaweed Centre Alternative for land plant biomass, production of future food and energy