Mission Blue Planet

Sea research is vital to tackle the major problems our blue planet is currently facing, and at the same time allows ‘Blue Growth’. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is uniquely equipped to fathom the secrets; from the deep oceans to shallow delta areas.

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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.

Key Areas

NIOZ performs maritime research in seas and oceans around the world. Our focus is on six key areas, including the home bases of our institute, the Wadden Sea and the Dutch Delta.

Wadden Sea

A unique coastal tidal environment and one of the main research areas

Dutch Delta

A protective boundary between land and sea, and a principal research area


Studying the rich biodiversity and functioning of the tropical region

North Sea

Balancing human use and healthy ecosystems in one of the busiest seas

North Atlantic Ocean

Crucial to our climate and harbouring unique ecosystems in its dark depths


Assessing the rapid change of the polar regions, which impacts our planet


An important part of the NIOZ mission is valorisation of our research efforts – what we like to call frontier-applied research. Successful examples include projects around ballast water, seaweed, tidal energy and deep-sea mining.