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.
Tropical islands have an important ally when it comes to battling storms and sea-level rise: seagrass. NIOZ researcher Rebecca James warns that a further loss of these green meadows will leave tropical islands vulnerable.
In the deep waters of the Black Sea, a team of scientists from NIOZ and Utrecht University discovered microbes that can make membrane lipids of unexpected origin.
‘Should deep-sea mining become a full-blown industry in the future, we hope that the results of Blue Nodules contribute to keeping its impacts on the deep-sea environment as low as possible.’
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 seas and oceans around the world. To create more visibility for our research, NIOZ has centres of interdisciplinary expertise around topics of societal and industrial interest. Each centre offers access for managers, scientists and other stakeholders to the various expertise on specific research area.