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.
In the past century, many reefs in the Wadden Sea and North Sea have disappeared. Reefs are very important for fish because they can hide there. We therefore need to restore reefs. NIOZ started a study into the value of TreeReefs, made of dead pear trees.
Thank you Sea for regulating the climate and fostering biodiversity, for every 2nd breath, rain, food, transport and treasures. Gift ideas: some peace and quiet (protected areas), clean air (less greenhouse gases), and a healthier diet (less pollution).
In several places, methane escapes from the seabed of the North Sea. To gain more understanding of these methane emissions, the Dutch government has commissioned SodM, TNO and NIOZ to do a study into methane emissions from the seabed.
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.