NIOZ, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, is the national oceanographic institute and the Netherlands’ centre of expertise for ocean, sea and coast. We advance fundamental understanding of marine systems, the way they change, the role they play in climate and biodiversity, and how they may provide sustainable solutions to society in the future.
Climate change may speed up the emergence of insects in northern countries at the onset of spring. This may cause breeding birds to come too late to benefit from the insect peak if they do not adjust their travel schedules to the new situation.
If storms become stronger in the future due to climate change, more nitrogen may be released from the bottom of coastal seas. This is shown by research of marine biogeochemist Dunia Rios-Yunes.
Thursday, February 15th, the RV Wim Wolff was christened in the NIOZ harbor on Texel. This Research Vessel (RV) replaces the RV Navicula, which served for four decades in coastal research.
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.