The NIOZ department of Ocean Systems (OCS) studies open-ocean processes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from physical and chemical oceanography, marine geology, paleoceanography to deep-sea ecology. We investigate the oceans in the past and present, to assess their future role.
We investigate open-ocean processes in a multi-disciplinary context, including physical and chemical oceanography, deep-sea ecology, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.
We make use of experiments and data collection during sea-going oceanographic research, as well as laboratory experiments and analyses in our home base on Texel. The department works around the globe, from the Antarctic to the Arctic, from the Caribbean to the North Sea. One of the key areas we work in is the North Atlantic Ocean.
The department relies for its research on state-of-the art analytical physical and chemical laboratories. These laboratories focus on analyses of nutrients, carbon, trace metals and their isotopes.
Our scientists rely on modern observational techniques including moorings, landers, thermistor strings, trace-metal clean samplers, and novel underwater autonomous observation systems.
For our research we actively collaborate with peers in (inter)national partner institutes. Our partners include:
Head of the OCS department is prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart.