Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


The NIOZ director develops and implements the general and science policies

The director of NIOZ is prof. dr. Han Dolman. He develops and implements the general and science policies of the institute and is responsible for the day-to-day management.

"In this UN Decade of the Ocean, the NIOZ, together with the Dutch marine research community, is performing fundamental research into detecting and understanding trends, processes and tipping points in our oceans and coastal seas.  In this way, the NIOZ makes important contributions to solving societal problems such as warming and acidification, rising sea levels, coastal protection and biodiversity conservation. My ambition is that in a few years’ time NIOZ will be even more visible to society than today. To achieve this, not only do the young marine scientists have to be given the opportunity to excel and produce great innovative science, but the NIOZ will also seek more cooperation with the academic community."

"I would like to further strengthen the internal cohesion within the institute, using my professional academic background. I have worked a lot with young talents, aiming to ensure diversity and a safe social and technical working environment. In addition, I see opportunities to link my field of expertise  to marine research"

Professor Dolman's scientific expertise focuses on climate science, especially the interaction of the terrestrial biosphere with the hydrological cycle, biogeochemical cycles and the atmosphere. This includes, for example, monitoring natural and man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Dolman brings with him a large network through his involvement in many (inter)national programs on climate change. For example, he is chair of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) steering committee and the Climate Advisory Board of ESA and holds an honorary professorship at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology.