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Institute Director

Prof. Dr. Han Dolman

Institute Director

‘Strengthening the scientific network within and outside the institute’

In November 2021, professor of Earth Sciences Han Dolman, started a five-year term as director of Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ).

Carbon cycle

“My scientific background is, to a large extent, in carbon cycle research. In the light of climate change, I have for instance been looking into feedback mechanisms in the carbon cycle. What will happen when droughts on specific latitudes increase or decrease? What happens to methane emissions when permafrost thaws? How will carbon uptake be influenced by climate change? These mechanisms change both on land and in the oceans. With the water containing more and more CO2 and thus becoming more acid, the extra uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere will likely decrease. As director of NIOZ, I hope to keep on following that research, although this will be a bit more from the side.”

Spider in the web

“My predecessor Henk Brinkhuis has left a well-organized institute with strong departments, focusing on estuarine & delta systems, coastal systems, ocean systems and microbiology and biochemistry. I hope to continue that path, adding an extra layer of cooperation. The different departments share interest in, for example, biodiversity, climate or carbon cycle. Without changing the structure of the institute, cooperation on these themes could be increased. This goes for cooperation outside the institute as well. Together with partners at Naturalis Biodiversity Center for example, or at the Institute for Ecology, NIOO-KNAW, and various universities , we are building an important critical mass in the research community. Eventually, I hope that NIOZ will be the unavoidable spider in the web of marine research, both national and international.”

Sustainable and diverse institute

“One of my new challenges will be to proceed on the path towards a sustainable future of the institute, both financially but also in terms of environmental impact. With the renewal of the research fleet, it is already foreseen that the new vessels may operate almost completely carbon neutral . That is an important contribution towards an environmentally sustainable NIOZ. Next to sustainability, and very important, are diversity and inclusiveness within the institute .”

Active scientist

“Being actively involved in science will be difficult, while leading a research institute the size of NIOZ. I hope, however, to be still actively involved in the Copernicus space program of the European Union. In their project ‘Sentinel 7 project’, several satellites will monitor the CO2-content of the atmosphere. The satellites can also operate over the ocean by changing to ‘glint-mode’, enabling them to ‘see’ CO2 in the light that reflects from the ocean’s surface. As director of NIOZ, I strive to integrate sea research in the national and international scientific network and I will continue my roles as chair of the Global Climate Observing System and the Climate Advisory Board of the European Space Agency.”

Linked news

Monday 17 April 2023
Heat stored in the earth system 1960-2020: where does the energy go?
As our ‘out-of-balance’ Earth system accumulates more energy than it loses, an international multidisciplinary effort addresses questions ‘by how much and where’. The second version of ‘Heat stored in the Earth system 1960-2020: where does the energy…
Wednesday 15 March 2023
NIOZ director Han Dolman's book 'Carbon dioxide through the ages: from wild spirit to climate culprit'
Everything you always wanted to know about carbon dioxide. In this book, Han Dolman meticulously traces the history of the most important greenhouse gas, from its discovery in 1600, to the problems the global community now faces with this ‘wild…
Sunday 05 March 2023
Ocean treaty: 30% of the oceans protected in 2030
Researchers at NIOZ welcome the UN treaty on ocean protection signed last night after many years of negotiations. By 2030, 30% of the seas must be protected. So far, only 1.2% of the sea is protected. [Dutch follows English]
Wednesday 15 February 2023
Green light for Delta Climate Center in Vlissingen
NIOZ joins unique collaboration in Zeeland delta. Worldwide, over 500 million people live in deltas. The liveability of these delta is under pressure because of rising sea levels and deterioration of ecosystems. How do we create sustainable,…

NIOZ publications

  • 2023
    Liu, L.; Dolman, H.A.J. (2023). On the reliability of composite analysis: an example of wet summers in North China. Atmos. Res. 292: 106881.
    Meisel, O.H.; Rijkers, R.; Dean, J.F.; in ‘t Zandt, M. H.; van Huissteden, J.; Maximov, T. C.; Karsanaev, S. V.; Belelli Marchesini, L.; Goovaerts, A.; Wacker, L.; Reichart, G.-J.; Bouillon, S.; Welte, C. U.; Jetten, M.S.M.; Vonk, J.E.; Dolman, H. (2023). Geochemical, sedimentological and microbial diversity in two thermokarst lakes of far Eastern Siberia. Biogeochemistry 165(3): 239-263.
    von Schuckmann, Karina; Minière, Audrey; Gues, Flora; Cuesta-Valero, Francisco José; Kirchengast, Gottfried; Adusumilli, Susheel; Straneo, Fiammetta; Ablain, Michaël; Allan, Richard P.; Barker, Paul M.; Beltrami, Hugo; Blazquez, Alejandro; Boyer, Tim; Cheng, Lijing; Church, John; Desbruyeres, Damien; Dolman, Han; Domingues, Catia M.; García-García, Almudena; Giglio, Donata; Gilson, John E.; Gorfer, Maximilian; Haimberger, Leopold; Hakuba, Maria Z.; Hendricks, Stefan; Hosoda, Shigeki; Johnson, Gregory C.; Killick, Rachel; King, Brian; Kolodziejczyk, Nicolas; Korosov, Anton; Krinner, Gerhard; Kuusela, Mikael; Landerer, Felix W.; Langer, Moritz; Lavergne, Thomas; Lawrence, Isobel; Li, Yuehua; Lyman, John; Marti, Florence; Marzeion, Ben; Mayer, Michael; MacDougall, Andrew H.; McDougall, Trevor; Monselesan, Didier Paolo; Nitzbon, Jan; Otosaka, Inès; Peng, Jian; Purkey, Sarah; Roemmich, Dean; Sato, Kanako; Sato, Katsunari; Savita, Abhishek; Schweiger, Axel; Shepherd, Andrew; Seneviratne, Sonia I.; Simons, Leon; Slater, Donald A.; Slater, Thomas; Steiner, Andrea K.; Suga, Toshio; Szekely, Tanguy; Thiery, Wim; Timmermans, Mary-Louise; Vanderkelen, Inne; Wjiffels, Susan E.; Wu, Tonghua; Zemp, Michael (2023). Heat stored in the Earth system 1960–2020: where does the energy go? ESSD 15(4): 1675-1709.
  • 2022
    Chen, T.; Dolman, H.; Sun, Z.; Zeng, N.; Gao, H.; Miao, L.; Wei, X.; Li, C.; Han, Q.; Shi, T.; Wang, G.; Zhou, S.; Liang, C.; Chen, X. (2022). Land management explains the contrasting greening pattern across China‐Russia border based on paired land use experiment approach. JGR: Biogeosciences 127(6): e2021JG006659.
    Chen, T.; Guo, R.; Yan, Q.; Chen, X.; Zhou, S.; Liang, C.; Wei, X.; Dolman, H. (2022). Land management contributes significantly to observed vegetation browning in Syria during 2001–2018. Biogeosciences 19(5): 1515-1525.
    Crisp, D.; Dolman, H.; Tanhua, T.; McKinley, G.A.; Hauck, J.; Bastos, A.; Sitch, S.; Eggleston, S.; Aich, V. (2022). How well do we understand the land‐ocean‐atmosphere carbon cycle? Rev. Geophys. 60(2): e2021RG000736.
    Hagan, D.F.T.; Dolman, H.A.J.; Wang, G.; Sian, K.T.C.L.K.; Yang, K.; Ullah, W.; Shen, R. (2022). Contrasting ecosystem constraints on seasonal terrestrial CO2 and mean surface air temperature causality projections by the end of the 21st century. Environ. Res. Lett. 17(12): 124019.
    Wang, Y.-R.; Buchmann, N.; Hessen, D.O.; Stordal, F.; Erisman, J.W.; Vollsnes, A.V.; Andersen, T.; Dolman, H. (2022). Disentangling effects of natural and anthropogenic drivers on forest net ecosystem production. Sci. Total Environ. 839: 156326.
    Zona, D.; Lafleur, P.M.; Hufkens, K.; Gioli, B.; Bailey, B.; Burba, G.; Euskirchen, E.S.; Watts, J.D.; Arndt, K.A.; Farina, M.; Kimball, J.S.; Heimann, M.; Göckede, M.; Pallandt, M.; Christensen, T.R.; Mastepanov, M.; López‐Blanco, E.; Dolman, A.J.; Commane, R.; Miller, C.E.; Hashemi, J.; Kutzbach, L.; Holl, D.; Boike, J.; Wille, C.; Sachs, T.; Kalhori, A.; Humphreys, E.R.; Sonnentag, O.; Meyer, G.; Gosselin, G.H.; Marsh, P.; Oechel, W.C. (2023). Pan‐Arctic soil moisture control on tundra carbon sequestration and plant productivity. Glob. Chang. Biol. 29(5): 1267-1281.
    Zona, Donatella; Lafleur, Peter M.; Hufkens, Koen; Bailey, Barbara; Gioli, Beniamino; Burba, George; Goodrich, Jordan P.; Liljedahl, Anna K.; Euskirchen, Eugénie S.; Watts, Jennifer D.; Farina, Mary; Kimball, John S.; Heimann, Martin; Göckede, Mathias; Pallandt, Martijn; Christensen, Torben R.; Mastepanov, Mikhail; López-Blanco, Efrén; Jackowicz-Korczynski, Marcin; Dolman, Albertus J.; Marchesini, Luca Belelli; Commane, Roisin; Wofsy, Steven C.; Miller, Charles E.; Lipson, David A.; Hashemi, Josh; Arndt, Kyle A.; Kutzbach, Lars; Holl, David; Boike, Julia; Wille, Christian; Sachs, Torsten; Kalhori, Aram; Song, Xia; Xu, Xiaofeng; Humphreys, Elyn R.; Koven, Charles D.; Sonnentag, Oliver; Meyer, Gesa; Gosselin, Gabriel H.; Marsh, Philip; Oechel, Walter C. (2022). Earlier snowmelt may lead to late season declines in plant productivity and carbon sequestration in Arctic tundra ecosystems. NPG Scientific Reports 12(1).
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