Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research


Wednesday 03 July 2019
NIOZ@Sea | Communities at hydrothermal vent Rainbow
Hydrothermal vents are biologically and geochemically extraordinarily active environments in the deep sea that hold answers to our understanding of life under extreme conditions, early life evolution, and global element cycles. In this blog NIOZ…
Monday 01 July 2019
DUST | Loooooong tropical-cyclone records
In their new paper that appeared today in the open-access journal Geophysical Research Letters, Jan-Berend Stuut and colleagues present one of the longest existing continuous records (5.3 Million years) of climate history of the northwestern part of…
Wednesday 26 June 2019
Introduction | Tracking movements of Spoonbills
Spoonbills that breed in The Netherlands spend the winter along the Atlantic coast between France and Senegal. But why do some spoonbills fly only a few hundred kilometres to spend the winter in France, whereas others continue their journey for more…
Tuesday 18 June 2019
NIOZ@Sea | The mysteries and secrets of Whittard Canyon
Canyons might form important pathways for carbon transport to the deep-sea. How does that work? Follow the blogs of NIOZ researchers aboard R.V. Pelagia as they cruise the Whittard Canyon complex situated in the Bay of Biscay.
Thursday 13 June 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Joining the MiningImpact2 expedition of RV Sonne
The arrival of the German research vessel Sonne in the port of Vancouver, Canada, on Monday 27 May, marked the end of a 3-months scientific expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Four NIOZ scientists…
Monday 13 May 2019
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expeditions 2019
In 2019 three Pelagia cruises will be organised to study the carrying capacity of the North Sea. Each cruise will last 2 to 3 weeks and follows different routes to cover and describe the various parts of the ecosystem of the North Sea. On May 8th the…
Wednesday 24 April 2019
DEEP SEARCH 2019 on cold-water coral reefs
How Benthic Landers Help Us Understand Why Corals Thrive in the Deep-sea. Read the blog by Furu Mienis, NIOZ Research Scientist. She joined the DEEP SEARCH 2019 expedition together with PhD student Sofia Ledin.
Tuesday 23 April 2019
DUST | Spring dust is in the air!
Not only spring is in the air; a lot of Saharan dust is presently also blowing towards northern Europe. The distance between the sources in northern Africa and The Netherlands is so large that the material is predominantly very fine grained: clay and…
Tuesday 26 February 2019
NIOZ@SEA | 64PE450
Along the southwestern African continental margin off Namibia and Angola coral mound provinces were found during the Meteor (ANNA) cruise in 2016. While the corals in the south along the Namibian margin were mostly fossil frame structures, the corals…
Tuesday 26 February 2019
NIOZ@SEA | FUNAMOX expedition in the southeast Atlantic
Off the coast of southwest Africa, currents force cold deep waters full of essential elements required for ocean life to the surface. This so-called upwelling has enormous impacts on the chemistry and biology of the water and sediment. We are sailing…