Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Wadden Systems Research Centre

Wadden Sytems Research Centre supplies easy access to expert teams, equipment, technology and protocols as developed for a variety of tidal environments

Wadden Systems Research Centre


The Wadden Systems Research Centre (WSRC) supplies easy access to those who would like to make use of expert teams, equipment, technology and protocols as developed for a variety of tidal environments. The centre is also responsible for running a dataportal, which supplies internationally standardised and open access to more than 10.000 data sets on long-term field observations in coastal seas. International courses and training in the theory and practice of research in wadden systems are presently developed. For more than 100 years, multidisciplinary teams of the NIOZ have gained specific insights and expertise on the functioning of the Wadden Sea. More recently, studies in Mauritania, Australia, Alaska, Oman and China have broadened the expertise, including the design and deployment of innovative monitoring technology.

WSRC focuses on various topics as shown below. By clicking on the link beneath a topic, you find related projects and scientific experiences. You can also navigate via the menu on the right. 


Ecosystems under pressure

Worldwide wadden systems - areas with coastal mudflats that fall dry during low tide - are rare. Thanks to their high productivity, however, these intertidal areas accommodate large numbers of the world’s young fish and migratory birds, and also supply great opportunities for human use of natural resources such as fisheries and aquaculture.

Wadden ecosystems and ecosystems services are under pressure. In densely populated areas, coastal lines are redrawn to accommodate for new areas for housing, infrastructures and aquaculture, and diked as protection against the sea. Even the most remote areas suffer from pollution and climate change. Sustainable solutions for managing intertidal areas require multi-disciplinary scientific knowledge and practical knowhow.



Summer School 2018

Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School, August 18-31, 2018 
During this two-week summer school, master students and early PhD students will explore the natural dynamics of the Wadden Sea together with scientists on the islands of Sylt (D), Spiekeroog (D) and Texel (NL). The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School is a joint initiative of three research institutes, namely NIOZ, ICBM and AWI, as well as the Waddenacademie.

Students will learn about concepts and methods needed to examine key ecological processes in estuarine ecosystems, and will gain a basic understanding of the challenges of managing a World Natural Heritage Site on a national and trilateral level. Detailed information on the summer school is available here. Registration is possible till June 15, 2018.  Download flyer here.




The Planet Texel Academy (PTA) is an interdisciplinary platform for research, experimentation, knowledge and design where exchange between disciplines is done by means of symposia, lectures, workshops and exhibitions. PTA wants to stimulate a new way of thinking about social issues, based on restored connections with the environment. PTA is cooperating with stakeholders (governmental, societal, NGOs) and scientific institutes such as the Dutch Technical Universities of Eindhoven and Delft. PTA puts forward innovative proposals and strategies that support the ambitions of the island of Texel to strengthen the self-reliance of people and communities. The Royal NIOZ is involved in the Pilot “Nieuweschild”, where alternative ideas for dike enforcement are developed which enable local supply of food (marine algae and shellfish) and renewable energy (wind and tides).


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