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News from the Pelagia

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The RV Pelagia is the NIOZ flag ship. She is built in 1991 and overhauled in 2010. With an overall length of 66 m, this versatile and stable vessel is suited for research on both coastal seas and open oceans (except for the polar regions).

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NIOZ@SEA blogs

Follow the news from our researchers on board.

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 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…
Monday 11 February 2019
Antarctic expedition FePhyrus II
Wat hebben ijzer en virus-infecties in Antarctica met elkaar te maken? We zijn op expeditie in de Zuidelijke Oceaan en de Weddellzee om dit uit te zoeken. Volg onze avonturen in de winter van 2018/2019 via deze blog! ~~~~ English version below ~~~~
Thursday 07 February 2019
Virus diversiteit en activiteit in Antarctica | Viral diversity and activity in Antarctic waters
Micro-organismen (algen en bacteriën) vormen de basis van de voedselketen in onze oceanen. Ook spelen ze een belangrijke rol in de wereldwijde cyclus van voedingsstoffen (nutriënten) en produceren ze 50 procent van het zuurstof op aarde. Net als in…
Thursday 24 January 2019
NIOZ@SEA | South Atlantic Subtropical Gyre Plastics Cruise
Microplastics (MP) are an emerging threat to the global environment. The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is considered an exception because it is thought to be less impacted by anthropogenic activities due to currents acting as effective barriers…
Tuesday 02 October 2018
NIOZ@SEA | Ecologisch onderzoek in de Nederlandse delta’s
De ecosystemen in de Oosterschelde, Grevelingen en Haringvliet zijn aan het veranderen door de invloed van onze Deltawerken, maar ook door klimaatverandering. In de Oosterschelde verdrinken de zandplaten langzaam door zandhonger, de bodem in het…
Sunday 26 August 2018
NIOZ@SEA | GEOMAR | Red Sea project SaltAx
Large parts of the Red Sea rift valley are covered by flows of submarine salt and sediment which, in contrast to most other mid-ocean rifts worldwide, makes the direct observation of the volcanism and ocean floor formation impossible for most parts…
Tuesday 21 August 2018
NIOZ@SEA | Black Sea cruise 2018
The Black Sea is the largest permanently stratified low oxygen basin in the world and its water column is characterized by the presence of multiple redox gradients. This is an ideal setting to determine the physiology and role of microbes that do not…
Monday 06 August 2018
Blog NIOZ@Sea | Microplastics Transit Cruise
RV Pelagia cruise 64PE442 takes advantage of a transit leg from Praia de Vitória, Terceira Island in the Azores to Catania on the Island of Sicily to collect samples of plastic marine debris, phytoplankton, and other particles and to compare…