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


Thursday 14 October 2021
In memory of Alex Cofino | In Memoriam Alex Cofino
On Sunday evening 10 October 2021, we received the very sad news of the totally unexpected death of our highly esteemed colleague Alex Cofino, head of the NIOZ-National Marine Research Facilities (NMF). Because of his warm, open personality,…
Thursday 14 October 2021
Cordgrass invasion threatens the world’s most stunning saltmarshes
A new study by an international team of conservation biologists demonstrates that the performance of even well-managed Protected Areas can be severely undermined by exotic species invasions. Their findings are published in the leading scientific…
Wednesday 06 October 2021
Climate change tipping points: back to the drawing table
We regularly hear warnings that climate change may lead to ‘tipping points’: irreversible situations where savanna can quickly change into desert, or the warm gulf stream current can simply stop flowing. These cautions often refer to spatial patterns…
Monday 04 October 2021
The colonization of the Azores began 700 years prior to Portuguese arrival
The human occupation of the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean began 700 years earlier than the onset of Portuguese settlement of the island, which as historical documents indicate, was in the 14th century. This is the main conclusion of new…
Thursday 30 September 2021
Utrecht University and NIOZ join forces in eleven more joint research projects
Eleven research pairs from Utrecht University (UU) and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have been awarded grants to carry out joint research into the functioning of coastal seas and oceans. In 2020, thirteen previous pairs…
Tuesday 28 September 2021
European fishing communities face their own specific climate risks
Of all European fisheries and coastal communities, the ones in the UK and the Eastern Mediterranean have the highest risk of being affected by climate change. Marine researchers working in Denmark, the UK and the Netherlands published the outcomes of…
Thursday 23 September 2021
New, innovative equipment for national marine research
Under the leadership of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), a large consortium of national marine research and education institutes has been focusing, over the past few years, on the now necessary replacement of the national…
Monday 20 September 2021
Inaugural lecture Jan van Gils 21 September 2021 | ‘Climate change leads to shortage of males’
The Arctic is the region with the fastest change in climate. This has drastic consequences for a migratory bird like the knot, NIOZ-ecologist Jan van Gils explains in his inaugural lecture as honorary professor ‘Global Change Ecology of Migrant…
Monday 13 September 2021
Rob Middag appointed honorary professor Marine Trace Metal Biogeochemistry
On 1 September 2021 Rob Middag has been appointed as honorary professor in Marine Trace Metal Biogeochemistry at the University of Groningen in the Centre for Isotope Research (CIO) Oceans group. As a chemical oceanographer, Rob Middag's research…
Friday 10 September 2021
SIBES and Wadden Mosaic show powerline Wadden Sea planned straight through biodiversity hotspots
The projected powerline ‘Eemshaven West’, that may connect a new 700 MW wind park on the North Sea with the powerstation in Eemshaven, potentially crosses the Wadden Sea exactly in some of the most biodiverse hotspots. That is the conclusion drawn by…