Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


Tuesday 08 August 2023
Evidence of hydrothermal vent animals, in volcanic caves beneath the ocean floor
A new ecosystem has been discovered in volcanic caves beneath hydrothermal vents at a well-studied undersea volcano at 2.500m depth. Using an underwater robot, scientists overturned chunks of volcanic crust, discovering cave systems teeming with…
Thursday 03 August 2023
Veni grant for effects of heat waves on marine communities in shallow coastal seas.
(For Dutch, scroll down) NWO has awarded a Veni funding of EUR 280,000 to Oscar Franken of the University of Groningen and NIOZ. This will allow him to further develop his own research ideas over the next three years.
Friday 28 July 2023
Breeding season not increasingly earlier, but unpredictable
Sanderlings are having an increasingly difficult time in their breeding grounds in Greenland. This is not always because climate change is causing spring to start earlier and earlier there, as is often assumed, but rather because the season is…
Tuesday 25 July 2023
Sahara dust can enhance removal of methane from the atmosphere
There is a hidden link between Saharan dust clouds and the levels of atmospheric methane – a strong greenhouse gas. A team of international scientists, including Jan-Berend Stuut, studied a mechanism that could significantly alter our understanding…
Wednesday 12 July 2023
€5.2 million for two nature projects providing an expansion of the WATLAS system
Years have been spent working on a unique technique to track small birds in the western Wadden Sea. Monitoring birds is very important if you want to understand what is changing for life in the Wadden Sea. Especially now that the ecosystem is…
Tuesday 11 July 2023
How does benthic life develop in an abandoned sand extraction pit?
How does benthic life develop in sand extraction sites, in which sand up to 6 metres has been excavated? This was investigated by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) in 2022 for the Sand from…
Tuesday 11 July 2023
NWO M-grant for aquatic symbioses
The NWO Domain Board Science has approved eighteen grant applications in the Open Competition Domain Science-M programme. M-grants are intended for innovative, high-quality, fundamental research and/or studies involving matters of scientific urgency.
Friday 07 July 2023
Dossier: deep sea
Two-thirds of the earth's surface consists of oceans and seas. The deep-sea is the largest biome on earth, making up 90% of the ocean’s volume. Below 200 meters depth it is dark, as hardly any sunlight can penetrate, the pressure increases and food…
Tuesday 04 July 2023
Insights on mangrove restoration for coastal protection
Along the northern coast of Java, Indonesia, relative sea level rises at an alarming rate due to land subsidence. This has tremendous effects on people and mangrove forests along the coast. Over the past four years Celine van Bijsterveldt, biologist…
Monday 03 July 2023
Warmest June ever recorded in Wadden Sea; concerns for mortality in overheated cockles
In the past six summers, there were as many as five with high mortality among cockles in the Wadden Sea. That mortality always occurred several weeks after above-average water temperatures were recorded. "I therefore hold my breath for the shellfish,…