Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


Tuesday 21 March 2023
NIOZ collaboration with the fossil fuels industry and other industries
At NIOZ there has been a developing discussion under what conditions NIOZ can be involved in research funded by big oil and gas companies. Reasons for having this discussion now are the tenders for the wind parks at the North Sea (HKW, IJmuiden Ver),…
Monday 20 March 2023
Latest and possibly final IPCC warning: Effective climate policy is more urgent than ever
To have a fifty-fifty chance of meeting the 1.5-degree Paris target, in early 2020 the world could still emit 500 gigatons of CO2. Now, three years later, only 380 gigatons of that remains. As a result, in almost all scenarios, we exceed the 1.5…
Wednesday 15 March 2023
Natural coastal protection influenced by seagrass and soil animals
NIOZ PhD candidate Jaco de Smit investigated the role of the tidal zone in natural coastal protection. He improved a research method to conduct realistic experiments in the sea. In doing so, he discovered that offshore seagrass is surprisingly…
Wednesday 15 March 2023
NIOZ director Han Dolman's book 'Carbon dioxide through the ages: from wild spirit to climate culprit'
Everything you always wanted to know about carbon dioxide. In this book, Han Dolman meticulously traces the history of the most important greenhouse gas, from its discovery in 1600, to the problems the global community now faces with this ‘wild…
Friday 10 March 2023
Strong currents supply food towards deep-sea reefs
Marine biologist Evert de Froe discovered how cold-water corals and sponges can make thriving reefs in the deep, dark and cold sea: ocean currents ensure the supply of sufficient food to the ocean floor. Using a simulation model, De Froe can now…
Tuesday 07 March 2023
NIOZ researcher Anja Spang wins 2023 Ammodo Science Award
Ammodo today announced that Tazuko van Berkel, Stan Brouns, Tatiana Filatova, Jingyuan Fu, Merel Keijzer, Daniël Lakens, Hugo Snippert and Anja Spang are the winners of the Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research 2023. The laureates each…
Monday 06 March 2023
Young grass follows different growth strategies on salt marshes and in dunes
Shoots of a young grass plant in the salt marsh grow clustered regardless of environmental factors. Whereas in the dunes, young grasses organize their shoots differently depending on the species and their habitat. With their diverse growth…
Sunday 05 March 2023
Ocean treaty: 30% of the oceans protected in 2030
Researchers at NIOZ welcome the UN treaty on ocean protection signed last night after many years of negotiations. By 2030, 30% of the seas must be protected. So far, only 1.2% of the sea is protected. [Dutch follows English]
Tuesday 21 February 2023
Developing digital twins to help understand ecosystems
LTER-LIFE aims to study and predict how global change affects ecosystems. It is one of nine projects that have just won Dutch funding earmarked for setting up and improving large-scale research infrastructure. LTER stands for Long-term Ecosystem…
Monday 20 February 2023
16 Million to keep the Dutch delta liveable – even as it changes
Deltas and coastal plains are attractive places to live: fertile, flat, open to the sea. These lowlands are, however, also vulnerable to climate-change and sea-level rise. To better predict how deltas develop in the future we need a thorough…