Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea 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…
Tuesday 31 August 2021
Large difference in role of iron between oceans near Greenland and Antarctica
Though a lack of iron is a factor limiting algal growth in the oceans, more dissolved iron in the ocean East of Greenland due to the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet does not lead to more algae there. Off the coast of Antarctica, on the other hand,…
Monday 23 August 2021
PhD researcher provides ways to determine methane emissions on land
Nadine Smit, researcher at the Royal NIOZ Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, has discovered new chemical tracers to investigate the presence of terrestrial bacteria that consume the powerful greenhouse gas methane. The knowledge about methane…
Friday 20 August 2021
Marine parasites secretly nibble from their hosts
Parasitic copepods that were thought to use their marine hosts as a foothold and to steal food from their intestinal tract, now turn out to use a mixed feeding style to feed on both the host and its food. By applying a novel molecular method to…
Thursday 05 August 2021
Sea levels rising ever faster according to IPCC climate report 2021
In 3,000 years, the average sea level has never risen as fast as in the last century, during which it has risen by 20 centimetres. And the sea level is rising faster and faster. Another 20 centimetres will be added in the next thirty years. If…
Monday 02 August 2021
Han Dolman appointed new director of the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
The board of the Institutes Organization of NWO, the Dutch Research Council, has appointed Prof. Dr. Han Dolman Director of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) for a period of five years. As of 1 November 2021, he will succeed…
Thursday 08 July 2021
Construction of new research fleet starts with keel laying of RV Adriaen Coenen
On 8 July 2021, the festive keel laying of the RV Adriaen Coenen took place at Next Generation Shipyards in Lauwersoog. Symbolically, a coin was welded on the keel beam 'for good luck'. This was done by Henk van der Veer (former head of NIOZ Coastal…
Monday 05 July 2021
Dolphin species that live together, do not necessarily compete for food
A new molecular method reveals how different species of toothed whales compete for prey and which food they choose in each other’s company. Marine scientists from NIOZ and the Federal University of Rio Grande, in Brazil, recently published their work…
Tuesday 29 June 2021
During epic migrations, great snipes fly at surprising heights by day and lower by night
Don't let the great snipe's pudginess fool you. A stocky marsh bird with a 20-inch wingspan, great snipes are also speedy marathoners that can migrate from Sweden to Central Africa in just three days, without even stopping to eat, drink, or sleep.…
Wednesday 16 June 2021
The European Marine Board launches policy brief for sustained ocean observation
The European Marine Board (EMB), a leading European think tank in marine science policy, has today launched its policy briefing: Sustaining in situ Ocean Observations in the Age of the Digital Ocean. The Policy Brief, developed by members from the…