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


Wednesday 08 December 2021
RV Adriaen Coenen takes on its final shape
The construction of RV Adriaen Coenen at Next Generation Shipyards is proceeding well and according to plan. Now that the upper deck and the wheelhouse have been placed, the ship is taking on its definitive shape. The outside is being finished and on…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
Stranding of puffins in the Netherlands continues
In early December 2021, an unusual stranding of dead and weakened Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica started on the Dutch coast. Specimens washed ashore on all Wadden Islands, but also scattered along the mainland coast and in Zeeland. Because this…
Wednesday 08 December 2021
Baleens read like a whale's history book
By chemically analyzing sequential samples from the baleen of dead whales, it is possible to read not only the history of the diet, but also the migration route of the animals. In the latest issue of the journal Royal Society Open Science, NIOZ…
Tuesday 07 December 2021
’North Sea Transition in Harmony’ connects indispensable stakeholders
For the first time, a trans-disciplinary research programme has been proposed to bring together all sectors with an interest in creating a sustainable legacy for activities in the North Sea. A new ‘Blue Route’ consortium wants to start a long-term…
Tuesday 07 December 2021
High tech underwater gliders provide scientists with latest ocean and climate change information
For the community of marine researchers in the Netherlands, the Royal NIOZ, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, is obtaining three new gliders, which enable very detailed ocean water research for longer periods of time. Professor in Marine…
Wednesday 01 December 2021
Dolphins perform special spin dive when hunting deep prey
Risso’s dolphins have been observed to perform a rapid sprint coupled with a spin when starting a dive, even though this highly energetic movement costs considerably more energy than normal, much slower dives. A team of researchers has discovered…
Wednesday 01 December 2021
AI helps speed up ecological surveys
Scientists at NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) and Wageningen University & Research have developed a new deep-learning model for counting the number of seals in aerial photos…
Thursday 18 November 2021
'Mapping of ocean mixing' project receives Open Competition Domain Science-M award
NIOZ oceanographer Sjoerd Groeskamp has received a NWO Open Competition Domain Science-M programme award for his 'Measuring the immeasurable: mapping of ocean mixing' project. The NWO Domain Board Science has approved sixteen grant applications today…
Tuesday 16 November 2021
Machine learning helps to locally restore wetlands for coastal protection
By using large experimental data sets to feed a machine learning model, we can enable wetland establishment for flood defense by managing the local conditions, thereby overruling uncontrollable global change stressors. This is revealed by an…
Thursday 11 November 2021
Oceans of Energy will build 1 MW offshore solar off the coast of Scheveningen
Scheveningen, The Netherlands; November 11, 2021 - Today Oceans of Energy and partners & observers announce the upscaling of the world's first offshore solar farm system 20 times and expand it to 1 MW (MegaWatt). In the coming years, the company…