Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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News from the Pelagia

Where is the Pelagia?

The RV Pelagia is the NIOZ flag ship. She is built in 1991 and overhauled in 2010. With an overall length of 66 m, this versatile and stable vessel is suited for research on both coastal seas and open oceans (except for the polar regions).

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NIOZ@SEA blogs

Follow the news from our researchers on board.

Thursday 12 January 2023
Is the ocean getting noisier? The AQUA expedition
Climate change will likely make the oceans noisier. Not only does increased ship traffic add noise, the ongoing dissolution of CO2 into the ocean makes seawater more acidic and that, in turn, makes sound travel further underwater. Various studies…
Wednesday 09 November 2022
BLOG New Research Fleet Equipment | Training and sea acceptance tests Slocum gliders
After the tender procedure, three Slocum gliders have been purchased from Teledyne Webb Research. The first two weeks of November 2022, a team of scientists, electrical engineers and ship technicians went to SOCIB on Mallorca for combined operational…
Monday 22 August 2022
BLOG I-Nano cruise | Exploring deep-sea nanomaterials
Nanomaterials and nanoparticles are usually connected with high-tech industrial processes. But they have been a natural part of our planet from the very beginning, they show unique catalytic capabilities that may have (had) a major influence on…
Wednesday 22 June 2022
Tracking two harmful algal blooms species through time
When microorganisms or macroalgae grow out of control they can cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). These HABs impact the environment, but may also have negative influence on humans, especially when they produce toxins. Due to human impact and climate…
Tuesday 10 May 2022
TRAILS Spring 2022
The coast of the Wadden Sea islands is dynamic by nature: beaches change shape and size by the forces of wind and waves. In the past, villages on the islands were threatened by floods and the Wadden islands migrated. Nowaday, we try to keep the…
Thursday 21 April 2022
Mixation expedition, estimating ocean mixing
From April 21st researchers on the MIXATION expedition will deploy moorings to calibrate new methods that help us provide better estimates of ocean water mixing. Ocean water mixing is an important component in climate models.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
Sealink expedition 2022
From 7-18 April scientists of NIOZ on board the RV Pelagia collect data and samples in the Sealink project. In the interdisciplinary Sealink project, Dutch and Caribbean scientists are investigating how water quality affects coral reef health along…
Thursday 04 November 2021
NIOZ@SEA | Hard substraat verrijkt de Waddenzee
Sinds april 2020 stonden er verspreid over de Waddenzee 60 korven die gevuld waren met verschillende harde materialen (substraten). De afgelopen twee weken ben ik met mijn collega’s van het project Waddenmozaïek aan boord van RV Navicula hard aan het…
Wednesday 08 September 2021
International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 396 | Mid-Norwegian Continental Margin Magmatism
IOPD Expedition 396 to the Mid-Norwegian margin investigates the role of volcanism in the rapid global warming of the Eocene and perturbations of the global Carbon cycle during the warmest climatic phase of the past ~85 million years, known as the…
Wednesday 21 July 2021
Fieldwork Schiermonnikoog - mapping oyster and mussel reefs
In my line of work it is not common to get asked to accompany a fieldwork expedition. This is surprising, as a lot of the people working at NIOZ can be found in the field (or more usually, on the water) at some point in time. For a…