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.

Friday 23 August 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Curacao mapping
A group of scientists from NIOZ, MARUM and ZMT are heading to Curacao to gather data on the modern and fossil reefs surrounding the island. Their expedition will last from August 23rd until September 3rd, and they will use state-of-the-art approaches…
Tuesday 13 August 2019
NIOZ@SEA | RV Pelagia Sargassum Cruise PE-455
The holopelagic species of Sargassum (i.e. S. natans and S. fluitans), which are normally associated with the Sargasso Sea, have begun forming unprecedented accumulations and subsequent strandings on the western coast of Africa, northern Brazil, and…
Wednesday 03 July 2019
NIOZ@Sea | Communities at hydrothermal vent Rainbow
Hydrothermal vents are biologically and geochemically extraordinarily active environments in the deep sea that hold answers to our understanding of life under extreme conditions, early life evolution, and global element cycles. In this blog NIOZ…
Tuesday 18 June 2019
NIOZ@Sea | The mysteries and secrets of Whittard Canyon
Canyons might form important pathways for carbon transport to the deep-sea. How does that work? Follow the blogs of NIOZ researchers aboard R.V. Pelagia as they cruise the Whittard Canyon complex situated in the Bay of Biscay.
Thursday 13 June 2019
NIOZ@SEA | Joining the MiningImpact2 expedition of RV Sonne
The arrival of the German research vessel Sonne in the port of Vancouver, Canada, on Monday 27 May, marked the end of a 3-months scientific expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Four NIOZ scientists…
Monday 13 May 2019
NIOZ@SEA | North Sea Expeditions 2019
In 2019 three Pelagia cruises will be organised to study the carrying capacity of the North Sea. Each cruise will last 2 to 3 weeks and follows different routes to cover and describe the various parts of the ecosystem of the North Sea. On May 8th the…
Wednesday 24 April 2019
DEEP SEARCH 2019 on cold-water coral reefs
How Benthic Landers Help Us Understand Why Corals Thrive in the Deep-sea. Read the blog by Furu Mienis, NIOZ Research Scientist. She joined the DEEP SEARCH 2019 expedition together with PhD student Sofia Ledin.
Tuesday 26 February 2019
NIOZ@SEA | 64PE450
Along the southwestern African continental margin off Namibia and Angola coral mound provinces were found during the Meteor (ANNA) cruise in 2016. While the corals in the south along the Namibian margin were mostly fossil frame structures, the corals…
Tuesday 26 February 2019
NIOZ@SEA | FUNAMOX expedition in the southeast Atlantic
Off the coast of southwest Africa, currents force cold deep waters full of essential elements required for ocean life to the surface. This so-called upwelling has enormous impacts on the chemistry and biology of the water and sediment. We are sailing…
Monday 11 February 2019
Antarctic expedition FePhyrus II
Wat hebben ijzer en virus-infecties in Antarctica met elkaar te maken? We zijn op expeditie in de Zuidelijke Oceaan en de Weddellzee om dit uit te zoeken. Volg onze avonturen in de winter van 2018/2019 via deze blog! ~~~~ English version below ~~~~