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

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Thursday 07 February 2019
Virus diversiteit en activiteit in Antarctica | Viral diversity and activity in Antarctic waters
Micro-organismen (algen en bacteriën) vormen de basis van de voedselketen in onze oceanen. Ook spelen ze een belangrijke rol in de wereldwijde cyclus van voedingsstoffen (nutriënten) en produceren ze 50 procent van het zuurstof op aarde. Net als in…
Thursday 24 January 2019
NIOZ@SEA | South Atlantic Subtropical Gyre Plastics Cruise
Microplastics (MP) are an emerging threat to the global environment. The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is considered an exception because it is thought to be less impacted by anthropogenic activities due to currents acting as effective barriers…
Tuesday 02 October 2018
NIOZ@SEA | Ecologisch onderzoek in de Nederlandse delta’s
De ecosystemen in de Oosterschelde, Grevelingen en Haringvliet zijn aan het veranderen door de invloed van onze Deltawerken, maar ook door klimaatverandering. In de Oosterschelde verdrinken de zandplaten langzaam door zandhonger, de bodem in het…
Sunday 26 August 2018
NIOZ@SEA | GEOMAR | Red Sea project SaltAx
Large parts of the Red Sea rift valley are covered by flows of submarine salt and sediment which, in contrast to most other mid-ocean rifts worldwide, makes the direct observation of the volcanism and ocean floor formation impossible for most parts…
Tuesday 21 August 2018
NIOZ@SEA | Black Sea cruise 2018
The Black Sea is the largest permanently stratified low oxygen basin in the world and its water column is characterized by the presence of multiple redox gradients. This is an ideal setting to determine the physiology and role of microbes that do not…
Monday 06 August 2018
Blog NIOZ@Sea | Microplastics Transit Cruise
RV Pelagia cruise 64PE442 takes advantage of a transit leg from Praia de Vitória, Terceira Island in the Azores to Catania on the Island of Sicily to collect samples of plastic marine debris, phytoplankton, and other particles and to compare…
Friday 20 July 2018
Hidden secrets in the North Sea: An expedition addressing sea-level rise, oxygen loss and microbial breakdown of methane
The North Sea still hides many secrets. A joint team of researchers from the Royal NIOZ Sea Research, TNO, Deltares, Utrecht University and VU University Amsterdam set out on an expedition with the research vessel Pelagia to answer some questions…
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Antarctic expedition FePhyrus
Wat hebben ijzer en virus-infecties in Antarctica met elkaar te maken? We zijn op expeditie in de kustgebieden van West-Antarctica om dit uit te zoeken. Volg onze avonturen in de winter van 2017/2018 via deze blog! ~~~~ English version…
Monday 06 November 2017
NIOZ@SEA DISCLOSE | Protecting vulnerable habitats in the North Sea
The North Sea is home to a diverse range of habitats and species, but at the same time it’s one of the most exploited sea regions in the world. Some of these habitats and species are under threat from this intensive exploitation. DISCLOSE studies how…
Thursday 26 October 2017
NIOZ@SEA | EXPEDITION NORTH SEA PROJECT SANDBOX
Similar as on land, sunlight is an essential ingredient of life in the seas: it heats up the water and is needed for the tiny algal cells in the water to grow. Sediment particles floating in the water block the light and therefore interfere with…