NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institution for the Netherlands. Our mission is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet. To this end, NIOZ facilitates and supports fundamental as well as applied marine research and education in the Netherlands and Europe.

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23/06/2015 07:49

Adventurous and Stay-At-Home Wading Birds

Different personalities require different forms of protection.

Flocks of wading birds over the Wadden Sea mudflats may look uniform and harmonious, but that is not the case at all. Flocks of knots consist of individual birds that differ in their keenness to travel, body size, dietary patterns, and fat reserves. And what may look like a pleasant gathering is in fact the setting for a subtle struggle for power. These are some of the findings from the PhD thesis by Allert Bijleveld, who works at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and who defended his thesis at the University of Groningen on Friday 19 June.

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22/06/2015 15:24

New Videoclip: Introducing the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

As Royal NIOZ, we focus on a national and international embedding of data files and therefore take an active part in various (inter-) national organizations for data management, such as the European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet). EMODnet consists of more than 100 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata to make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use.

EMODnet has produced a video (June 2015) to illustrate its position and possibilities for marine research, international marine policy, management and companies. 

Watch the video (8:53 min)

NIOZ contact person: Taco de Bruin (Head Datamanagement Group)


15/06/2015 10:34

NIOZ Directs Research into Vegetation in Hedwige Polder in Next Four Years

How, where and when vegetation develops in areas that have been returned to the sea is vital knowledge for adequate management of these new ecosystems. The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, together with the Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission (VNSC) and Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) has received funding for a four-year development study into indicators of the first forms of vegetation appearing in areas that have been returned to the sea, such as the Hedwige Polder.

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29/05/2015 08:34

Milestone: Declaration of intent for a better monitoring programme in the Dutch Wadden Sea

The WaLTER symposium in the Leeuwarden arts centre ‘De Harmonie’ on 21 May was rounded off with a milestone event: the signing of a declaration of intent to better monitor and maintain the Wadden Sea. The parties involved are Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Coalitie Wadden Natuurlijk, the three provinces bordering the Wadden Sea, the Dutch Petroleum Company NAM, and Groningen Seaports. Collaboration between these parties is unique to the Netherlands. These management organizations and companies also work closely together with the Wadden Academy.

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