NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Sea Research from Climate to Biodiversity
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Sea research from climate to biodiversity​

NIOZ, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, is the national oceanographic institute and the Netherlands’ centre of expertise for ocean, sea and coast. We advance fundamental understanding of marine systems, the way they change, the role they play in climate and biodiversity, and how they may provide sustainable solutions to society in the future. NWO-I is an umbrella organization for nine national research institutes: AMOLF, ARCNL, ASTRON, CWI, DIFFER, Nikhef, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON.

The overarching research questions at NIOZ are related to understanding how marine systems work, how they are changing due to anthropogenic and natural impacts, and what benefits can be obtained from them in a sustainable manner. ​We improve process knowledge across different time and space scales ­– from past to present to future, from nanoseconds to millennia and beyond, from the tropics to polar regions, from the surface to the seafloor, from the deltas and coasts to the deep sea and from single molecules to entire ecosystems. ​

Understanding how the marine systems change, involves quantifying and understanding possible trends and changes, and how these may be amplified by feedbacks. ​How we can utilize the marine systems, depends on our understanding and predictive capability.​


Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry​


Coastal Systems


Ocean Systems


Estuarine & Delta Systems

Working at NIOZ

Oceanographic research is a life’s work, and personal. To help you reach your full potential, we focus on creating the best conditions to excel.

Creating equal opportunities and balance in diversity are at the forefront of our approach. Our excellent science staff, our ocean-going research fleet and facilities, and the multidisciplinary research approach are unique.

At NIOZ, you are connected with the entire chain of marine research. You can develop excellent (research) skills to fulfill your ambitions and contribute to addressing the biggest challenges of our time.


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