|Short Description:||NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the National Oceanographic Institute of the Netherlands. NIOZ co-operates closely with the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (CEME) of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. |
The mission of NIOZ is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for a better understanding and sustainability of our planet, to manage the national facilities for sea research and to support research and education in the Netherlands and in Europe.
The basic scientific disciplines at NIOZ are physics, chemistry, biology and geology. Multidisciplinary sea research is regarded as one of the main strengths of the institute. Therefore, the research is organised in 5 multi-disciplinary themes: 'Open ocean processes, Sea floor dynamics, Wadden and shelf sea systems, Climate variability and the sea and Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning'.
NIOZ and NIOO are responsible for two research projects and courses. The first project and accompanying training course focuses on shellfish productivity in coastal systems and fits in the MARES theme Natural Resources. Shellfish secondary production is mainly a matter of recruitment success and the aim of the project is to unravel the responsible bottom-up and top-down processes. Experimental studies will contribute to the development of a tri-trophic model,in which processes at the individual level are described by Dynamic Energy Budget theory. The second project and course consider the problem of biological invasions, which is also a MARES theme. The central question is what can explain the success of exotic species? Analysis of available long-term observations in combination with competition experiments and ERSEM modeling will enable risk assessments and introduction/invasion prevention.