NIOZ youtubes

This page compiles the NIOZ youtubes that highlight the science of NIOZ onboard the research vessels, on the tidal flats or in the laboratories. The first video is the newest. Our corporate video 'Fathoming the Sea' and the clip 'Welcome on board of the NIOZ oceanographic RV 'Pelagia', showing the specifications of our flag ship are presented on the right side of the page. 



Catching Forams

Planktonic foraminifera are unicellar organisms, which create a little shell made out of carbonate. Since these shells are used in climate research, a research group of the NIOZ focusses on conducting growth experiments with these foraminifera. They are interested in how foraminifera respond to living in a warmer, saltier or more acidic ocean. In this short movie, Alice Webb and Didier de Bakker collect these living planktonic foraminifera while scuba diving near the researchstation CNSI on St. Eustatia. Thereafter, the foraminifera are transferred to the lab, where they are placed in different experimental set-ups.


NIOZ-STW study on the possible consequences of deep sea mining on ecosytems near the Azores

Can valuable mineral resources on the ocean floor be responsibly mined? To answer this question, we need to know much more about the deep-sea environments where these minerals occur in high concentrations. In April 2015, an international team of marine scientists sailed with the Dutch research vessel 'Pelagia' of Royal NIOZ to a site southwest of the Azores. Their mission: to collect data and perform experiments around a deep-sea hydrothermal vent field located on the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Sulfide minerals precipitating from the hydrothermal exhausts locally form massive sulfide deposits at the seafloor. In places where hydrothermal activity has ceased, these mineral deposits may become economically viable mining sites. Scientific understanding of the key geological, oceanographic and biological processes at those sites is of pivotal importance for policy makers to weigh the potential gain of valuable minerals against the potential environmental risks of deep sea mining.


Thinking like a bird

This movie is dedicated to the research on waders of professor Theunis Piersma, senior scientist at our institute and professor in migrating bird ecology at the University of Groningen. In 2014, Theunis received the Spinoza Award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. Core of this research are the global role of intertidal mud flats which become dry around low tide for waders in their life cycle.


‘Go with the flow’: Research on the currents in the subpolar North-Atlantic

Oceanographic research in the North Atlantic Ocean is of great importance to determine the role of the oceans in our climate and possible changes to be expected. Our scientists cooperate in large international projects to monitor the currents in the subpolar part of the North Atlantic continuously at geographical key locations. 

Film directors:

- Lightcurvefilms Maarten Roos

- ScienceMedia, Dan Brinkhuis

Got interested? Then get in contact our principal scientist dr Laura de Steur


Virtual Nature: The magic of visualizing scientific models 

This movie shows how our scientists combine ecological models with 3D computer graphics techniques to generate natural virtual worlds. This technique can be used to reveal natural ecosystems that are normally hidden from view, such as mussels beds underwater, to show their hidden beauty  and high biodiverisity.

The technique can also be used to visualise and compare the possible outcomes of differentecosystem management scenarios, which can be helpful for managers and the general public to choose the right management option.

An example of such an natural virtual world is the mussel bed visualisation movie that was made for the end-symposium of the scientific projects 'Mosselwad' en 'Waddensleutels'.

3D visualisation: Robert Rooseboom, NIOZ

Production: Johan van de Koppel, NIOZ

Movie director: Dan Brinkhuis, Sciencemedia 

Based on a model by Quan-Xing Liu & Johan van de Koppel: DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0089

Intersted? Contact professor Johan van de Koppel


Fike data show a strong decline of the fish fauna in the western Wadden Sea

50 years of fyke net catches show a strong decease of the fish fauna in the western Wadden Sea, especially since the 1980's.
The most important factors are most likely related to human activities in the coastal zone, such as sand mining, beach nourishment and fishing. Other factors are the impact of climate change and possible effects of increasing numbers of fish eating birds and seals. 


Introducing the European Marine Database 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)


Pathways to the Abyss (BOEM)

This American video "Pathways to the Abyss" has been made on the occasion of the research project "Canyons" in which NIOZ scientists Furu Mienis and Gerard Duineveld closely cooperated with several US partners. "Pathways to the Abyss" is a virtual trip to two Atlantic canyons on the East coast of the USA.

"Full spectrum of deep sea marine habitats revealed"  

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of a new video, Pathways to the Abyss, showcasing the deepwater marine habitats of two mid-Atlantic Canyons located 100 miles offshore Virginia and Maryland. The film is the product of a five-year study sponsored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) and funded by BOEM, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It includes interviews with scientists from universities, research institutions, the private sector and the federal government who participated in research cruises to the Norfolk and Baltimore Canyons from 2011 to 2013.

See video (23' 49")


Seas of colour

What is the colour of the sea? You never think about it. Dr. Marcel Wernand, physical oceanographer at NIOZ, tells about his research. He shows many kinds of differently coloured seas and explains its cause.


The NIOZ ultra-clean water sampler "PRISTINE"

An under water view of the operation of the NIOZ ultra-clean water sampler for the determination of very low trace metal concentrations in open ocean waters. All metal parts on the bottles and the entire frame containing the bottles is made of titanium to prevent sampling artifacts.  


Introducing the NIOZ Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre

Seas and oceans cover approximately 70% of the earth's surface, and most of this is deep sea, an environment about which we still know still very little. The potential for mining of raw materials in these wide expanses is enormous, and the international offshore and maritime industries are increasingly interested in the deep sea. It is generally acknowledged that a sound knowledge of the deep sea environment is crucial for further developing this deep sea mining concept in a responsible and sustainable way to protect valuable and vulnerable parts of the same deep sea environment. Fathoming the depths of the oceans -- even to depths of 6 km and beyond -- has been a part of our core business at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research for many decades.

Interested? Please contact Ir. Marck Smit, Head of our Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre. His contact details can be found on our website www.nioz.nl/deepsea


The Sand Motor - Passionate Research

The Sand Motor is an innovative method for coastal protection. The Sand Motor (also known as Sand Engine) is a huge volume of sand that has been applied along the coast of Zuid-Holland at Ter Heijde in 2011. Wind, waves and currents will spread the sand naturally along the coast of Zuid-Holland. This is called ‘Building with Nature’. The Sand Motor will gradually change in shape and will eventually befully incorporated into the dunes and the beach. The coast will be broader and safer. NIOZ is partner in this research project for the marine ecology of the sea bottom. Simeon Moons conducts his PhD research within this project. More information on the website of the Sand Motor.


Installation of multibeam on RV Pelagia

Company film of Kongsberg: the installation of the multibeam echosuounder on board the NIOZ research vessel Pelagia.


Next door unknown: What lives in the open Wadden Sea

Research cruise with the RV Navicula on the Wadden Sea, to discover what lives in the open Wadden Sea. By day and by night.


SIBES sampling campaign

An impression of the NIOZ fieldwork on the Wadden Sea, 2012 SIBES field season.


RV Pelagia cruise Galway to Lissabon 2011

Get deep down with the NIOZ Hopper camera system and discover life on cold water corals in the deep ocean.


NIOZ 3D Deep Digging Dredge

The NIOZ Deep Digging Dredge was developed by Magda Bergman and NIOZ workshops to sample low abundance macrofauna species in order to make accurate estimates of their densities.


IODP Expedition 318 Wilkes Land Documentary

From January to March 2010, the JOIDES Resolution sailed on IODP Expedition 318 to the Antarctic coastline of Wilkes Land. During this two-month voyage a team of top international scientists explored the history of Antarctic climate changes over the past 53 million years.