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Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ 't Horntje (Texel)
The Netherlands

About Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institute of the Netherlands and part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute employs around 300 permanent and temporary staff. The mission of NIOZ is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet, and to facilitate and support marine research and education in The Netherlands and Europe. Apart from conducting fundamental research in the main fields of marine sciences, frontier-applied research is an upcoming activity of NIOZ. In order to fulfil its mission, the institute performs tasks in three specific fields: Research with an emphasis on innovative, multidisciplinary, and independent fundamental research in shallow coastal seas and in open oceans; Education - the institute educates PhD and other students of universities and schools for professional education; Facilities - NIOZ operates the ocean-going RV Pelagia as well as smaller vessels for coastal research, and manages the National Marine Facilities equipment pool.

Role in the Project

NIOZ will contribute to the assessment of the environmental performance of the improved design of a nodule collector vehicle developed within Blue Harvesting, in particular with regards to seabed alteration (sediment compaction, erosion, redeposition) and sediment mobilisation and dispersion by currents. Quantitative data on environmental performance will be collected during a field trial scheduled for summer 2021.

EIT RawMaterials - Connecting matters

This project has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, EIT Raw Materials under Project Agreement 18138. 

The Blue Harvesting project spans three years, running from April 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2022.

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