What does Research Data Management mean in everyday practice? In this series of interviews by RDM Support, researchers share their experiences on various aspects of research data management. In this interview, Publi Prize winner Niko Wanders about sharing research data.
What path does a raindrop take from the moment it touches the ground until it reaches the sea? It is important to know where water is, but also where it isn’t. Hydrologist Niko Wanders devotes his research to droughts, and how they are influenced by people. The goal: to better predict droughts. Using extensive models, Niko is able to simulate the path of a single raindrop. However, to create these models, you need data. A lot of data.
Niko is an assistant professor of hydrological extremes at the Faculty of Geosciences. "At our department we focus on all phenomena that influence drought, such as rivers, groundwater levels and water shortages, worldwide. We look especially at the past fifty years, and we use this information to make predictions. These are simulated with hydrological models, which are based on collected data from all kinds of institutions from all over the world."