Sustainable Water

High water level in the river IJssel near Kampen in Overijssel, Netherlands
High water level in the river IJssel near Kampen in Overijssel, the Netherlands

Water is a key element in the earth system, with vital relevance for societies, economies, and ecosystems. Our research addresses how land use and climate change affect hydrological cycling, water availability, flood risks and water quality across scales ranging from catchment to continental and global.

In addition, we develop new governance arrangements and water management measures for sustainable use of water. We integrate knowledge on physical, chemical and biological ecosystem services with knowledge on socio-economic and governance strategies for sustainable management of water resources, e.g. for safe water provision, biodiversity conservation, flood resilience and urban water governance. We seek close interaction with stakeholders, including policymakers, experts and practitioners at the regional, national and international levels.

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