Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

News Archive

SENSE alumnus Alexander van Oudenhoven (WU) Discoverer of the year 2016 of Leiden University Environmental scientist Alexander van Oudenhoven has been chosen as Discoverer of the year of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. Vice Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl announced this during the faculty’s New Year’s Reception on 10 January.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Dagelijks klimaatbericht biedt perspectief om te handelen Naast het weerbericht hoort een dagelijks bericht over het klimaat. Met daarin actualiteiten over de toestand van het klimaat, waarschuwingen en praktische informatie over aanpassingen aan klimaatveranderingen of het terugdringen van risico’s. “Het biedt een beter zicht op handelswijzen”, zegt prof. Albert Klein Tank, buitengewoon hoogleraar Klimaatdiensten in zijn inaugurele rede aan Wageningen University & Research op 19 januari.
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Atse Louwen (UU): Solar energy currently cheapest and cleanest alternative to fossil fuels The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels. This applies to energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions during the production process, according to a comprehensive study by Atse Louwen and Wilfried van Sark (UU), André Faaij and Ruud Schropp (Eindhoven University of Technology). Their research results are published 6 December in the leading journal Nature Communications.
Thursday 15 December 2016
Maryna Strokal (WU): Cum Laude for PhD on river export of nutrients in China On 13 December Maryna Strokal defended her PhD thesis “River export of nutrients to the coastal waters of China: The MARINA model to assess sources, effects and solutions”. She graduated cum laude. Maryna was a PhD student in the Environmental Systems Analysis group, and now a postdoc in the Water Systems and Global Change group. Her promotors are Carolien Kroeze (WSG), Ma Lin (CAS, China) and Luan Shengji (Peking University, China).
Thursday 15 December 2016
NVBM Award for Bert Holtslag Bert Holtslag, full professor in Meteorology at WUR, has been awarded by the Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bevordering van de Metereologie (NVBM) for his impressing contribution to the development of meteorology, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Much of his work is applied in current weather and climate models. He is also first author of the standard work "Clear and Cloudy Boundary Layers".
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Philip Ward (IVM-VU) in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens: How much do we really know about river flooding? After publishing a paper on comparing 6 global flood models in ERL, Philip Ward (IVM-VU) and his co-authors were asked to developed a version for the Environmental Science Journal for Teens. This is a resource for teachers of teenage children. It was a really nice way to present their research in a different way, which may also be nice for some other SENSE research.
Thursday 10 November 2016
UNESCO-IHE emeritus prof. Bart Schultz wins world irrigation prize 2016 for unmatched contribution to the field of irrigation and drainage The awarding body, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, selected Professor Bart Schultz, a Dutch national, to receive the award for his, “sustained, long standing and highly committed work to irrigation and the drainage sector worldwide, through education, research, planning and international project implementation”.
Tuesday 8 November 2016
Joyeeta Gupta (UNESCO-IHE) announced co-chair of GEO-6 Joyeeta Gupta, Prof. of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment at UNESCO-IHE was named Co-Chair, with Paul Ekins, Prof. of Energy and Environment Policy at University College, London, to lead the production of the sixth edition of the 'Global Environment Outlook' (GEO-6), the most comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's environment.
Tuesday 8 November 2016
Vegetables from Mars receives Klokhuis Science prize 2016 Mars soil researcher Wieger Wamelink (WU, and SENSE PhD) is the winner of the first Klokhuis Science prize. Klokhuis is an informative children's programme of the Dutch broadcasting company NTR. Wieger Wameling's research on the possibility to grow vegetables on Mars was considered the "coolest" research by the children's jury.
Monday 7 November 2016
Medieval water power initiated the collapse of salmon stocks Salmon largely disappeared from European waters due to the construction of water mills, ecologists from Radboud University conclude (Scientific Reports, 20 July). The construction of water mills caused the destruction of the gravel beds in streams, making them unsuitable for salmon to spawn. Whereas it was previously thought that water contamination was the most likely explanation, archival research demonstrates that salmon stocks had already dwindled prior to the invention of the steam engine.
Wednesday 26 October 2016