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

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Detlef van Vuuren (UU) wins Huibregtsen Prize for climate forecasting model Professor Detlef van Vuuren of Utrecht University and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) has received the 2018 Huibregtsen Prize for his research project IMAGE - scenarios for mapping climate change and options to explore climate policy at the 19th Evening of Science & Society held on 8 October 2018.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Jan Klok (WUR) wins the public vote of the Prins Friso engineering award With his innovative reactor design to remove hydrogen sulfide from natural gas, SENSE PhD graduate Jan Klok (Environmental Technology WUR) won the public vote of the Prins Friso engineering prize last March. The Prins Friso prize is yearly awarded by the Royal Institute of engineers (KIVI) to the ‘engineer of the year’ who’s research has demonstrated expertise, innovation, impact on society and entrepreneurship. Besides this jury award, the public’s favorite engineer is awarded by votes from the general public.
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Sustainable water use by smart modelling SENSE PhD candidate Joeri Willet (Environmental Technology WUR) is developing a model to better match water supply and demand of the industry. Within two years, he aims to have built a model that is capable of matching water supply and demand by finding alternative local water sources. In addition, the model calculates how to utilize supply sources in a sustainable way.
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Flying on biofuel for just a few extra euros The aviation sector accounts for 1.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, emissions produced by the sector are expected to increase by three to six times. In his doctoral thesis, SENSE PhD candidate Sierk de Jong (UU) argues that we can limit a large part of this growth by using biojet fuels, if we produce the fuel sustainably, develop new production technologies and introduce adequate policy incentives. De Jong also makes recommendations for policymakers and the aviation sector. De Jong defended his doctoral thesis in the University Hall of Utrecht University on 15 June 2018.
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Forest-rainfall cascades buffer against drought across the Amazon Tree transpiration in the Amazon may enhance rainfall for downwind forests. SENSE PhD Arie Staal (WU) published in Nature Climate Change how forest-rainfall cascades buffer the effects of drought and reveal a mechanism by which deforestation can compromise the resilience of the Amazon forest system in the face of future climatic extremes. On 22 June Arie Staal will defend his thesis on "Resilience of tropical forest and savanna: bridging theory and observation".
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Utrecht University is helping municipalities find alternatives to natural gas in houses Utrecht University collaborates with W/E Adviseurs and the Dutch Renewable Energy Foundation (Nederlandse Vereniging Duurzame Energie, NVDE) to help municipalities develop smart road maps to find alternatives to natural gas in neighbourhoods. Energy researcher Robert Harmsen is involved in the SmartTrans Energy Top Sector project.
Thursday 24 May 2018
Opiniestuk Maarten Hajer in NRC: "Kom uit het laboratorium en werk aan 't goede leven" Ingenieurs moeten niet alleen studie doen naar het klimaat, ze hebben ook de plicht om samen met sociologen te zoeken naar uitvoering van hun aanbevelingen, betoogt Maarten Hajer (UU).
Thursday 24 May 2018
KNAW membership for SENSE general board member Detlef van Vuuren (PBL) SENSE general board member Professor Detlef van Vuuren, climate scientist at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, has been awarded membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Van Vuuren receives this membership because of his outstanding scientific research on global sustainability issues, and on climate in particular.
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action? The new book “Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?” has just appeared at Cambridge University Press with contributions of (current and former) SENSE researchers Lisa Sanderink, Oscar Widerberg, Philipp Pattberg, Sander Chan and Harro van Asselt (IVM-VU) and Robbert Biesbroek (WUR).
Tuesday 8 May 2018
Increasing climate variability will hit world’s poorest countries It has been difficult to predict how weather extremes such as heat waves and cold snaps might change in a future climate. Now, a team of researchers from the Universities of Wageningen, Montpellier and Exeter revealed an unfair pattern. The research team found that rich countries that contributed most to climate change will see less temperature fluctuation, whereas in poor countries the fluctuations will become stronger.
Tuesday 8 May 2018