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

News Archive

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
SENSE general director Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance The COST Action on “Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 58 proposers with regional and international outreach beyond European borders. Through establishing an integrative vision, utilizing a series of approaches that inform research and future policy directions, the network aims to cross-cut sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Wednesday 26 October 2016
Evaluatie Green Deals circulaire economie PBL heeft onderzocht welke rol Green Deals kunnen spelen als wegbereider voor een circulaire economie. Uit de evaluatie blijkt dat de Green Deals weliswaar meerwaarde hebben voor het proces van groene innovatie, maar niet vanzelfsprekend tot milieuwinst leiden. De overheid wil met Green Deals de dynamiek in de samenleving via groene projecten stimuleren. Voor dit onderzoek zijn 36 deals geselecteerd die zich richten op het sluiten van kringlopen.
Wednesday 26 October 2016