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

Jolijn van Engelenburg

Date: 03 July 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen University

Dissertation title: 

Towards sustainable drinking water supply in the Netherlands

Group: Water Resources Management/Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management/Water Systems and Global Change, Wageningen University
Promotors: Prof.dr.ir. PJGJ Hellegers & Prof.dr.ir. R Uijlenhoet
Co-promotors: dr.ir. EJJ van Slobbe & dr.ir. AJ Teuling

Abstract:

The main objectives of this thesis are (1) to quantify and compare the impact of climate change and measures that aim to reduce the impact of local drinking water abstraction to groundwater-dependent ecosystems in the Netherlands, and (2) to develop a framework that supports the decision-making process for sustainable local drinking water supply, given projected developments such as climate change and water demand growth. To achieve the first objective, quantitative hydrological methods are used to analyze the impact of local drinking water abstraction and of measures to reduce this impact to a glacial moraine system in the Netherlands. For the second objective the DPSIR framework is used to identify sustainability characteristics of the local drinking water supply system. These characteristics are elaborated into a sustainability assessment framework to support decision-making. The thesis provides insight in current and future local scale sustainability challenges and trade-offs for local drinking water supply.

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