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

Core Research Theme 3: Global and Regional Environmental Change

Mission and aims

The aim of Core 3 is to analyse the causes and effects of, and possible solutions to global change with emphasis on changes in climate, land use, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles. Global change is the ultimate result of expanding economic activities based on wide spread practices and technologies that result into global scale changes in the functioning of the biosphere. The effect per capita is a major determinant in this equation. It is still growing in industrialised countries while in emerging emerging economies the environmental use per capita is rapidly growing. At the global level major changes are now taking place in climate, land use, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles. The early effects on environmental quality en ecosystem services are becoming increasingly visible. Existing local stresses related to intensive human use of ecosystem services are exacerbated by global changes.

The ultimate aim of the various foci of this core programme 3 is to understand global change and its driving mechanisms, explore socio-economic and technological development trajectories that have a lower impact and to develop integrated models for simulation, projection and scenario development, and assess management implications and policy strategies under different plausible futures and at various scales.

Research Clusters / Research Topics

  • Global environmental change: complex dynamics in human-environmental systems (VIII)
    (interacting biogeochemical cycles; global change observations and trends; earth system compartment interactions; complex systems and resilience; effects on ecosystems and biodiversity; scenarios and modelling potential impacts; uncertainty and communication)
  • Managing global and climate change (IX)
    (the role of technological change on mitigation strategies; the development of long-term mitigation and adaptation policies in an international context; assessment of climate adaptation strategies for the Netherlands and internationally; risk management of vulnerable areas like river basins, river delta's and coastal areas; the use of spatial analysis, economic analysis and policy instruments in water management; global change and human health)
  • Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change (XIV)
    (sustainability science; integrated modelling; participatory methods; uncertainty analysis; decision support systems for integrated pollution and/or ecosystem management)
  • Marine research (XX)
    (marine water quality, marine ecology, impact assessment for the marine environment, marine systems and climate change, marine ecosystem dynamics, marine systems for pharma and food, marine symbiosis, marine governance)