University is an international centre of education and research
in the agricultural and environmental sciences. The university is
part of ‘Wageningen University and Research Centre’,
which includes several scientific and technological institutes.
WU has earned a good reputation during many years of experience
with international co-operation projects in Europe and all over
the world. The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group
(HQWM) is part of the Sub-department Water Resources and the larger
Department of Environmental Sciences and focuses on fundamental
research on hydrological processes at various scales.
The HQWM has initiated and participated in research on effects
of climate change on the hydrological system of small basins. Their
researchers have contributed substantially to the large-scale experiments
of EFEDA-Spain and HAPEX-SAHEL. Within the EC-Climate Programme
a project on Spatial Variability of Land Surface Processes was carried
out. The group was project leader of the national research programme
‘Vulnerability of water supply of the Netherlands through
the river Meuse’. As follow up of this study a project called
‘Effects of climate change on the hydrology of the river Meuse’
has been carried out. Recently, the group has been involved in the
EC projects ‘Assessment of the regional impact of droughts
in Europe (ARIDE)’ and ‘Data assimilation within a unifying
modelling framework for improved river basin water resources management’
(DAUFIN)’ within the EC programmes ‘Climate and Environment’
and ‘Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development’,
respectively. Furthermore, various international projects on the
implementation of remote sensing in hydrology are being carried
out. The group also has a strong background in rainfall-runoff modelling.
HQWM’s is currently involved in the FP5 project VOLTAIRE.
Close national co-operation exists with the radar groups of Delft
University of Technology and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological
Institute. The Sub-department Water Resources, of which the HQWM
is an integral part, employs 14 senior scientists, 5 junior scientists
and 6 supporting staff members. In addition, a number of temporary
personnel such as visiting scientists and grant holders are present.
For further information visit the WUR website on: www.wur.nl/uk