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Wageningen University (WUR): Partner 18

Wageningen UniversityWageningen 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

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