‘My Vidi project is related to droughts, an extremely relevant topic - and not just scientifically,’ says Roelof Rietbroek, one of the two UT scientists who were awarded the Vidi grant of 800,000 euros this year. The researcher uses satellite data to investigate water cycle changes.
UT scientist Yijian Zeng and his team, from the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), combined two existing computer models into a powerful tool to monitor the impact of drought and heat waves on vegetation. They received a three year grant from Netherlands eScience Center to further develop and refine their new model.
‘The ultimate goal of the SMARTseeds project is to improve income of at least 100.000 farmers in Indonesia,’ ITC researcher Wietske Bijker describes a big international project that aims to provide information services for vegetable farmers.
‘Water shortage is a big issue in Iran, which is why it is important to make the optimal decisions regarding water allocation - to every single tree,’ Milad Mahour explains why he developed a method able to detect individual trees using satellite images.
219 volunteers of 29 different nationalities came together yesterday with one goal in mind: to put Malawi on the map. The Mapping Party, held at ITC, was the largest mapping event in the Netherlands and it helped approximately 250.000 vulnerable people in the African country of Malawi.
In order to give ITC students a break from their books, lecturer Wan Bakx (52) started a running group called Run4Fun. The team has taken part in the Batavierenrace every year since 2000 and holds the record as the team with the most nationalities. Bakx himself does not take part in the race, as this would endanger his ambitions as an international hurdler.