The Netherlands is remembering the disastrous 1953 North Sea flood (Watersnoodramp), a major flood that struck exactly 70 years ago today. UT scientist Jord Warmink (Marine and Fluvial Systems group) reflects on the disaster’s impact on flood protection policy and dike development. ‘We are trying to be more proactive nowadays, but you can’t ever rule out the possibility of a disaster.’
‘Green water is the main source of water to produce food. But in many places we are exceeding its limits,’ says UT scientist Joep Schyns. He is the first person to do a global assessment of green water scarcity. His paper on the topic was just published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
We werken bijna iedere dag samen, maar hoe goed kennen we de collega’s nu echt? U-Today is benieuwd naar de persoonlijke verhalen achter het ondersteunend- en beheerspersoneel en zet ze in deze rubriek ‘On the spot’. Aan het woord is Joke Meijer (64), management-assistant van de vakgroep Water Management.
This year’s edition of TEDxTwenteU, with the theme ‘Building Bridges’, will take place tomorrow, Wednesday May 2nd , at Concordia. A small audience of 100 people will listen to ten speakers from all over the UT. We spoke to one of them, Rick Hogeboom, whose talk is about the size of our water footprints.
European project CATCH, with the UT as one of its partners, wants to prepare cities for climate change and resulting extreme weather events - by putting water in the center of urban design. It’s starting with seven pilot cities, where new climate adaptation measures are being tested. Enschede is one of them.
Cape Town is experiencing a severe water shortage. Despite strict water rations, the city is preparing for ‘Day Zero’, the day when the authorities turn off water for most of the city’s households. How did it come to this? We asked Arjen Hoekstra, Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente.
Hurricane Harvey has been devastating Texas, pummeling Houston with more rain in two days than the city normally sees in a year. The disaster has affected millions of people and experts fear the worst is yet to come. What made this particular storm so powerful and could a similar disaster also occur in Twente? The manager of the Twente Water Center Kris Lulofs offers answers to these questions.
The water sector in Palestine is dealing with many issues, especially a lack of access to water caused by a combination of factors, such as climate change and the local political situation. To help the Palestinian water sector to adapt, program PADUCO has been established by five Palestinian and five Dutch universities, including the University of Twente.
Scarcity of water affects four billion people worldwide. They struggle with a shortage of water at least one month per year. That is the conclusion of Arjen Hoekstra, lecturer in Water Management.
If it comes to risks in Northwest Europe, droughts trump floods. The DROP project, a large European project devoted to adapting to climate change, is therefore focused on drought and water scarcity. 'However, drought risk awareness is still low,' Professor Hans Bressers explained during his lecture, organized as a part of the annual Twente Water Week, taking place 14th-18th September 2015.
Meet the Turkish man who cycled along the rhine, initiated Dutch toastmasters and already achieved his ‘nirvana’ publication before finishing his PhD. Mehmet Demirel will defend his thesis on low flows in the rhine this month. And yes, his short thesis presentation will be in Dutch.