The CALM Research team characterizes droughts, floods and heat waves including feedback mechanisms between land and atmosphere and the related impact. Considering the sustainable use of land and water resources, strategies for adaptive river basin development are being elaborated, together with stakeholders. The overarching topic is long-term scenarios and impact studies, with special focus on climate change and climate variability.
The CALM team is framed according to six research cells and one knowledge group: freshwater ecosystems:
- Green Economic growth: this cell is part of the Green economic growth (GEG) strategic programme, an Alterra strategy that targets on green business models. Our researchers would like to stimulate economic growth in rural and urban areas to ensure poverty eradication and quality of life for all, without overexploitation of the natural (non-renewable) resources of soil, water, biodiversity, energy and cultural capital. The projects target on increasing profit, creating jobs, defining products and providing food supply security.
- Climate Smart Agriculture: this cell stands for the usage of technologies (hardware, software, org-ware) that have a positive impact on agriculture’s productivity and economic growth, increase the resilience of human and natural systems to climatic change (adaptation), and/or support climate change mitigation.
- Adaptation services, visualisation and communication: this cell aims at setting up, facilitating and supporting climate and water adaptation activities for national and global adaptation research, policy strategies and planning. This is done by making use of tools, such as the climate adaptation atlas, guidance on adaptation, knowledge dissemination instruments, apps, websites and social media.
- Water & Food security: what is the impact of climate change on water, food/feed production, energy production and biodiversity; what integrated approach will ensure water, food/feed, energy and biodiversity security?
- Climate resilient cities: this cell will deepen the understanding of how metropolitan nature can mitigate and buffer the impacts of climate change, enabling urban actors and the urban environment to adapt to flooding, storm water events, drought and heat stress. With urbanized regions becoming the dominant human habitat, cities not only are the engine of the globalizing economy, but the well-being of humans is increasingly governed by the quality of urban life.
- Blue Deltas: this cell combines expertise in the field of water management, capacity building, (hydrological) modelling and fresh water ecology in projects for land use and river basin assessment and planning, (ecological) restoration, and development of areas prone to flooding and climate change.