Water Quality

What is it about?

The availability of clean water is at risk across the globe. Water pollution poses a threat to ecosystems and society. A multi-pollutant modelling approach can help to better understand and manage water quality issues. We develop multi-pollutant models of causes, effects and solutions of future water stress, while accounting for water demand, water availability, and pollution in rivers, lakes, reservoirs and coastal seas. Many pollutants have common sources and multiple impacts. A new generation of models is needed to explicitly address the combined exposure of surface waters to multiple pollutants. Such models could serve as a basis for integrated water quantity and water quality assessments. In Wageningen, we co-develop such models, focusing on water quantity (the VIC model) and water quality (nutrients, pathogens, plastic, salinity, toxic chemicals, etcetera). We develop global models, but apply them on multiple scales.

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Water Quality and Lakes

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Algal blooms turn lakes into toxic soups. Why are we unable to prevent them? This research studies the interaction between society and environment to find new solutions to prevent algal blooms. These solutions will help us to restore our lakes back to a healthy environment.

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Global Water Quality and Rivers

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Water systems are increasingly becoming polluted by for example plastics, nutrients, and chemicals. These global water quality issues should be tackled to ensure clean water for society and nature. In this research line we develop the multi-pollutant models for water pollution issues under global change. Those models are used to identify multi-pollutant hotspots, their causes, but also to explore strategies for over 10,000 rivers in the world. 

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Water Quality and Health

Source: Vicki Francis/Department for International Development

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