GROW: GROundWater sustainability and crop production

Research introduction

Groundwater is the largest freshwater resource on earth and critical for humans and the environment. Especially irrigated agriculture is highly dependent on groundwater.

Research challenges

In this project we will study the current and future trade-offs between groundwater needed for crop production and the environment and will quantify how much groundwater is sustainably available globally. We will explore possible adaptation towards sustainable groundwater use worldwide while maintaining sufficient crop production.

This project is funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant, awarded to dr. ir Inge de Graaf in 2022. Two PhD and two postdoc projects will be part of this project.