More about this thesis track
Water is an essential resource for humans and ecosystems. Due to ongoing human population growth, increasing use per capita and unequal spatial and temporal distribution of resources, human water demands frequently exceed the carrying capacity of aquatic ecosystems. As a result, over-exploitation of surface water and groundwater resources occurs, leading to shortages and making water a contested resource. Freshwater resources are further reduced by pollution. Water quality issues related to nutrients, pathogens, chemicals, plastics and other pollutants are a problem across the world. Too little water is a problem, but too much water can also be a major problem, with floods causing damage. These problems are exacerbated by global change, including climate change. Integrated approaches are required to study water systems and global change.
Our teaching is focused on solution-oriented science for sustainable water system management under global change. We analyse and assess the impacts of climate and socio-economic changes on water systems and propose and test adaptation and mitigation strategies. We also develop water and climate services. To this end, we use simulation models, earth system observations, scenario analyses and field studies and we invite students from different backgrounds, and skills and interests to take part in our courses and research.
Students following the master's programme Environmental Sciences can choose to do a thesis in a topic that is closely related to ongoing research projects within the Water Systems and Global Change group or focus on their own water issues. The ongoing research projects within the Water Systems and Global Change Group relevant for MUE are grouped in the following themes:
- Greenhouse gas emissions and land-use change
- Global water quality
- Water quality and health
- Water quality and lakes
- (Ground) water scarcity
- Water-food-energy nexus
- Climate services
- Adaptation pathways
- Nature-based solutions
- Climate smart agriculture
Students can learn more about the education and research programme related to this discipline by visiting the page of the Water Systems and Global Change group.