Newsletter Amsterdam Water Science
Wednesday, 31 January 2018



Ted Veldkamp attains PhD degree with distinction

Ted Veldkamp investigated both the human and climate impacts on water scarcity worldwide. In her thesis ‘Water scarcity at the global and regional scales’, she argues for an integrated approach that takes into account the effects of measures on the entire catchment area.


Marine zooplankton highlighted on symposium Biodiversity in the Open Ocean

On the occasion of the PhD defence of Alice Burridge, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the University of Amsterdam organised a one-day symposium bringing together a broad range of oceanographic disciplines working on marine zooplankton.


Wouter Botzen holds inaugural address

On 15 December, Wouter Botzen held his inaugural address on the economy of climate change and natural disasters, thereby officially accepting his appointment as professor. Botzen argues that interdisciplinary approach can lead to better assessments of these economic risks




UvA and VU researchers on NICO ocean expedition

How can we gain a better grasp of the opportunities and threats for the changing seas? In the months ahead, researchers and students from both the UvA and VU will join the national multidisciplinary expedition Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans (NICO) to better equip the Netherlands in this regard.


Global Flood Monitor now online

Floods are usually detected and monitored by using hydrological models or satellite imagery. A new tool now provides an additional indication for the development of floods using data from Twitter. The tool will support help organisations to respond quicker to calamities as they occur.


Sponges and the cycling of food on Caribbean coral reefs

Marine ecologist Jasper de Goeij (UvA-IBED) received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant  last year for his proposal 'Sponge engine’. De Goeij and his newly formed group are now on their first field trip to the Carmabi Research Station on Curaçao to investigate the role of sponges in the cycling of food on Caribbean coral reefs.




IVN lecture on climate change by Kenneth Rijsdijk

On 6 February IVN organises a lecture in Wilnis on 'Climate change and our local environment'. What do we notice of global trends on the local scale? Speaker is Kenneth Rijsdijk, lecturer at IBED-UvA en researcher on the impact of humans on vulnerable natural environments.


SENSE Workshop on Water Scarcity and Migration

On 6 December, Research School SENSE, together with IVM-VU and Amsterdam Water Science, organised a Workshop on Migration in the context of Water Scarcity. The workshop was the second in a series and  presentations were live-streamed to all members of the SENSE network in Europe.


EQA - Green Scholar Game launched

Questions in EQA, 'the Green Scholar Game', are related to environmental issues, paying special attention to water, climate, economy and ecosystems.  EQA promotes environmental education and increases scientific collaboration in a creative and innovative manner, engaging both students and researchers.




Sowing corals for reef restoration

The troubling loss of coral reefs worldwide has prompted scientists and conservationists to assist the reefs’ recovery through active restoration approaches. A new innovation to sow coral larvae onto degraded reefs has the potential for effective large-scale reef restoration and minimise costly and time-consuming approaches. 


Adaptation to sea level rise in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Environmental scientist Paolo Scussolini (IVM-VU) and colleagues present a multidisciplinary analysis of adaptation to sea level rise in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Using different scenarios of climate and socio-economic change, they show that investing in adaptation will likely generate high returns on investment.


Microbial communities and oxic-anoxic regime shifts

In a study published in Nature Communications, Jef Huisman, Gerard Muyzer, and Muhe Diao and colleagues assess the role of microbial communities in environmental regime shifts. A better knowledge and prediction of oxic-anoxic regime shifts is important to mitigate the effects of continued eutrophication and global warming.