The two chair groups “Multidisciplinary Water Management” and “Marine and Fluvial Systems” are part of the Twente Water Centre. Our mission is to do research and provide education in the areas of water systems and management. The aim is to increase our understanding of the natural processes in water systems and the socio-economic processes that affect these systems, and to develop tools that can effectively be used to support the management of rivers, river basins, seas and coastal zones.
In our view, water-related problems such as flooding, water scarcity, pollution and ecological deterioration can only be solved through a multi-disciplinary approach, which involves both knowledge of engineering and expertise from the natural, social and policy sciences.
- Marine and Fluvial Systems: prof.dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher, prof.dr. Kathelijne M. Wijnberg
- Multidisciplinary Water Management: prof.dr. Markus Berger
Freshwater is essential to sustain life, economic development and the environment but it is also a vulnerable resource whose availability and quality varies strongly around the globe. We need to understand the natural and socio-economic processes that affect water resources and develop solutions for water scarcity, flooding and pollution.
Our group develops and applies holistic approaches which promote sustainable and resilient management of water systems. Particularly we study the dynamics of supply and demand of water resources in interaction with climate, land use, energy transition and agricultural management as well as production, trade and consumption.
The methods we use include water footprint and life cycle assessment, hydrological modelling and integrated assessment.We understand water related grand challenges as a shared responsibility, so we engage different stakeholders and sectors to develop both science-based and actionable solutions. To support decision-making, we provide data, models and tools and share our knowledge in academic teaching and science dissemination.