SELECTED RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Economic assessment of climate change adaptation: a toolbox and a library
IVM researchers participated in the EU funded project ECONADAPT that came to a close in September 2016 after three years of research on the economics of adaptation. The main impetus of the project was to support adaptation planning through building a knowledge base on the economics of adaptation to climate change and converting this into practical information for decision makers. As an output of the project, the ECONADAPT Toolbox and the ECONADAPT Library are available for use by the public and interested stakeholders.
Amsterdam Water Science highlights presented at Water and Climate Conference
The scientific results of four research projects initiated by Amsterdam Water Science (AWS) were presented at the NKWK Conference on Water and Climate, which took place on 11 April 2017 in the ‘Beurs van Berlage’ in Amsterdam. The aim of the conference was to strengthen the links between science, policy and the private sector and to encourage collaborative projects. The conference was hosted by the Dutch National Knowledge and Innovation Programme for Water and Climate (NKWK) and was co-organised by AWS, a research collaboration between VU Amsterdam and the UvA focusing on water sciences in the Netherlands. One of the AWS projects on which results were presented is ‘Extreme weather and chain effects’, led by IVM researchers Hans de Moel and Elco Koks.
Collaboration with climate change researchers in Chile
IVM’s James Patterson recently conducted a research visit to Santiago, Chile to collaborate with researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Universidad de Chile and CR2: Centre for Climate Change and Resilience (a national climate change research network). The purpose of the visit was to jointly organise an agenda-setting workshop on ‘The Human Dimensions of Climate Change Research in Chile: emerging questions for an interdisciplinary research agenda’. Findings of the workshop are currently being written up into a social science research agenda for climate change in Chile. While visiting, James also met with several MSc students conducting thesis research projects, and discussed methods and shared ideas, and gave a guest lecture in a course on water governance and politics at the Universidad de Chile. He also conducted fieldwork interviews, and met with senior officials from the Department of Climate Change in the National Ministry of Environment.
Honours course students present proposals for a sustainable university
The first edition of the new honours course ‘Desigining Innovations for Sustainability’ has been successfully concluded. Bachelor students with various backgrounds presented their proposals for a ‘greener’ university on four themes (energy, water, food and waste) on 23 March. Their suggestions range from the introduction of wind turbines, solar panels and green roofs on the VU campus to serving coffee with soy milk in compostable coffee cups. All plans have been thoroughly analysed on effectiveness, cost and feasibility. The organisations responsible for the management of the four themes on the campus will now consider the possible implementation of the proposals in more detail. The honours course is an initiative of IVM together with the VU’s Green Office.