Water and Climate Risk

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The department of Water and Climate Risk (WCR) is a dynamic group of more than 45 faculty members including international researchers and PhD Candidates. WCR focuses on three themes: (1) Climate Change and Extremes, (2) Flood, Drought and Multi Risk Assessment, and (3) Risk Management and Adaptation. Our mission is to study hydrological and climate processes, and understand how these processes lead to risks and opportunities for society, the economy, and the environment. Our interdisciplinary approach combines expertise from natural sciences with knowledge from the fields of economics, computational science, social sciences, and geography. WCR received the highest possible scientific scores from the 5-yearly national SENSE evaluation. Key research partners in the Netherlands are KNMI, PBL and Deltares. 

In our research, we use simulation models and advanced data analyses to assess risks on local to global scales, in both the global north and south. We give special attention to feedbacks between different compounding hazards and to the interaction of the physical water-climate system and society. The availability of massive datasets and quantitative methods like machine learning enable us to assess extreme events and their impacts. A unique aspect of our work is that we blend these quantitative methods with qualitative and participatory approaches to assess vulnerability and risk and to co-develop solutions with stakeholders.