Global Hydrology


We launched the NGS World Water Map at the UN 2023 Water Conference

During the UN 2023 Water Week, National Geographic Society, ESRI and Utrecht University launched the World Water Map. The World Water Map provides information on water demand and water shortages by sector worldwide. It combines scientific data with the power of storytelling to create awareness of global water issues, further water literacy among the general…

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First dissimination on the ERC AdG project GEOWAT

GEOWAT – A Global Assessment of the Limits of Groundwater Use PROJECT SUMMARY Inspired by decades of excessive groundwater pumping and aquifer depletion, GEOWAT will answer the question: How much groundwater is there and how longwill it last? GEOWAT will use unique global modelling tools and case studies to assess the global volume of physically…

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PCR-GLOBWB 2 in a new Greenpeace study

This is how we like it: use of PCR-GLOBWB 2 by another institute (Institute of Environmental Sciences CML, Leiden University)  in a climate and environmental impact study for a third party.

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Marc Bierkens receives an ERC Advanced Grant to work on global groundwater

We are glad to announce that Marc Bierkens received an ERC Advanced Grant. With this 2.5 million grant we will expand our team with 4 PhDs and 2 Postdocs (+ some number crunching equipement) to work on the Global Limits of Groundwater Use. See also the News Item on the Utrecht University website.

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Our people’s work is presented @EGU2021

Our people’s work is presented @EGU2021 Tuesday April 27 EGU21-2624 | vPICO presentations | HS2.4.4 | Highlight The potential of data driven approaches for quantifying hydrological extremes Sandra Margrit Hauswirth, Marc Bierkens, Vincent Beijk, and Niko Wanders Tue, 27 Apr, 09:15–09:17   EGU21-101 | vPICO presentations | HS2.1.2 | Highlight Projecting conflict risk following the Shared Socioeconomic pathways: what role for water…

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PCR-GLOBWB used to assess transpiration-rainfall cascades in the Amazon basin

The transpiration and subsequent downwind precipiation in the Amazon basin is important in buffering droughts. Scientists from Utrecht University (among which Joyce Bosmans) and Wageningen University published these findings in Nature Climate Change. Instrumental to their analysis was the use of PCR-GLOBWB to model terrestrial evaporation.

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