Water and Climate

Water and Climate

Water is essential for life on earth and vitally important for society. It also plays an important role in the climate. The natural cycle from ocean to atmosphere, back to earth via precipitation and via rivers to the oceans, exerts a crucial influence on regional and global climate patterns.

The Netherlands enjoys an international status as a centre of expertise in the areas of water management, water safety, water technology, maritime research and shipbuilding. Dutch researchers are also carrying out important research in the fields of wastewater purification, climate models and delta technology.

Within the NWO theme Water and Climate, research is being done into areas such as the fundamental principles underlying extreme weather, flood security, fresh water supply, changing ecosystems and climate predictability.

Programmes within this theme