Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences (the Netherlands) aims to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Drought research at the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University focuses on addressing challenges related to climate, water and society. We aim to improve our understanding and ability to represent natural and human dimensions of climate and water resources in a changing global environment. We take a systems approach linking in-depth understanding of physical, chemical, biological and social processes across scales to help to preserve and restore environmental systems, to understand human-water relations, and to understand quantification and valuation of ecosystem and climate services and their supply to differentiated groups within society.
We therefore develop solutions for a more sustainable world with sufficient, clean, equitably distributed and climate-proof water resources for people, food production and natural ecosystems and limiting the impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biodiversity and improving air quality.