AWS Pilot Projects
One of the core objectives of AWS is to carry out collaborative projects with stakeholders from the public and private sector. AWS does this by funding short-term pilot projects in which research and education are integrated at all levels. Students, researchers and stakeholders work together, stimulating innovative approaches to real-life questions. Several of these projects have served as starting points for long term collaborations.
1. Accelerating peat meadow restoration
Objectives:The long term goals of the peat meadow restoration project is to restore ecological functions of the Amsterdam peat meadow landscape, whilst increasing the financial value that is created in the landscape with a land use model that is adapted to the carrying capacity of the landscape.
2. Greenhouse gas balance of contrasting wetland restoration strategies
Objectives:Through this project the researchers aim to collect more and better data on the effect of wetland restoration strategies and changes in agricultural land management on the greenhouse gas budget. The project builds on intensive participation of BSc and MSc students. Contacts between the students and these stakeholders will be strongly stimulated and students will present their results during workshops and symposia which are organised within the framework of the New Delta project, for which stakeholder meetings are foreseen. The collected data will be used in modelling exercises to contribute to a better understanding of the GHG budgets of restored wetlands.
3. Extreme weather and chain effects
Objectives:This project aims to study the potential impacts of climate change, floods and extreme precipitation for the Amsterdam (port) area. This project will build on already existing projects at the VU. Their main topic is on extreme precipitation and flooding: 'future weather' where extreme rainfall for the Amsterdam region are modelled in the future by looking at the effects of these storms and how certain measures (such as the one currently being taken) affect this risk.
4. Living lab governance system
Objectives:The objective of research is the need for knowledge and the contours of the knowledge for the benefit of administrative and social innovations in the field of water in the circular economy of Amsterdam. The Living Lab is set up in a form of action research in which students and teachers of the universities work closely with the initiators of Waternet and KWR, and a facilitator (private party).
5. Particle algae interaction in lake Marken
Objectives: The aim of this project is to define the role of microalgae on sediment dynamics in Lake Marken and the influence of aggregation and sedimentation on productivity of the lake.
6. Can quagga mussel restrain the cyanobacterial bloom?
Objectives:This research projects will deal with analysis on the stomach contents of quagga mussels from Sloterplas to find out what their main food is and to study the tissue of the mussels to determine possible accumulation of cyanotoxins. Incubation experiments are also foreseen together with enclosures in the Sloterplas to determine the growth of algae and filtering capacity of the mussels. In this way, the carrying capacity of the system can be calculated.
7.Smart Integrated Monitoring based on Affinity Innovative sampling for monitoring water quality (Simona)
Objectives:Reliable determination of occurrence, availability and impact of polar organic compounds in aquatic ecosystems using new sampling techniques.