AWS Pilot Projects

AWS recently funded a number of 7 pilot projects in which students, researchers and stakeholders are actively involved and work together.

1. Accelerating peat meadow restoration and climate resilience through sustainable business development and integrated urban-rural systems

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.

ContactPieter van Beukering and Danielle de Nie
AWS Institutions: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: Province Noord-Holland; Municipality of Amsterdam (and Landsmeer, Zaandam, De Ronde Venen, Wijdemeren, Stichtse Vecht), Amsterdam Economic Board, Co-founders (social entrepreneurs), Waterboards: HHNK and Amstel, Gooi- en Vechtstreek, ANV Water, Land & Dijken, ANV De Amstel, ANV Vechtvallei, Natuurmonumenten, Staatsbosbeheer, Landschap Noord Holland, Vogelbescherming, Farmers, tourism industry & other private entrepreneurs
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: An economic perspective on peatland restoration
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science and Commonland (co-funding)

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.

ContactKo van Huissteden
AWS Institutions: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: Natuurmonumenten, Landschap Noord Holland, Deltares, Wetlands International
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: Quantification of GHG from wetlands restoration
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science

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.

ContactHans de Moel
AWS Institutions: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: Municipality of Amsterdam, Waternet and Amsterdam Harbor Authoritiy
Research team: Students, Elco Koks, Iris Manola, Rob Koeze and Camiel van Drimmelen.
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: Water and climate risk
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science

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).

ContactMichaela Hordijk
AWS Institutions: University of Amsterdam (AISSR/GPIO) and Vrije Universiteit (IVM)
AWS Stakeholders: Waternet; Water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht; KWR
Research Team: Students, Wiegert Dulfer – Waterschap Amstel Gooi en Vecht, Maarten Claassen – Waternet, Stijn Brouwer & Andrew Segrave – KWR, Michaela Hordijk, Joyeeta Gupta, Jochem de Vries & Mendel Giezen – UvA, Dave Huitema & Nicoline van der Grijp – VU
Running period: 2016 to 2017

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.

ContactHarm van der Geest
AWS Institutions: University of Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: M.A. de Lucas Pardo, Ellis Penning (Delft), R. Noordhuis (Utrecht) - Deltares, M. van den Berg, C. Schmidt - Rijkswaterstaat, R. Bijkerk - Koeman & Bijkerk BV
Research Team: Harm van der Geest, Arie Vonk, Jolanda Verspagen and student Bregje Brinkmann
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: Benthic ecology
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science

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.
Contact: Petra Visser
AWS Institutions: University of Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: Waternet/AGV, Gemeente Amsterdam, Bureau Waardenburg
Research team: Petra Visser, Jasper Stroom, Jolanda Verspagen, Maayke Stomp, Jef Huisman, Arie Vonk, Harm van der Geest
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: Applications in water management
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science

7. SIMONA: Smart Integrated Monitoring based on Affinity Innovative sampling for  monitoring water quality: passive sampler sorbents

Objectives:Reliable determination of occurrence, availability and impact of polar organic compounds in aquatic ecosystems using new sampling techniques.
ContactPim de Voogt
AWS Institutions: University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
AWS Stakeholders: Waternet, KWR, RWS
Research team: Milo de Baat (UvA), Patrick Bauerlein (KWR), Ron van der Oost (Waternet), Michiel Kraak (UvA), John Parsons (UvA), Pim de Voogt (UvA), Dorien ten Hulscher (RWS), Pim Leonards (VU) and Roel van der Schoot (UvA)
Running period: 2016 to 2017
Theme: Integrated monitoring for water quality
Funding: Amsterdam Water Science

Published by  IBED Water

16 March 2017