The Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR) is one of the six research centres of the Faculty of Science at Radboud University Nijmegen. IWWR focuses on the natural environment and in particular on aquatic ecosystems. Many of these systems have been subject to radical changes as a result of both human and climatic influences. Aside from flooding and water shortages, problems related to water quality play an important role. IWWR studies the impact of these changes on wetlands as well as their underlying processes. As part of this approach, the institute is producing a general overview of the micro-organisms, plants and animals, and is also looking at different scale levels of genes, cells, organisms and population in the ecosystem as a whole. New and innovative applications for current water-related issues are being developed on the basis of existing and newly developed fundamental knowledge of molecular, physiological and ecological processes. This strong bond between pure and applied scientific research distinguishes the IWWR from other national and international institutes that are active in its field.
IWWR and RichWaterWorld
The IWWR believes RichWaterWorld is an excellent opportunity to compile its expertise in the field of biogeochemistry, ecological water purification and ecological recovery within the framework of one project. RichWaterWorld offers IWWR the chance to apply the whole body of its knowledge in one area. The IWWR aims to develop a hydrologically dynamic landscape, combined with the opportunities for nutrient recovery and energy production. All these ambitions in turn create new job opportunities. The IWWR is convinced that the creation of such a landscape will function as a leading example to comparable landscapes elsewhere in the world and will also generate new opportunities for future research.
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