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Prof. Dr. Jasper Griffioen is active in the research field of environmental geochemistry and hydrology. He applies his knowledge within the frameworks of sustainable management of the subsurface and integrated water resources management, which is also central in TNO’s task of the Geological Survey of the Netherlands. He is active in three research fields:
Traditionally, he studied soil and groundwater contamination from agricultural and urban activities. This was broadened with research on the impacts of geo-energy related activities, where he addresses both the potential of green technologies (aquifer thermal energy storage, hydrogen storage, and also enhanced olivine weathering) and the environmental risks of either these technologies or traditional ones (natural gas production). Further, he started research on the geochemical control on clay deformation, which is a research theme on the rise. Preferably, he combines field characterization and assessment campaigns with modelling studies. The research projects are not only performed in the Netherlands but also in developing countries as Bangladesh, Uganda and Nepal.
Griffioen spends a substantial part of his time at UU to teaching. He coordinated the new course Water Quality Management for the MSc program Water Science & Management. He also co-taught the course Integrated Water and Soil Management in the bachelor program Global Sustainability Science. Further, he supervised 8 MSc students with their thesis and 2 MSc students with their Tailor Made Course. Two PhD students supervised by Griffioen successfully defended their thesis in 2020 and Griffioen supervises four more PhD students, one of them started in Octobre 2020.
Griffioen submitted as PI a proposal to the NWO NWA-ORC program in January 2020, that got granted in November 2020: SAVE THE TIGER! SAVE THE GRASSLANDS! SAVE THE WATER! Another proposal in which he was involved was rejected and will be re-submitted in the new NWA round. He was also involved in a third proposal submitted in November 2020 for the NWO Cooperation India – Netherlands program. His expert opinion was consulted in contacts with four ministries: BZK, EZK, LNV and I&W. Finally, he served as an expert in a review group for the Netherlands Commission of Environmental Assessment.