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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 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 4 MSc students with their thesis. Griffioen supervises six PhD students and three more will start in Spring 2022. Griffioen is PI of the NWO NWA-ORC project SAVE THE TIGER! SAVE THE GRASSLANDS! SAVE THE WATER! that started in september 2021.
The proposal Changing the fate of the Hindon river by evaluating the impact of agriculture on the water balance - Developing a template for a cleaner Ganga river got granted from the Merian Fund cooperation India program of the Dutch Research Council NWO. The project will start in Spring 2022. His expert opinion was consulted in contacts with four ministries: BZK, EZK, LNV and I&W. He was member of various advisory boards that dealt with environmental management of soil and water.