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In the course of 25 years I specialized into environmental geochemistry and hydrology. I apply my knowledge within the frameworks of sustainable management of the subsurface and integrated water resources management, which is also central in TNO’s task with respect to the Geological Survey of the Netherlands.
I am currently active in three research fields:
I perform and initiate research on the geo-scientific aspects of energy, where I pay attention to both the potential of sustainable energy options as aquifer thermal energy storage and the environmental risks of these energy options or fossil energy production. This is core business of TNO Energy. Preferably, I combine field characterization and assessment campaigns with modelling studies. The related projects are not only performed in the Netherlands but also in developing countries as Bangladesh, Uganda and Nepal. For the upcoming years, I aim to initiate research projects on the potential and risks of subsurface energy storage and geo-scientific characterization of the subsurface with respect to sustainable management.
In the past few years I supervised 8-9 PhD students. Three of them finished their project successfully in the last one-and-half year. I managed to bring in some changes in the curriculum of the MSc program Water Science & Management, due to which the scope of the program broadened to water quality and the integration between sustainability and water is more optimal. Moreover, I arranged TNO’s participation in the European Joint Program EURAD on management and subsurface disposal of radioactive waste. I also put quality control of geochemical data on the agenda and established new procedures for this. This runs parallel with the construction of the Dutch Key Register of the Subsurface (BRO). Finally, I initiated a new kind of ecohydrological research on disturbance of the tiger habitat at the foot of the Himalayas by water measures in this area and the upstream mountains.
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