HYDRALAB+: Preparing European experimental research for the future

Published: 22 March 2018

Countries around the world are hard at work adapting to ongoing climate change. More extreme conditions, sea level rise and higher waves, but also higher river discharges, mean that innovative measures are needed to prevent flooding. Approaches that involve working with nature – 'nature-based solutions' – are promising.

European researchers gathered in Grenoble for a joint workshop beginning this year.

More knowledge is needed about the biological and ecological aspects of experimental research currently being conducted by Deltares and similar international institutes. The EU Horizon 2020 project, HYDRALAB+, has been established to act as a catalyst in this field.

HYDRALAB+ brings together 24 research institutes and universities, led by Deltares, to prepare experimental research and the related software models for the future: ‘How can we model climate change as well as possible in our research facilities?’ The research conducted under the auspices of HYDRALAB+ is intended, among other things, to reduce the uncertainties relating to ‘nature-based solutions’ so that authorities and investors dare to work more with these options. HYDRALAB+ is also encouraging the exchange and reuse of data between experiments, models and field research.

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