Sr project leader urban water and soil management: expert on subsurface
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Linda Maring (MSc) is an expert in the field of subsurface, especially the link between the subsurface and spatial planning. How can the natural soil-water-sediment system contribute to societal issues in our living environment? What are the challenges and opportunities of the natural system in spatial (re)development?
Linda works on several Dutch and European projects supporting the development and implementation of soil regulation, involving the subsurface in land use planning, soil data and information, combinations of (under- and aboveground) functions, regarding the boundary conditions of e.g. climate change and regulation.
Linda is member of the Dutch Soil Platform, a partnership of research institutes and the national government, where knowledge demand and supply are tuned on the subject of subsurface. The DSP delivered in 2008 a research agenda and was in 2011 involved in the development of a national knowledge agenda for local / regional / national authorities on subsurface. Linda is since several years leading the organizing team of the Platform for Soil Management (www.platformbodembeheer.nl) which organizes approximately three times a year a meeting about different subjects on soil management.
|2008 –present||Deltares||senior project leader urban water and soil management|
|2001 - 2007||TNO||Project manager and advisor on soil management|
Collaborative support action “INSPIRATION’ on making a European agenda on land and the soil-water-sediment system. The aim of INSPIRATION is to adopt a funder and end-user demand-driven approach to establish and promote the adoption of the knowledge creation, transfer and implementation agenda for land use, land-use changes and soil management in the light of current and future societal challenges. Main objectives are: • Formulate, consult on and revise an end-user oriented strategic research agenda (SRA), • Scope out models of implementing the SRA, • Prepare a network of public and private funding institutions willing to commonly fund the execution of the SRA. INSPIRATION’s mission is to improve the supply and effectiveness of science/knowledge take-up by those who really need it. The proposed methodology is based on a multi-stakeholder, multi-national and interdisciplinary approach that covers the variety of stakeholders (public bodies, business, science, citizens and society) and the variety of relevant. The vehicle to engage with all relevant stakeholders across the Member States is a National Focal Point (NFP) in 16 countries. The NFP’s will organize workshops with national stakeholders of funders, end users and researchers across the various soil and land management disciplines. The results will be taken up, structured along four integrative themes and merging into thematic knowledge needs to satisfy the as yet unmet societal challenges and to ensure that knowledge contributes primarily to enable meeting these challenges. Based on these results a cross country and cross discipline dialogue will subsequently be organized among the relevant user communities, funding bodies and scientific communities in Europe in order to reach a trans-national, prioritized SRA as well as a model for execution of this SRA. Thus to achieve an SRA of which national funders believe that for any Euro they spend, they will get a multitude of Euro’s worth of knowledge in return. Knowledge welcomed to face their national, societal challenges.
The overall aim of the proposed project is to deliver a holistic approach that supports sustainable urban renewal through the redevelopment of contaminated land and underused sites (brownfields). In order to reach the overall aim, the specific project objectives focus on different parts of the holistic approach:
1. application and assessment of methods for design of urban renewal/land redevelopment strategies for brownfields that embrace the case-specific opportunities and challenges;
2. development of a method for sustainability assessment of alternative land redevelopment strategies to evaluate and compare the ecological, economic and social impacts of land use change and remedial technologies; and
3. development of a practice for redevelopment of contaminated land in rules and regulations to enable implementations.
The different parts will be integrated into a decision process framework to support urban renewal through the redevelopment of contaminated land and underused sites. The framework will have a strong focus on integrating urban planning and soil issues, such as remediation decisions and will facilitate proper accounting for the soil functions currently under-considered in land management.
HOMBRE “Holistic Management of Brownfield Regeneration”
Deltares is the coordinator of this project and Linda Maring (Deltares) is leader of work package “The Brownfield Navigator”. At the heart of HOMBRE is the ambition to create a paradigm shift to ‘Zero Brownfields’ where Brownfields become areas of opportunity that deliver useful services for society, instead of derelict areas that are considered useless. This ambition will be met by looking at how synergies between different types of services might leverage change where none was possible before. An intelligent and holistic suite of technologies, management measures and land use is the key that can unlock this potential. The HOMBRE shift in thinking relates not only to the redevelopment itself, but also to gaining better understanding in early recognition and prevention of land that might become a Brownfield in the future, and how to monitor this as part of the land use cycle. The “Brownfield Navigator” is being developed by HOMBRE to guide stakeholders showing synergies between services and the opportunities these create at the different stages in the land use cycle. The goal is to enable better communication between stakeholders about opportunities and inspire them to find better solutions with higher benefit. HOMBRE will illustrate what might be possible with a number of case studies where implementing suites of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ technologies, has facilitated cost-effective, timely, and sustainable Brownfield regeneration along with broader services to the environment, economy and society.
Design with subsurface: system exploration environment and soil
The Netherlands, 2010-2012
The System Exploration Environment & Subsurface (SEES) is a method which supports and registers the know-ledge exchange between experts of different fields. The method gives an overview of the urban system: it relates the "above ground" layers of people, cycles, buildings, public spaces and infrastructure to "subsurface qualities" divided in four themes: civil constructions, water, energy and soil. The method is related to the Japanese LEAN thinking, that by focussing on quality direct communication, and making and keeping clear appointments and therefore not on impossibilities, avoids mistakes. This System Exploration Environment & Subsurface enables smarter producing if it is performed in an early stage of a development process. The method was developed within a project with The Technical University Delft, Deltares, the municipality of Rotterdam, the ministry of the Environment and Infrastructure and SKB.
Dutch Knowledge agenda for soil and subsurface
The Netherlands, 2011
In 2011 a joint group of Dutch government bodies set up a Research Agenda for Soil and Subsurface (Kennisagenda Bodem en Ondergrond) with the support of the research organizations of Dutch Soil Platform (Deltares, RIVM, Alterra and KWR). This agenda summarizes the knowledge needed for the sustainable use of soil and subsurface in resolving societal issues. The agenda contains the setting for the next 25 years, and considers the trends, drivers and societal tasks that are decisive for the future use of the living environment. With these societal trends, drivers, and societal themes and tasks, a vision emerges for the use of the subsurface in 2040. For each societal theme, research questions were collected from existing research and policy programs. Furthermore, stakeholders on demand and supply side were interviewed, yielding knowledge requirements related to the subsurface for each theme separately. Linda Maring (Deltares) was one of the key-drafters of this agenda.
Buikpijndoessiers: meekoppelen is beter dan genezen.
GeraldJan Ellen, Marco Hoogvliet, Linda Maring (2014). In Watergovernance 01/2014 blz 48-50
Ontwerpen met de ondergrond
Hooimeijer, Fransje, Linda Maring (2013). S+RO 2013/6, blz 52-56
Transition in soil policy and associated knowledge development.
Otte PF, Maring L, de Cleen M, Boekhold S (2012) Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, (4)5:565-572
Veranderende beleidscontext voor de ondergrond, 2e kennisconferentie voor de diepe ondergrond verbreedt en verdiept.
Puts, Hanneke (TNO), Maring, Linda (Deltares), Bregman, Enno (Provincie Drenthe). In:Bodem. Nummer 2, 2012 Blz 32-34
|2006-present||leader organizing||committee Dutch Platform Soil Management www.platformbodembeheer.nl|
|2008-present||member||Dutch Soil Platform|
|2014 -present||exchange||1 day per week job exchange with Rijkswaterstaat Soil+|