Climate change massively impacts humans and nature. We read about it in the media or experience it ourselves every single day. Extreme heatwaves, long droughts that lead to wildfires and failed crops, downpours that cause floods, rising sea levels that threaten coastal areas, and biodiversity loss as animals and plants no longer able to live in their old habitats – all these phenomena have become more frequent and more intense over the past few decades.
Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK), one of the six Graduate Schools of Wageningen University & Research, studies changes in our natural environment, their consequences for life on Earth, and how we can adapt to mitigate harmful effects.
In doing so, WIMEK researchers focus on three major societal challenges: climate action, managing our future biosphere, and developing circular systems. They do this through innovative and multidisciplinary research, looking beyond the borders of the Netherlands. The research is broad and diverse: from determining the exact risks of microplastics to contributing to policy-making at the highest political levels.
With their research addressing these three Grand Challenges, Wageningen researchers help develop solutions to the social and scientific issues facing us today due to the changing natural living environment.
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