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Help solve the world's water challenges

Understand the hydrological system and its societal impacts

How can we make sure there’s enough water available for everyone? Can we ensure water quality for agriculture, biodiversity and drinking water? And how can we minimise the impact of extreme flood events in dense urban areas? 

If you’re looking to dive deeper into the complex interactions between hydrological processes and their relationship with society, climate and vegetation, then this is the Master’s programme for you. 

You’ll come away with the skills, including fieldwork and modelling skills, to understand the processes. And you’ll develop solutions to address challenges of water quantity, quality and associated risks, such as floods and droughts.

Discover your Hydrology programme

Discover your Hydrology programme

You’ll look at the issues from an interdisciplinary perspective – balancing both hydrological processes and societal interactions. And of course you’ll be using real world examples. You’ll conduct your research at permanent hydrological field sites in Luxembourg, Kenya and Siberia. And, in your second year, you’ll be able to choose your own focus area by selecting elective courses.

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Farmer is spraying the land with water because of drought

Change your world, study Hydrology

  • Together with FloodTags and the World Bank, researchers at VU Amsterdam developed an algorithm for real-time detection and tracking of floods based on tweets.

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    Twitter data helps prevent flood damage and victims

  • Together with other partners, researchers of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam developed a new model to simulate tropical cyclone activity worldwide and their intensities in coastal areas and on small islands such as in the Caribbean.

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    New model to calculate risk from tropical cyclones