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The DANUBIUS-NL consortium (see below) is developing contributions to three DANUBIUS-RI components:

The Large Scale Research Infrastructure Δ-ENIGMA will serve as a basis for the Dutch contribution to DANUBIUS-RI.  


Supersite: the Dutch Delta

The Dutch Delta is one of the best studied deltas in the world, hosting world-class research institutes. The delta has experienced a 1000-year long history of land reclamation and engineering, resulting in a near-completely cultivated, densely populated, highly industrialized, and intensively managed delta, that currently suffers from land subsidence and shortage of sediment and has become highly sensitive to flooding.


The Dutch Delta Supersite will offer access to a combination of a unique delta-wide network for long-term field observation and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor experimental facilities, which can be enriched with numerical model simulations.


Modelling Node

DANUBIUS-NL aims to contribute high end modeling facilities to the Italian-led Modelling Node. This Node aims to provide: common models for representing and analysis of river-sea systems; a laboratory for researchers; a common basis of regional and local studies (Supersites); the basis for socio-economic evaluations with stakeholders.


Impact Node

The Impact Node will facilitate knowledge development at the interface between natural and social sciences. It develops methodologies and tools to solve management problems in highly complex and dynamic river-sea systems, and transfers scientific output and practical tools to users, including those in the Dutch Delta.



DANUBIUS-NL is included in the 2021 NWO national roadmap. https://onderzoeksfaciliteiten.nl/news-and-events/3962


Under the lead of University Utrecht, DANUBIUS-NL submitted 17th of February 2022 a proposal to the NWO call for proposals for Large Scale Research Infrastructure (LSRI).  https://www.nwo.nl/en/calls/large-scale-research-infrastructure-lsri-national-roadmap-consortia-2021


The proposal is entitled “Δ-ENIGMA: The Dutch Delta on the Intensive Care monitor”. The proposal in 100 words:


Deltas and coastal plains are attractive places to live: fertile, flat, open to the sea. These lowlands are, however, also vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. To better predict how deltas will develop in the future we need a thorough understanding of how organisms, currents, waves, water and sediment together shape the delta landscape. This so-called biogeomorphology lies at the heart of Δ-ENIGMA. The program provides measurement infrastructure for intensive observational and experimental research of the Dutch Delta. This will improve our ability to predict future development of our delta in times of climate change, to ensure safe and sustainable living for the generations to come.”



Δ-ENIGMA forms a crucial element in the DANUBIUS-NL strategy to strengthen data-driven science in the field of water management, and it will bring the Netherlands globally in a forefront position regarding research infrastructure for studying biogeomorphological processes in engineered deltas.



The DANUBIUS-NL consortium engages scientists from key-research institutes, nearly all of them organized in the Netherlands' Centres for River Studies (NCR) and Coastal Research (NCK):

Utrecht University

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Delft University

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Wageningen University

and Research

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University of Twente

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Radboud University


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Erasmus University


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IHE Delft

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NCR and NCK endorse DANUBIUS-NL.


Netherlands Centre for

River studies

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Netherlands Centre for

Coastal Research

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For more information on how DANUBIUS-NL embeds in DANUBIUS-RI please contact:
Jos Brils
Email: jos.brils@deltares.nl


For more information on Δ-ENIGMA  please contact:
Prof Dr Hans Middelkoop
Utrecht University

Email: h.middelkoop@uu.nl