'How can we deal with our environment in a sustainable way?' The answer to this question is not easy to give. We are faced with all kinds of challenges related to a changing climate: how to build our houses and cities in a sustainable and climate proof way, how to ensure the safety of low lying areas like delta's, how to cope with greenhouse gasses. In order to effectively shape our environment to cope with these challenges, we have to know what we will be up against in the future. So modelling en predicting become very important. And the only way to build good models and feed them is to have information about the environment. So within DEnvI we are building the tools with which to sense or monitor our environment, we develop the models that use that data and visualise it in a way we can understand, which in turn help us decide what kind of actions to take. We bring these three aspects, sensing, modeling and shaping together in a coherent way in all kinds of multidisciplinary projects. The next couple of slides give a quick and by no means exhaustive impression of the kind/scale of work we do at TU Delft to give you some feeling for these steps, and the way they interact.
1. Jetski used to map shallow coastline areas. Two CiTG PhD’s developed the jetski and are now exploiting it through their own company Shore Monitoring: http://www.shoremonitoring.nl/ 2. Parsax: Because of its high resolution the PARSAX radar can observe tiny droplets in clouds, enabling researchers to look at the behavior of these droplets and their life span in clouds. 3. The first hydrological satellite, SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity), will map out the earth's soil moisture levels, which will enable scientists to anticipate floods earlier and to improve weather forecasts. TU Delft is also actively involved in other satellite programs, like GRACE ( Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) en GOCE ( Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) (mapping gravity and ocean level), both in the production of actual systems and in the processing of the data. 4. Galatea-project Searching underwater for cyanobacteria, terrorists, and mines is all in a day’s work for a robot ray developed by a team of aerospace engineering students. It’s a nature-inspired underwater sensor platform. In the belly of this robotic beast are various sensors that can be used for a variety of different purposes, such as searching underwater for mines. For robot ray’s propulsion, the designers decided to forego the standard propeller-driven solution; instead, robot ray moves through the water by slowly undulating the sides of its body, which is how a real ray swims. Filmpje: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUKAg28pTWg
3D Modelling of the underground: for oil drilling, geothermal, building underground constructions etc Modelling of flows of air, fluids. More 3D earth 3D modelling of clouds: climate research, clouds are X-factor in climate change: We simply do not know how clouds react to climate change and, vice versa, how climate is influenced by clouds. But that influence could be considerable.
Shaping our urban environment: what makes a house, a district or a city sustainable and climate proof? It is vital for the future that we design and use our urban areas in economically and environmentally sound ways. green facades and green roofs, what impact do they really have on the urban heat island effect, pollution, water resilience, wind and sound, etc. TU Delft is investigating Shaping the environment also requires decision making at all kinds of political levels, with all kinds of different agents involved. DEnvI also studie these types of processes, together with ethics of technology Building with Nature 'Building with Nature' is the name of a programme aimed at building up a body of scientifically based knowledge, expertise, resources and design concepts for the sustainable management of coastal, delta and riverine regions. The design approach takes the ecosystem as its starting point and makes use of natural processes without ignoring infrastructural and economic considerations.
One of the first real substantial DEnvI succeses: TU Delft participation in the European Climate-KIC: This KIC seeks to identify the consequences of climate change, and principally to discover how they might be combated or avoided. TU Delft focusses on several research topics within this KIC, such as adapting the urban environment to cope with climate change, electric vehicles, CO2 storage and biofuels. Budgets are in the order of several hundreds of millions of euro’s. Within DEnvI the requires multidisciplinary cooperation was found for putting forward our own angles/proposals.
This project aims to make TU Delft campus a showcase for multidisciplinary environmental research. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities or urban areas. Therefore, research on climate change needs to focus more on the role of urban environment. It does not require much explanation that the TU Delft campus can be an excellent test case for the problems of urban environment that are studied here at TU Delft. We want to develop multidisciplinary student projects that use the TU Delft campus and the diversity of its surroundings as a laboratory for environmental research. The aim of Climate City Campus is to bring together students from different disciplines to work on themes as environmental monitoring, modeling and visualization techniques and climate proof solutions.
DEnvI 2.0 plus tekst
Delft Environment Initiative <ul><li>Sensing the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Shaping the environment </li></ul>
Organisation dr.ir. Marjolein Spaans Urban development prof.dr.ir. Herman Russchenberg Remote Sensing of Environment prof.dr.ir. Luuk van der Wielen Biotechnology prof.dr.ir. Marcel Stive Civil engineering dr. Hans Geerlings Chair Taskforce CCS TU Delft prof.dr.ir. Nick van de Giesen Water management / Chair DRI Environment