Goals of the Boussinesq Center

  • Setting up a River Basin Data and Modelling Centre (RBDMC) for strategically selected large river basins, with an emhasis on the Eurasian continent. Research questions within the research topic Hydrology and Climate can be efficiently tackled if the Dutch hydrological research community has easy access to databases of atmospheric forcing (past, present and future), land surface and subsurface characteristics (topography, oils, geology, land use) and hydrometeorological time series (precipitation, streamflow, groundwater levels, soil moisture, evaporation) for large river basins in different climatic settings.
  • Identifying and cataloguing field sites inside and outside The Netherlands in which Dutch hydrological research groups are active. The Centre will mediate and promote joined use of these facilities. Examples of such sites are Hupselse Beek (WUR), De Noor (WUR), Langbroekerwetering (UU), Cabauw (WUR, UU) inside The Netherlands and Huelerbach in Luxembourg (TUD, UU, WUR), Moxa Geodynamics Observatory in the Silberleite Catchment in Germany (WUR), Bueche in France (UU) and the Ob catchment near Tomsk in Russia (UU).
  • Identifying and cataloguing hydrological research laboratory facilities in The Netherlands and mediating the joint use of these facilities for supporting hydrological research programmes. Examples of such laboratory facilities are the advanced soil physics laboratories at WUR/Alterra, the surface and subsurface flow laboratories at TUD, UU and WUR and the chemistry laboratories at UU, VU.
  • Developing a Virtual Hydrological Laboratory (VHL) based on existing field sites. This VHL is a numerical simulator based on state-of-the-art understanding of flow and transport processes and fully coupled with ecological and atmospheric states and fluxes.
  • Organising advanced courses (Master Classes) on topics related to the research priority fields. These Master Classes will be open for PhD students of the participating research groups.
  • Organising international prestigious lectures. Leading hydrological scientists will be invited to deliver the yearly Boussinesq Lecture, addressing important hydrological themes of relevance to the Center’s research programme.
  • Facilitating easy access from related disciplines, such as mathematics, meteorology, ecology and biology.