There is no doubt that the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are changing our living environment. Climate change is in our hands. We need to both work on limiting it as much as we can (mitigation), but we will also have to learn to adapt to new circumstances. TU Delft will harness its innovative powers to support the world-wide transition to non-fossil resources, and adaptation of the living environment to the consequences of global warming.
The problem is complex and urgent – but we have no other choice than to be optimistic and use all of our capacity to face the challenge, through our education programs and our research.
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In the Climate Action research programme, we start from four themes we consider to be paramount for future Climate Action:
The TU Delft vision on Climate Action is deeply founded in preceding decades of university wide climate action research. The goal of the Climate action research programme is to build on current strengths and identify the areas where there is a need to strengthen our capacities to keep up our (inter)national reputation as climate action university.
Pro Vice Rector Climate Action
‘There is always a reason not to act. Let’s do something about this. Time is running out’
Climate Action Stories
Climate Action News
08 November 2016
Future coastal sea level rise
If mid-century temperatures reach 2°C, global coastlines could rise by approximately 20 centimetres, but, due to global imbalances in ocean levels, 90% of coastal areas could experience even higher coastlines. And if temperatures rise by 5°C by 2100, as predicted by climate scenario RCP 8.5, coastlines could increase an average of 90 centimetres. Furthermore, an average of 80% of coastlines would have the potential to rise above 1.8 meters. An international team of researchers, among them Riccardo Riva of TU Delft, have published these findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on November 7th.
01 November 2016
Ruisdael Observatory: TU Delft wants to understand the future of our atmosphere
On October 31st, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) launched their agenda for major research facilities to help our nation to keep pushing back the boundaries of science. One of the proposed facilities is the Ruisdael Observatory, an atmospheric monitoring observatory covering the entire country. Named after the seventeenth-century painter Jacob Ruisdael, famous for his cloudscapes, this project will keep the Netherlands at the cutting edge of atmospheric science.
24 October 2016
Unravelling the secrets of rising sea levels in the North Sea
In collaboration with other parties, researchers from TU Delft have succeeded in precisely modelling rises in sea level in the North Sea for recent decades. In their view, the consequences of climate change during this period are already visible in the North Sea. The researchers published a paper about this in Geophysical Research Letters on Monday 24 October.
23 September 2016
Climate change intensifies night-time storms over Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria in East Africa will become a hotspot for hazardous thunderstorms due to climate change. This is shown by an international study published in Nature Communications on the 23rd of September. Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft) analysed the differences between storms during the day (which occur mainly over land) and during the night (occur mainly over the lake).
13 July 2016
Ruisdael Observatory: Understanding the future of our atmosphere
Climate Action Stories
Climate Action News
23 May 2023
Field lab ‘WaterStraat’ on TU Delft Campus celebrates five years of innovation
The recent news is abundantly clear: severe weather, yellow code alerts, and water damage in large parts of the country. Due to climate change, we can expect more heat and drought, but also more rainfall in a short period of time.
22 May 2023
TU Delft monitors biodiversity for green TU Delft Campus
Monday, May 22 2023, during Biodiversity Day, TU Delft is launching a collaboration with Waarneming.nl to make the TU Delft Campus more green and vibrant. René Hoonhout and Tim Tabak from EcoCampus gave tours to students and staff to discover and capture plants, animals and organisms on campus. Monitoring the biodiversity is an important part of the sustainability ambition of the TU Delft to be carbon neutral, climate-adaptive and circular by 2030 with a focus on improving biodiversity and quality of life. René Hoonhout: "We are moving towards a nature-inclusive way of management. By making observations, we can measure whether this contributes the improvement of biodiversity."
15 May 2023
Seed fund grants for 9 TU Delft climate scientists
For the first half year of 2023, the TU Delft Climate Action Programme has granted 9 applications for the Seed Fund. The researchers come from the faculties CEG, TPM and 3ME.
10 May 2023
Extreme Weather Phenomena: PHARA's 3D Radar Aims to Better Understand Them
01 May 2023
Royal Honours for Herman Russchenberg
Herman Russchenberg, Professor of Geoscience and Remote Sensing at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) and TU Delft Pro Vice Rector for Climate Action, was made an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau in Leiden.