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The Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR)

NCRThe Netherlands Centre for River Studies (NCR) is a co-operation of the major developers and users of expertise in the area of rivers in the Netherlands.

The NCR partners are Delft University of Technology (TUD), Utrecht University (UU), University of Nijmegen (KUN), University of Twente (UT), Wageningen University (WU), Unesco-IHE Institute for Water education, RIZA (Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water treatment), ALTERRA (Dutch centre of expertise on rural areas), Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience (TNO-NITG) and WL | Delft Hydraulics.

NCR has two key functions:

  • network or platform function: this function is reflected in the organisation of meetings at which expertise and experience are exchanged; other parties are very welcome to attend; examples are the yearly NCR-days and the different workshops NCR organises;
  • research-orientated and educational co-operation based on a joint research program.

NCR focuses on

(i) topics requiring compilation of the participating parties’ expertise and/or resulting in synergy, and
(ii) topics necessitating co-ordination of mono-disciplinary research on account of problems relating to management and planning.

Disciplines of importance for NCR are hydrology (of the river basin), fluvial hydraulics, geomorphology, sedimentology, river ecology, social sciences and spatial planning. A very important NCR task is the building of a strong international image through international research co-operation. NCR was invited in 1999 to lead the EU sponsored (INTERREG-IIC) IRMA-SPONGE research program, focused on Flood Risk management, including improving Flood prediction. Most NCR partners participated in this program together with some 25 other research groups/institutes from Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Switzerland.

Further information about NCR can be found at: http://www.ncr-web.org/

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