ET-CEM-MWM

Expertise

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

    • Water Footprint
    • Drug
    • Water
    • Catchment
    • Investigation
    • Pollution
    • Water Pollution
    • Environment

Organisations

My current research activities focus on two main topics: 1) institutional integration of energy transition and climate adaptation in urban settings as part of the RETSI research project; 2) drought resilience in context of the 4TU DeSIRE program.

My background is in environmental science and water resources engineering and I hold a PhD in water management. Specifically I looked at various aspects related to pharmaceuticals in water systems by integrating pollution modelling with social science methods. The integration of diverse methods as well as perspectives on environmental problems has caught my interest and I am looking forward to intensify this work in the future.

Publications

2023
2022
An integrated assessment of pharmaceuticals in water systems. University of Twente. Wöhler, L.https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789083180441The grey water footprint of milk due to nitrate leaching from dairy farms in Canterbury, New ZealandAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management, 29(2), 177-199. Joy, M. K., Rankin, D. A., Wöhler, L., Boyce, P., Canning, A., Foote, K. J. & Mcnie, P. M.https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2022.2068685
2021
2020
2019

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Affiliated study programs

Courses academic year 2023/2024

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.

Courses academic year 2022/2023

Current projects

Finished projects

MEDICINES UNWANTED IN WATER (MEDUWA) – VECHT(E)

GREY WATER FOOTPRINT FOR SELECTED PHARMACEUTICALS IN THE VECHT RIVER CATCHMENT

Good water quality is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems as well as for the supply of clean drinking water. Pharmaceuticals and multi-resistant bacteria are frequently found in the aquatic environment and therefore endanger the water quality status. The 27 members of the MEDUWA project, including universities, private companies, hospitals, governmental and non-governmental organizations from Germany and the Netherlands, address this problem with several different approaches along the entire medicine chain. These include: measurements, visualization and communication of the problem, simulating action, and mitigation and prevention. The University of Twente contributes to the MEDUWA project by modelling the Grey Water Footprint (GWF) for different pharmaceutical substances in the Vecht river catchment. The GWF is an indicator of the volume of water pollution and will be estimated for a selected number of pharmaceuticals and spatially mapped, distinguishing between GWFs related to wastewater from households and hospitals and to various types of livestock farming. GWFs will thereby also be expressed as polluted water volumes per unit of household, per patient, and per unit of animal product, like meat, milk or eggs. Furthermore, scenarios with possible measures to reduce pharmaceutical emissions will be developed. Their effectiveness will be evaluated by using the GWF model. A visualization of all results is shown in an App that is going to be developed by GeoplexGIS GmbH. MEDUWA – Vecht(e) is an INTERREG project between Germany and the Netherlands focusing on the transboundary river catchment of the Vecht.

Address

University of Twente

Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W206
De Horst 2
7522 LW Enschede
Netherlands

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