Inge de Graaf, a researcher at Water Systems and Global Change, was awarded a 1.5-million euro starting grant by the European Research Council (ERC). She will develop a model that links the availability of groundwater and agricultural production across the globe.
De Graaf wants to know how much groundwater can be extracted before aquatic ecosystems are threatened and to what degree this groundwater contributes to the production of sufficient food in various parts of the world, both now and in the future. She stresses that water usage is not sustainable in many parts of the world, causing rivers and wells to fall dry.
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