Rising sea levels, more frequent extreme precipitation and drier summers will put increasing demands on our dikes in the future. Over the next thirty years, 1,500 kilometres of dikes will need to be strengthened in the Netherlands alone. Ecologists from Radboud University and Wageningen University claim that an increase in the number of flowers and herbs that are grown on dikes will already go a long way towards solving the problem.
Researchers have developed a workflow to make GPS tracking data available in biodiversity data portals, and applied it to publicly archive GPS tracking data for hundreds of birds across northwest Europe.
The Hermesdorf Award and the Hermesdorf Talent Award are awarded every year to researchers who have dared to take risks. This year, Hermesdorf Talent Award goes to Kiane de Kleijne, who had the courage this year to speak up in the societal debate around the climate crisis.