Research

Research in how to design and maintain “intelligent” bufferzones along streams for the optimum use of their ecosystem services, is lacking. Interdisciplinary research of the potential of bufferzones is required – focusing on:

The research group behind BufferTech intends to implement State-of-the-Art research with a strong interdisciplinary research approach. We aim to include new technologies to maximise ecosystem services within the bufferzones and develop a decision support system to describe the multifunctional effects of bufferzones as well as the cost-effectiveness. In BufferTech we aim to test and upscale the decision support system in two buffer zone observatories by involvement of the local stakeholders.

BufferTech includes 2 PhD’s and 6 post.doc’s. and collaborates with 6 companies and two strong international partners.

Read more about bufferzones in the article “Riparian Buffer Strips as a Multifunctional Management Tool in Agricultural Landscapes”.