Session 4.9 / 5.9: Knowledge Impulse Water Quality” – bridging the science-management gap in a focused program for impact
The first sub-session will introduce the novel theme of “solution-focused” assessment, turning away from an often-applied problem-oriented approach which has evolved over the years. The solutionfocused approach has been motivated by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and can be seen as one
of the scientific foundations and principal background methods for “Water Science for Impacts”. The approach is key for the Knowledge Impulse program.
The session theme unfolds as follows. The co-chairs introduce the key concept of solution-focused assessment approaches, and sketch the session order, as follows. Michiel Zijp will explain how the approach works in practice, and will illustrate this with examples of approaches designed to help solving
the problem of chemical pollution. Peter Schipper will follow, with nutrient loads as example, and focus on how to address the actors to reduce their pollution sources of stressors as key method. Caroline Moermond will thereupon show the full source-impact actors, and how identifying and involving actors
along the chain helps solving problems. Michael Bentveldsen closes the first sub-session, elaborating on a broader call for bridging science-utility gaps for specific priority subjects. Via this sequence, you are introduced to the principles, processes and potential outcomes of solution-focused scientific approaches
– to help improving water quality.