Coping with drought

An NWO research project on the history of drinking water.

09/08/2020 | 4:42 PM

Worldwide human-induced climate change may lead to shortages of drinking water. In the past smaller climate changes also caused drought. This environmental history project, Coping with drought, investigates how humans adapted to water scarcity in periods of drought in the Netherlands from 1550 to 1850. 

To learn more about this project, led by Prof. Petra van Dam, co-founder of VU’s Environmental Humanities Center, please visit