Internships

Thesis and Internship Projects

For up-to-date BSc and MSc thesis and internship prjects visit the site http://www.tip.wur.nl/

MSC THESIS OPPORTUNITIES WUR
http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences/Water-Resources-Management/Education/Courses/MSc-thesis-opportunities.ht 

The MSc thesis is at the end of the MSc study International Land and Watermanagement. The WRM group provides opportunities and supervision for the MIL B and MIL C program. Over time the list will change as opportunities are taken by fellow students or new opportunities arise. Contact staff for availability.

De Nationale Denktank
www.nationale-denktank.nl

Ben jij MSc-student? Ben je creatief, onafhankelijk en ondernemend? Werk je graag samen met een multidisciplinair team en wil je bijdragen aan de maatschappij? Meld je dan vóór 28 april aan voor de Nationale DenkTank 2015!
De Nationale DenkTank werkt met een team van ongeveer twintig academici en promovendi gedurende vier maanden, van augustus tot december, aan visionaire, creatieve én praktische oplossingen voor een urgent maatschappelijk probleem. Het team kan daarbij rekenen op de input van experts uit de wetenschap, het bedrijfsleven en de overheid.
Dit jaar is het thema Het Leren van de Toekomst. De noodzaak van vernieuwing in het onderwijs tekent zich steeds scherper af. Hoe kunnen we het leren in Nederland zo organiseren dat het beter aansluit bij de individuele leerling en de veranderende omgeving? De DenkTank gaat bestaande kaders doorbreken en een eigen visie op Het Leren van de Toekomst ontwikkelen. Kijk snel op de website voor meer info!

Abstract of Amber her thesis
In times of climate change, pressure on fertile soils and a higher demand for agricultural production, more sustainable agricultural production forms are needed. Agroforestry systems are seen as the sustainable hillslope land-use system for the future. However, still lots of research is needed to investigate the effects of agroforestry systems on productivity and sustainability. The WaNuLCAS model is used as a tool to study and understand the tree-soil-crop interactions in lots of agroforestry systems. WaNuLCAS is a process-based model of Water, Nutrient and Light Capture in Agroforestry Systems.

As part of the AFLI project, some new trail plots of the agroforestry system of Shan tea trees with fodder grasses are set up in the Northwest Viet Nam by the World Agroforestry Centre Viet Nam. The WaNuLCAS model can be applied to study the best way of management for this specific system. However, the Shan tea tree parameters were not yet available in the WaNuLCAS database.
Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to procure the Shan tea tree parameters and to discuss to what extent the WaNuLCAS model correctly predicts Shan tea growth by collecting field data concerning tree growth and the calibration of the WaNuLCAS model.
Field data for input data and calibration is collected in Sinh Phinh commune, Tua Chua district, Dien Bien province. Field data for input parameters include, among other things, working with the FBA model and calculating the root length density of the tree. Eight farmers and one extensive worker were interviewed. Weather data of the last fifteen years is requested and one representative year is chosen. All these data are used as input data for the WaNuLCAS model.
The output of the first model simulations differed from the observed values in the field, yet, after calibration of two values, the predicted values fit with the observed values. Those two values needed some small corrections; the water requirement for dry matter production is slightly higher than on average and the value for maximum growth rate fits best between ‘medium’ and ‘fast’.
In conclusion, the list of Shan tea parameters is procured and can be used for applying the WaNuLCAS model worldwide. Thereby the allometric equations of the Shan tea tree are provided of which complete (general) trees can be simulated with only the stem diameter as input data. And at last, another method for calculating the root length density of trees is completed as successful.
Do you want to read more, do you have any questions for Amber  or do you just want to chat with Amber about this topic? You can always e-mail her to make an appointment!