Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 318
Location
Yerseke
Function
Senior Scientist

Waarom kan de zeespiegel ook dalen wanneer ijskappen smelten?

Bert Vermeersen

Senior Scientist

Expertise

  • Sea Level Change
  • Regional Sea Level Variations
  • Effects of Solid-Earth Deformation, Gravity Variations and Earth Rotation on Sea
  • Oceans in the interiors of the moons of the giant planets (also at OCS - Texel)

Research Interests

I have two main areas of interest at NIOZ: Sea level change & oceans inside icy moons.

Sea level change
Only recently it has been recognised that regional sea level change can deviate strongly from the global average. This recognition has important consequences for effects of sea level change at coastlines, ranging from coastal protection to biogeomorphological impacts and interactions. My main task at NIOZ is to establish a Center of Expertise on Sea Level Change in general and on these regional effects in particular, with special emphasis on Dutch coastal areas. This part of my research interests has close connections to my appointment in the Geoscience & Remote Sensing Department at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences of TU Delft.
Example of regional sea level change due to a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (after Bamber, Riva, Vermeersen & LeBroq, Science, 324, 901-903, 2009)

Example of regional sea level change due to a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (after Bamber, Riva, Vermeersen & LeBroq, Science, 324, 901-903, 2009)

Oceans inside icy moons
Water oceans do not only occur on the Earth, but are also present in the interiors of some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Although not directly belonging to the science agenda of NIOZ, the study of these planetary water oceans underneath the surface ice has close resemblances with areas of expertise of NIOZ, ranging from physical oceanography to deep sea habitats and possibly life. This part of my research interests has close connections to my work at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and to NWA Route 4 / Origins Center and is partly done at the OCS Department on Texel.

Education & Current Positions

  • Full professor at TU Delft in 2014
  • TU Delft Chair on PLanetary Exploration in 2014, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
  • Senior scientist NIOZ

I studied astronomy at Utrecht University and did my PhD in geophysics at the same university. During my postdoc years in Italy (Bologna, Milan) and Germany (Stuttgart) I started to numerically model regional variations of sea level change due to postglacial rebound and other geophysical processes. These models were combined with earth-oriented space observations from gravity and altimetry satellites when I was appointed assistant professor at TU Delft in 1999 and associate professor in 2007. Around the time of the landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn moon Titan in 2005 I became interested in planetary exploration as well. This resulted in the establishment of the new TU Delft Chair on Planetary Exploration in 2014, of which I spend 0.7 fte at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and 0.1 fte at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.  In the meantime, my expertise on sea level change led to the appointment as (then 0.3 fte, now 0.2 fte) Senior Scientist at NIOZ in 2011.

Linked news

Friday 21 September 2018
Integrale studie naar zeespiegelstijging, bodemdaling en sedimentatie in de Nederlandse Waddenzee verschenen
Bron: Programma naar een Rijke Waddenzee en de Waddenacademie
Tuesday 22 May 2018
Over zeespiegelstijging, bodemdaling en sedimentatie in de Nederlandse Waddenzee
Tijdens het nationaal congres ‘Waddenzee Wereldklasse’ op 17 mei jl. in Leeuwarden ging de korte film ‘Over zeespiegelstijging, bodemdaling en sedimentatie in de Nederlandse Waddenzee’ in première.
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Rapport Waddenvereniging: wadden kunnen nog deze eeuw verdrinken
De Waddenzee kan nog deze eeuw verdrinken. Dit is de conclusie van het rapport 'Toekomst van de Waddenzee: een stijgende zeespiegel over een dalende bodem' van de Waddenvereniging, waaraan ook het NIOZ, de TU Delft en de Universiteit Utrecht…

NIOZ publications

  • 2018
    Stocchi, P.; Vacchi, M.; Lorscheid, T; de Boer, B.; Simms, A.R.; van de Wal, R.S.W; Vermeersen, B.L.A.; Pappalardo, M.; Rovere, A. (2018). MIS 5e relative sea-level changes in the Mediterranean Sea: Contribution of isostatic disequilibrium. Quat. Sci. Rev. 185: 122-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.01.004
    Vermeersen, B.L.A.; Slangen, A.B.A.; Gerkema, T.; Baart, F.; Cohen, K.M.; Dangendorf, S.; Duran-Matute, M.; Frederikse, T.; Grinsted, A.; Hijma, M.P.; Jevrejeva, S.; Kiden, P.; Kleinherenbrink, M.; Meijles, E.W.; Palmer, M.D.; Rietbroek, R.; Riva, R.E.M.; Schulz, E.; Slobbe, D.C.; Simpson, M.J.R.; Sterlini, P.; Stocchi, P.; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Van der Wegen, M. (2018). Sea-level change in the Dutch Wadden Sea. Geol. Mijnb. 97(03): 79-127. https://doi.org/10.1017/njg.2018.7
  • 2016
    Root, B.C.; Novák, P.; Dirkx, D.; Kaban, M.; van der Wal, W.; Vermeersen, L.L.A (2016). On a spectral method for forward gravity field modelling. J. Geodyn. 97: 22-30. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.jog.2016.02.008
    Sabadini, R.; Vermeersen, B.; Cambiotti, G. (2016). Global Dynamics of the Earth: Applications of Viscoelastic Relaxation Theory to Solid-Earth and Planetary Geophysics. Springer: [s.l.]. ISBN 978-94-017-7552-6.
  • 2014
    Slangen, A.B.A.; Carson, M.; Katsman, C.A.; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Köhl, A.; Vermeersen, L.L.A.; Stammer, D. (2014). Projecting twenty-first century regional sea-level changes. Clim. Change 124(1-2): 317-332. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1080-9
    Slangen, A.B.A.; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Wada, Y.; Vermeersen, L.L.A. (2014). Comparing tide gauge observations to regional patterns of sea-level change (1961–2003). Earth System Dynamics 5: 243-255. hdl.handle.net/10.5194/esd-5-243-2014
  • 2013
    Fuchs, M.J.; Bouman, J.; Broerse, T.; Visser, P.; Vermeersen, B. (2013). Observing coseismic gravity change from the Japan Tohoku-Oki 2011 earthquake with GOCE gravity gradiometry. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118(10): 1-10. dx.doi.org/10.1002/jgrb.50381
    Stocchi, P.; Escutia, C.; Houben, A.J.P.; Vermeersen, B.L.A.; Bijl, P.K.; Brinkhuis, H.; DeConto , R.M.; Galeotti, S.; Passchier, S.; Pollard, D.; IODP Expedition 318 Scientists; Houben, A.J.P. (2013). Relative sea-level rise around East Antarctica during Oligocene glaciation. Nature Geoscience 6(5): 380-384. dx.doi.org/10.1038/NGEO1783
    van der Wal, W.; Barnhoorn, A.; Stocchi, P.; Gradmann, S.; Wu, P.; Drury, M.; Vermeersen, B. (2013). Glacial isostatic adjustment model with composite 3-D Earth rheology for Fennoscandia. Geophys. J. Int. 194(1): 61-77. dx.doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggt099

Linked projects

Effects of Tidal-Induced Fluid Dynamics for the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn
Supervisor
Bert Vermeersen
Funder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Oct 2020