My PhD study at NIOZ is about the high-resolution numerical modelling of regional sea-level change and sea-level variability in the Northwestern European shelf area. Regional sea-level change can deviate strongly from global mean sea-level change, which is especially very relevant to coastal communities. In order to represent the true spatial variability of sea-level change at the coasts, in deltas and in estuaries, the coarse resolutions of the climate models that are currently being used to compute sea-level change projections need to be improved.
Regional ocean models can also be used to study the different drivers of sea-level variability. To this end, I have developed a high-resolution configuration of the regional ocean modeling system ROMS to simulate sea-level variability on the NWES during the satellite altimetry era (1993-present). This will help to interpret the sea-level variability and trends that are currently being observed.
Alongside my PhD project I am working on sea-level projections for the upcoming IPCC AR6 as a contributing author.
I received my masters degree in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2017, specializing in Astrodynamics & Space Missions. My master thesis was on the 3D numerical modelling of glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica. After that, I started as a PhD candidate at the Estuarine & Delta Systems department of NIOZ in January 2018, under supervision of Dr. Aimée Slangen. I am also a part of the NIOZ Sea Level Centre of Expertise.
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