Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

UUNIOZ_Sea-level relationships

The long-term relationship between sea-level change and sedimentation in the North Sea

Analyzing the evolution of the Dutch coast requires dynamically coupled models of glacio- and hydro isostatic adjustment (GIA) and sedimentation. The weight changes by these two components have to be disentangled to understand climate-induced sea-level change and sedimentary processes well. Hereto we apply data assimilation techniques in GIA models that take in geological mapping products for the North Sea area. For the first time, the respective contribution of ice, water, sediment and tectonics to current vertical land motions in the Netherlands will be assessed. Results will have repercussions on the 'Building with nature' approach used in coastal management strategies.

Sea defence Vlissingen (Netherlands) as a protection against heavy storms and expected sea-level rise. Photo: Wil Tilroe-Otte

Joint research

This project is part of the joint research of Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research concerning the functioning of (coastal) seas and oceans.  Pairs of scienists will carry out interdisciplinary research into pressing scientific and societal issues that tie in with the strategic themes of both organisations. In addition to the Faculties of Science and Geosciences, also the Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance, and Veterinary Medicine of the UU are involved. The projects are part of the agreement to intensify the collaboration UU-NIOZ (2016-2025), funded by UU.

Project information

Research leaders 
Dr. Paolo Stocchi (NIOZ)
Dr. Kim Cohen (Utrecht University)

Theme 
Our Dynamic Coasts
Our Future Ocean

UU-NIOZ project page
For more information on this project and other UU-NIOZ projects, visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Meet the team
Below you find the NIOZ employee(s) working in this team. For a complete overview including Utrecht University team members visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Project information
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Utrecht University
Duration:
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
Partner
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Meet the team

 
Stocchi, Paolo
Tenure track Scientist

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