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In our group, we consider sea-level change as a big puzzle with lots of moving parts, and we are keen to understand how present-day climate change is driving each of the pieces. We include as many contributions as possible (oceans, ice, land, etc) and look both at the recent past (20th century) and at projecting future changes. We are interested in many facets of sea-level change, such as 1) projecting future regional sea-level changes 2) attributing sea level changes, and in particular the regional differences, to natural or human forcings 3) the impact and interaction of sea-level rise on the coast (ecological, physical, sociological processes), and 4) the closure of the 20th century sea-level budget.


Dr. Aimée Slangen
Since January 2017 I have been a Tenure Track researcher at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, in the Department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS). I am leading the NIOZ research on understanding and projecting (regional) sea-level change, and on translating sea-level change to the coastal/delta/estuarine environment. I like to take a broad approach and study both global and regional sea-level change in response to climate change. I am a founding member of the NIOZ Sea Level Centre. I did my PhD-research on regional sea-level modelling at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research in Utrecht (IMAU) and defended my thesis in December 2012. I then moved to Tasmania for a 3-yr postdoc at CSIRO with John Church, followed by a 1-yr stint in the UK (but working for IMAU). I was a contributing author on IPCC AR5 Chapter 13, the work from my PhD formed the basis for Section 13.6: Regional Sea Level Change. 
Twitter @AimeeSlangen | ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6268-6683

Tim Hermans, MSc
I have started as a PhD candidate at the Estuarine & Delta Systems department in January 2018. Before starting with a PhD, I received my masters degree in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology in 2017. My master thesis with Dr. Wouter van der Wal focused on the 3D numerical modelling of glacial isostatic adjustment in Antarctica. My PhD at the NIOZ is about the high-resolution numerical modelling of regional sea-level change in the European Shelf area. Regional sea-level change can deviate strongly from global mean sea-level change. In order to represent the true spatial variability of sea-level change at coasts, deltas and estuaries, it is likely that we need a higher resolution than the coarse resolutions of the climate models that are currently being used to compute sea-level change projections. The goal of my PhD is to compute sea-level rise projections on a higher spatial resolution for the use of these projections closer to the coast.


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Get in touch if you'd like to do a Master thesis or internship with me! 

Potential projects:
*studying 20th and 21st century regional sea level from models and comparing this to observations (Slangen et al, 2017 (JCLIM), Slangen et al, 2014 (Climatic Change)).
*updating the volume-area glacier model to be used with climate model output for past and future (Slangen and van de Wal, 2011) and contribute to the GlacierMIP project