Regional Sea Level Change

Theme days
Thursday, 28 September 10:30
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden, Netherlands

Research in recent decades has demonstrated that the change of sea level is far from uniform around the globe: at some locations the mean level rises faster than elsewhere, at others there may even be a drop.  To understand these differences, global factors are important (such as the melting of ice masses worldwide) but also regional ones (e.g. land subsidence, or changes in wind climate). As a consequence, globally mean estimates and projections of sea level rise are generally inadequate for regional purposes. Even within a relatively small coastal area like the Netherlands, notable differences are found in the rise of sea level, which are still partly unexplained. These regional characteristics can shape policies and measures of coastal defense and adaptation.

In this symposium we bring together researchers from various universities and institutes to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art knowledge on regional sea level change and to identify lacunae in our understanding. The latter aspect receives special attention during the closing discussion, where possible new avenues of research will be explored.


09.30-10.15 Registration and coffee
10.20-10.30 Opening
10.30-11.00 Roderik S.W. van de Wal (Utrecht University)
  Evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets
11.00-11.30 Riccardo Riva (Delft University of Technology)
  Closing regional sea level budgets with geodetic observations
11.30-12.00    Aimee Slangen (NIOZ-Yerseke) 
  Regional sea-level projections and sea-level allowances
12.00-12.30  Martin Verlaan (Deltares) 
  Modelling of storm surges and extreme levels worldwide 
12.30-13.30 Lunch 
13.30-14.00 Dewi Le Bars (KNMI) 
  Probabilistic projections of sea level rise
14.00-14.30 Cornelis Slobbe (Delft University of Technology)
  Onshore and offshore vertical reference frames
14.30-15.00 Sally Brown (University of Southampton)
  Determining impacts and adaptation to sea-level rise at regional and local scales
15.00-15.30 Panel discussion: Directions of future research
  Renske de Winter (Utrecht University) 
  Bert Vermeersen (Delft University of Technology/NIOZ-Yerseke)
  Sally Brown (University of Southampton)
15.30-16.30 Drinks
















Organizers: Theo Gerkema and Aimée Slangen (NIOZ-Yerseke)

Location: Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Date: 28 September 2017, 9:30-16:30.

Participation free, but registration required before 22 September! Register by clicking the green button above.

This theme day is organised with financial support from ENW/NWO and NCK.

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  • Thursday, 28 September 10:30