I am a researcher interested in sea-level change. I like to take a broad approach and study both global and regional sea-level change in response to climate change. I include as many contributions as possible (oceans, ice, land, etc) and look both at the recent past (20th century) and at projecting future changes.
As of January 2017 I am working as a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), in the Department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS). My research focuses on understanding and projecting (regional) sea-level change, and on translating this to the coastal/delta/estuarine environment.
From September 2015 to December 2016 I worked for the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric research at Utrecht University. Initially I was based in Hobart, but from March 2015 I was based in Hull (UK). The project focused on extreme sea levels and coastal impact.
From May 2013 to February 2016 I worked in Hobart with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere as an OCE postdoctoral research fellow. I worked in the sea level group, together with John Church, Xuebin Zhang and Didier Monselesan. My research focused on attributing sea level changes, and in particular the regional differences, to natural or human forcings using climate models. My work on detection & attribution has been described in a number of papers; The sea-level response to external forcings in historical simulations of CMIP5 climate models (Journal of Climate, 2015), Detection and attribution of global mean thermosteric sea-level change (GRL, 2014) and Anthropogenic forcing dominates global mean sea-level rise since 1970 (Nature Climate Change, April 2016).
Before moving to Hobart, I studied Meteorology at Wageningen University and ETH Zurich. Then I did my PhD research at Utrecht University, which focused on modelling regional variations in sea level change in recent past and future, with special attention to the influence of glacier melt on the gravitational pattern in sea level change. However, the research also included other contributions to sea level change, such as temperature and salinity variations, glacial isostatic adjustment, and groundwater extraction. I received my doctorate on December 12th 2012.The main papers to come out of this research were Towards regional projections of twenty-first century sea-level change based on IPCC SRES scenarios (Climate Dynamics, 2012) and Projecting twenty-first century regional sea-level changes (Climatic Change, 2014).