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Sea Level and coastal changes

Young Investigator Group 'Sea Level and Coastal Changes'

Coastal areas are one of the most rapidly evolving systems on Earth. The population density within 100 kilometers of the coastline is nearly 3 times higher than the global average density and 10 percent of the human population is less than 10 meters above sea level (especially in the tropical zones).

This explains why the evolution of coastal areas is perceived as a relevant problem in need of monitoring, defense or adaptation strategies. The global percentage of beaches and erosion is ~ 70%. Sea level rise and fall in the frequency and intensity of storms are expected to exacerbate the problem, leading to both social and natural negative consequences.

The Sea Level and Coastal Changesgroup has a twofold aim. First, it aims to investigate past interglacials, moments when the earth is warmer than today, in order to gather the elevation of sea levels and finally, polar ice sheets sensitivity to warm climates. Second, the group investigates rates and causes of changes at different time scales in order to understand the sensitivity of different areas to coastal erosion, or to extreme wave events under future sea level scenarios.

Group leader

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Team members

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Leibniz ZMT

Dr. Eng. Elisa Casella, Postdoctoral researcher

Former group members

  • Nov 2014 - Dec 2016 Daniel Harris, Postdoctoral researcher. Now lecturer at the University of Queensland.
  • Nov 2015 - Nov 2016 Alexander Janßen, research assistant. Now professional geologist