A day on the Navicula

On the 6th of June, Tim and me joined Long and Theo at the RV Navicula to help with a 13hr station in the Oosterschelde. Both of us being modellers, it was a good experience to board a research vessel and help to collect data. We helped out with CTDs and Niskin Bottles, to sample how the properties of the Oosterschelde change during a tidal cycle. It was a fun day and we were lucky enough to have good weather!

Photos by Long Jiang

A Royal day

On the 20th of May, the Dutch King and Queen visited the IOW institute for Baltic Sea research in Warnemunde, Germany. On this occasion, a Letter of Intent was signed for increased collaboration between Dutch and German Oceanographic research, of which NIOZ was one of the signatories. 

Carolina en me were asked to present our work on sea-level change at the workshop that was held at IOW on the day of the visit, which was quite an honour. In the evening all workshop participants were invited to join the trade dinner. We had a great day!

Some of the press coverage around the visit (mostly in Dutch or German): NIOZ, Ostzeezeitung, NDR, Beaumonde, Blauw Bloed

Source: NIOZ Source: D. Amm/IOW Source: D. Amm/IOW Source: IOW/

NAC, EGU & Girlsday

Catching up in Tweets

Great first day at #NAC2019 in Utrecht, convened a very interesting and diverse session with very good talks this afternoon. Proud of my PhD student @HermansTHJ giving his first conference talk on #sealevel! #PImilestones — Aimée Slangen (@AimeeSlangen) 14 maart 2019#EGU19
Full house at this mornings #sealevel session at #EGU19! Standing room only at this point ;) Glad to see so many people interested in sea level science! — Aimée Slangen (@AimeeSlangen) 8 april 2019
#EGU19 day 2... Here we go! — Aimée Slangen (@AimeeSlangen) 9 april 2019#Girlsday2019
@AimeeSlangen⁩ geeft inleiding bij @girlsday2019 ⁦ — Klaas Timmermans (@KRTimmermans) 11 april 2019
Meiden bezoeken de @NIOZnieuws labs in Yerseke voor — Aimée Slangen (@AimeeSlangen) 11 april 2019

1Vandaag: zeespiegelstijging in de Waddenzee

De Waddenzee is een uniek gebied in Nederland, waar zee, land en ecologie samenkomen. 1Vandaag vroeg mij naar de scenarios voor zeespiegelstijging voor de Waddenzee. 

Het radio-item terugluisteren kan hier:
(selecteer 15.00-16.00, vanaf 11.20)

Mijn bijdrage is gebaseerd op een publicatie waar ik vorig jaar aan heb bijgedragen:

Vermeersen, L.L.A., Slangen, A.B.A., Gerkema, T., Baart, F., Cohen, K.M., Dangendorf, S., Duran-Matute, M., Frederikse, T., Grinsted, A., Hijma, M.P., Jevrejeva, S., Kiden, P., Kleinherenbrink, M., Meijles, E.W., Palmer, M.D., Rietbroek, R., Riva, R.E.M., Schulz, .E., Slobbe, D.C., Simpson, M.J.R., Sterlini, P., van de Wal, R.S.W. and van der Wegen, M. (2018), Sea-level change in the Dutch Wadden Sea, Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, 97(3), 79-127, doi:10.1017/njg.2018.7.

Catching up

Hello, long time no see!

So what's happened these past few months?

The IPCC Working Group 1 contribution to the Sixth Assessment report is getting up to speed. I attended the first lead author meeting in Guangzhou, China in June, and joined this months' second lead author meeting in Vancouver, Canada remotely. I am co-writing chapter 9 (Oceans, Cryosphere and Sea Level). It's quite an intense process, but I'm learning lots and have met some great people already!

In August I co-organised the iSLR18 conference in Utrecht. This conference was especially geared towards Early Career Researchers working in sea-level change. We had 2 conference days and 1 field day, plus a public debate evening.

In December, Dutch secretary Ingrid van Engelshoven, of Education, Culture & Science, visited NIOZ. She toured the facilities and learned about sea-level change, seaweed and building with nature solutions.

Earlier this month, I was one of the three speakers at the annual Brunings Lec…

It's Nature week

Something amazing happened this week: two publications with my name on it came out in Nature! 

First, I wrote an explained of a recent paper by Sally Brown and colleagues in Earth's Future for Nature News & Views.

What I found really cool about their paper, is that it not only shows the impact of future sea-level rise on the size of the flooding area and the amount of people impacted, but also the reverse: how people can have an impact on the amount of sea-level change by taking action. Their paper shows that the sooner we manage to cap our greenhouse gas emissions, the less sea-level rise we'll get.

Second, I am a co-author on a paper led by Chris Perry, on how coral reefs are losing the ability to keep track with sea-level rise

In this paper, we compared the vertical growth rate potential of over 200 tropical reefs to recent and projected rates of sea-level change. From this, we find that few reefs will have the capacity to keep tracking sea-level rise. This will lead to…

Selected as IPCC AR6 Lead Author

Some very exciting news: I've been selected to serve as a Lead Author on the next IPCC report!

The IPCC (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is an international organisation of the United Nations. The IPCC provides comprehensive assessments of all the science related to climate change. These assessments have been done on a regular basis since 1990, when the first assessment report was brought out. I will be working on the Sixth Assessment report (AR6).

The report (and the workload) is split into three parts:
Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis
Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change
Due to my expertise on sea-level change, I have been asked to contribute to Working Group I, on Chapter 9: Ocean, Cryosphere and Sea Level Change.

The IPCC Assessment report is an overview of the state-of-the-art on climate science. This information will be communicated to governments and policy makers. It is therefore a very …