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Utrecht University

Roderik van de Wal obtained a PhD degree in 1992. He is a Professor in Sea Level Change and coastal impacts, employed for 60% at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) and 40% at the Department of Physical Geography both at Utrecht University. His research focuses on the different contributions to sea level rise in past, present and future and the impact of these changes to coastal systems. He has participated and organized glacio-meteorological fieldwork in the Alps, Scandinavian, Svalbard and Greenland. He was PI and co-PI of numerous (inter-) national projects, steering committee member in the EU projects NEEM (North Greenland Eemian ice core project) Beyond-Epica, PI of the Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (NESSC, 2014-2023) and IPICS (International Partnerships in ice core sciences), Member of the Dutch Delta commission on sea level, lead author of the sea level chapter of the IPCC SROCC report, review editor of the IPCC AR5 chapter on sea level, and co-chair of the WCRP Grand Challenge on Regional Sea Level and as such organized the WCRP conference on sea level in 2017 and 2022. Currently his group is mainly concerned with modelling the stability of the Antarctica ice sheet and quantifying the uncertainty in sea level rise projections. This includes the development of a new generation of ice sheet models and the interaction between the ice sheet and other parts of the climate system, like the ocean.

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