Old Dominion University Dr. Sönke Dangendorf  
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Sönke Dangendorf

Assistant Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Ph.D. (Dr-Ing.), University of Siegen, 2014

Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.), University of Siegen, 2010

Physical Oceanography and Coastal Engineering
Understanding global and regional sea level variability and its link to coastal flooding

Dr. Dangendorf first came to ODU in December, 2019 as an assistant professor in the OEAS department. He spent in previous professional life at the University of Siegen in Germany. His various positions there were research associate, postdoc, and Academische Rat. During this time he acted in various capacities (up to Group Leader) in the Research Institute for Water and Environment, in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Dangendorf is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geophysical Union (EGU). He is also a member of the global sea level budget team formed under the umbrella of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and the Inter-Commission Committee on "Geodesy for Climate Research" (https://iccc.iag-aig.org/): Dr. Dangendorf was contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere Chapter 4 “Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low-Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities” and co-leads the International Team “Towards a unified sea level record” at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern (http://www.issibern.ch/teams/unifysealevel/).

He acts as editor for "Scientific Data" (Nature Publishing Group), and has previously acted as review editor of the Coastal Ocean Process Section in Frontiers in Marine Science, and associate editor of the Special Issue "Global and Regional Sea Level Variability and Change" in Frontiers in Marine Science.

Research Interests

Dr. Dangendorf's primary interest is the understanding of global and regional sea level variability (timescales from minutes to millennia) and its link to coastal flooding. He is particularly interested in enhancing our understanding of the associated contributing processes (in the ocean, the atmosphere, on land and in the cryosphere) and the role of anthropogenic and natural forcing using a combination of various measurements, proxies, numerical models and advanced statistical approaches. This also comprises the development of global and regional sea level reconstruction approaches with a particular focus on the past ~300 years.



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