Category Archives: IMAU

A special new isotope device for the IMAU

/ June 21, 2016/ IMAU

Third instrument in the world can select the masses a thousand times more accurately than existing instruments Wednesday 8 June was an exciting day for the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). A new, large isotope instrument was delivered. The largest part of the instrument had to be hoisted to the sixth floor of the Buys Ballot Building with a

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PhD defence: Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal deltas

/ May 31, 2016/ IMAU

Wim Ridderinkhof, 8 June 2016, 12:45, University Hall, Domplein 29, Utrecht Promotors: Prof.dr. Huib E. de Swart and Prof.dr. Piet Hoekstra Co-promotor: dr. Maarten van der Vegt Ebb-tidal deltas are bodies of sand that are located seaward of tidal inlets. The latter connect the open sea with a back-barrier basin and separate barrier islands. The morphology (e.g., sand volume, geometry,

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3.4 million Euros for international project on methane measurements

/ May 19, 2016/ IMAU

The European Commission has awarded a grant of nearly 3.4 million Euros to the project “Methane Goes Mobile – Measurements and Modelling” (MEMO2), coordinated by Thomas Röckmann (IMAU). In  this Marie Curie-project, researchers will develop more accurate ways to measure methane emissions. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Utrecht, Groningen, Wageningen, and six other European universities in

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Jury: “Bert Wouters cannot be pigeonholed”

/ May 9, 2016/ IMAU

During the yearly conference of the European Geosciences Union, Bert Wouters (IMAU) received the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists. He received the award because of his contributions to research on ice sheets, glaciers, and ice-cap mass-balance studies. The jury calls him “one of the most exceptional and outstanding young scientists working in the field of polar science.” Since

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Greenhouse-gas emissions are the main cause of rising sea levels since 1970

/ April 12, 2016/ IMAU

The current rise of sea levels is the fastest in the past 3000 years. New research shows that humanity’s influence on the climate is the main reason for rising sea levels since 1970. The sea levels are expected to keep rising in a warming climate. Primary author Dr Aimée Slangen of Utrecht University publishes about this in Nature Climate Change.

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Uitstoot van broeikasgassen hoofdoorzaak van zeespiegelstijging sinds 1970

/ April 12, 2016/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

De huidige zeespiegelstijging is de snelste in de afgelopen 3000 jaar. Nieuw onderzoek laat zien dat de invloed van de mens op het klimaat de hoofdreden is voor zeespiegelstijging sinds 1970. De verwachting is dat de zeespiegel blijft stijgen in een opwarmend klimaat. Eerste auteur dr. Aimée Slangen van de Universiteit Utrecht publiceert hierover in Nature Climate Change. Het onderzoek

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IMAU technician joined an expedition to East Antarctica

/ April 4, 2016/ IMAU

Mark Eijkelboom, technician at IMAU, has just returned from an expedition to East Antarctica. In the BENEMELT project, researchers Jan Lenaerts (Utrecht University) and Stef Lhermitte (KU Leuven) study the melting of the upper layers of ice shelves. “We were there with a group of eight people: Stef and I from BENEMELT, two researchers from the IceCon project and four

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Touch down and El Niño

/ March 22, 2016/ IMAU

A few weeks ago I was in New Orleans to take part in the Ocean Sciences meeting of the American Geophysical Union. It is only mid-February and the weather is then supposed to be gentle in this part of the US, as the winter is slowly giving way to spring. Not this year: The whole of Thursday evening I spend

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Celebrating 50 years of climate education and research at IMAU

/ March 22, 2016/ IMAU

In 1966 a group of enthusiastic pioneers founded the Institute for Meteorology and Oceanography Utrecht (IMOU). Twenty-five years later, in 1991, its name changed to Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). And this year, 2016, marks five decades of stimulating education and scientific research of the oceans, atmosphere and cryosphere at IMAU. We celebrate IMAU’s 50th anniversary on

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When the Christ child comes a year late

/ March 22, 2016/ IMAU

Although the name El Niño (`little boy/Christ child’) actually refers to the fact that most ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) events peak around Christmas, it also nicely captures a troublesome property of the phenomenon: It behaves as quirkily and unpredictably as a three-year-old child. Next winter’s El Niño can be reasonably well predicted in summer (which basically amounts to diagnosing

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