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Sönke Dangendorf - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Sönke Dangendorf

David and Jane Floweree Assistant Professor | Tulane Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering


Dr. Dangendorf specializes in extreme sea levels, ocean tides and storm surges and the impact on coastal flooding.






Sea levels rising faster than thought




Sönke Dangendorf is an assistant professor in the Tulane Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering. He has more than 12 years of experience researching mean and extreme sea levels, ocean tides, and storm surges and the impact on coastal flooding. He previously held positions as an “Akademischer Rat” at the University of Siegen, Germany, and as an assistant professor for Ocean and Earth Science at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Dangendorf was a contributing co-author to the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is currently a member of the NASA sea level science team. He also serves as an editor of the Nature journal "Scientific Data."

Areas of Expertise (4)

Climate Change

Storm Surge

Extreme Sea Levels

Ocean Tides

Education (2)

University of Siegen, Germany: PhD, Coastal Engineering 2014

University of Siegen, Germany: Diplom-Ingenieur, Engineering 2010

A Diplom-Ingenieur is equivalent to a Master's.

Languages (2)

  • English
  • German

Articles (1)

Acceleration of U.S. Southeast and Gulf coast sea-level rise amplified by internal climate variability

Nature Communications

Sönke Dangendorf


Sea levels along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts have been rapidly accelerating, reaching record-breaking rates over the past 12 years, according to a new study led by scientists at Tulane University. In the study, researchers said they had detected rates of sea-level rise often in excess of a half an inch per year since 2010. They attribute the acceleration to the compounding effects of man-made climate change and natural climate variability.

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