Sea Level Futures Workshop, Liverpool 2–4 July 2018 Keynote Speakers


Anny Cazenave 

is  Director for Earth Sciences at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland

She was previously an Invited professor at the Collège de France, annual  chair ‘Développement Durable- Environnement, Energie et Société’; and Senior   Scientist at the ‘Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie   Spatiales’ (LEGOS), Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES),  Toulouse,  France where she was Deputy Director of LEGOS between 1996 and 2007  and head of  the group ‘Géophysique, Océanographie et Hydrologie  Spatiales’.


Sönke Dangendorf

Sönke is a coastal engineer focusing his work on the causes and impacts of sea level change. He is currently team leader of the “mean sea level” group at the Research Institute for Water and Environment (fwu) at the University of Siegen, where he also obtained his PhD in 2014. Sönke dedicates his work on different key questions, including: (i) the processes of coastal sea level variability on different timescales, (ii) the separation of natural and anthropogenic factors driving sea level, (iii) the question whether sea level is accelerating, (iv) how to reconstruct global mean sea level from sparse observations, and (v) how rapid sea level changes might affect the design of coastal structures in the coming decades and beyond. For answering these questions he uses combinations of different observations, process-based models and novel mathematical solutions. Since 2017 Sönke leads (together with Marta Marcos) an “International Team” focusing on the intercomparison of different global mean sea level reconstruction approaches at the ISSI in Bern, Switzerland (



Begoña Pérez Gómez

is from the Departamento de Oceanografía Portuaria, Puertos del Estado, Spain. She has a Physics Degree and PhD in Marine Science and Technology from the University of Cantabria. She is responsible for the Puertos del Estado REDMAR Sea Level Network and Nivmar  Storm Surge Forecasting System. She was a  Co-chair of the Working Group 3 IOC/NEAMTWS 2005-2015, and Chair of EuroGOOS Tide Gauge Task Team from 2015. She is a long term participant in the GLOSS Group of Experts.



Richard Greatbatch  

graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics from the University   of Liverpool in 1975 and then moved the University of Cambridge where  he  obtained distinction in Part III of the Mathematics Tripos,   subsequently graduating with his Ph.D. in 1981. His Ph.D. supervisor  was  the late Dr. Adrian Gill and the title of his thesis is “The  response  of the ocean to a moving storm”. He then spent several years  as a  postdoc in Cambridge before moving to Princeton University in the  USA as  a Visiting Scientist in 1983/84 before returning to the  University of  Liverpool as a University Research Fellow in 1985. In  1986 he moved to  Canada, first as an Assistant, Associate and Full  Professsor at Memorial  University of Newfoundland and then as a  Professor and Industrial  Research Chair in the Department of  Oceanography at Dalhousie University  in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since  2007, he has been the Professor of  Theoretical Oceanography at the  University of Kiel, Germany, based in  what is now the GEOMAR Helmholtz  Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.  He has  more than 180 referred research  publications and a wide range of  interests covering the dynamics of  the atmosphere and the ocean as well  as seasonal and decadal  prediction. 



Benoit Meyssigna

is an researcher at CNES (Centre national d'études spatiales) and LEGOS (Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales) inToulouse. His research interests include:

-   Climate research: Analysis of the Earth global water-energy cycle changes in response to the Earth energy imbalance using space techniques. Use of satellite geodesy and dynamical topography to constraint, track and understand the Earth water-energy budget
-   Satellite geodesy : Gravimetry, Temporal changes of the Earth gravity field and global mass redistributions among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth (oceans, atmosphere, land).  mass balance of the ice sheets, land water storage.
-   Satellite topography: Dynamical topography, Sea level variations at regional and global scales from satellite altimetry and tide gauges, ocean thermal expansion and energy redistribution among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth. Reconstruction of past regional sea level at climatic time scales
-   Climatic causes of mass and energy redistribution among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth .