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Visiting address

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Section Astrodynamics & Space missions
Kluyverweg 1, 9th Floor (room 9.21)
Delft, The Netherlands

Postal address

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Section Astrodynamics & Space missions
Kluyverweg 1
2629 HS Delft
The Netherlands

Telephone, fax and e-mail

Telephone:   (+31) - (0)15 - 27 85191
E-mail:   R.Sharabi@remove-this.tudelft.nl

  

Dr.Ir. Wouter van der Wal

Assistant Professor - Planetary Exploration, PhD - University of Calgary (Canada)

Google Scholar profile: http://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=WIvgQDoAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Research Gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wouter_Van_der_Wal/

Twitter: @woutervdwal

Email

 W.vanderWal@remove-this.tudelft.nl

Phone

 +31(0)15 278 2086

Fax

 +31(0)15 278 5322

Office

 9.02

Mail

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1,  2629 HS Delft, the Netherlands

 

Research Interests

  • 3D models for surface loading on planets and icy moons (ice sheets, mountain building, volcanoes, impact cratering)
  • Interpretation of gravity field data from satellite missions (GRACE, GOCE, GRAIL)

I study the response of a planet to changes in surface load. The load can be in the form of volcanoes (e.g. Olympus Mons on Mars), impact cratering (all rocky planets and moons), ice sheets and water loads (Earth). Most of my own research is on modelling postglacial rebound in North America, Scandinavia and through supervision of MSc and PhD students I am rediscovering a fascination with the solar system. Recently, I am interested in Antarctica because postglacial rebound there is influencing how we observe current ice mass change. Also Antarctica shows a sharp change in properties of the mantle beneath East and West Antarctica. Those lateral changes in material properties can be simulated with finite-element models.

For fast computations I still use semi-analytical codes for the response of the Earth and associated sea level change developed at TU Delft. I use information from satellite measurements, mostly the GRACE and GOCE missions that make precise measurements of the Earth's gravity field. 

Name author: Wouter van der Wal
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