Storms, J.E.A.


Associate Professor
MSc track Geo-Energy Engineering co-coordinator

PhD 2002 | Delft University of Technology (Cum Laude) - Controls on shallow-marine stratigraphy; a process-response approach 

MSc 1996 | Utrecht University - Late-Holocene fluvial history of an area south of Donaldsonville in the Lower Mississippi Valley, Louisiana, USA: Reconstruction of the fluvial history


Sedimentary Geology (interest in shallow-marine, deltaic, fluvial, lacustrine and deep-water systems).

Impact of sea-level rise and climate change on natural landscapes and build-up environments



present: AESM1305 Geo-Energy engineering Challenge, AESM1420 Advanced Sedimentary Geology, AESM1430 Simulation and Building of Stratigraphy

Past: Sedimentary System (AES1890), Geological Modelling (AES1850), Geological Excursion 1st year BSc (TA1913), General Geology (TA1910), Geology for engineers (TA3750), Engineering geological fieldwork, (AES1602), Inleiding Technische Aardwetenschappen (TA1009) 


My research focuses on fluvial, deltaic and coastal depositional processes, predominantly on the complex interaction between sediment dynamics, sea level change and preservation potential, which governs the formation of the sedimentary record and potential reservoir characteristics. I favor a combined approach of numerical modeling and sedimentological and geophysical field data analysis, generally from both present-day (e.g. Kangerlussuaq Fjord, Strynvatnet and Loenvatnet, Caspian Sea, Adriatic Sea, Mahakam delta, Golo delta, Rhine-Meuse delta, St. Clair delta, Mississippi delta,... ) and ancient depositional systems (Book Cliffs Utah and subsurface). By combining modeling and field research more can be learned from both worlds.

  • 2015 ongoing: quantification of backbarrier deposition rates using OSL dating related to gas extraction of the Ameland Field. Collaboration with Deltares, TNO, Wageningen University and Natuurcentrum Ameland.
  • 2015 ongoing: Statoil-Deltares: Development of Delft3D-GeoTool. An open source (GPL-V3) online GUI and DataBase software development for reservoir geological applications (co-PI). PostDoc Liang Li.
  • 2015 ongoing: Petrobras: Modelling the Influence of Bathymetric Changes on the Depositional Architecture of Deep-water Systems (supervisor). PhD Thais Empinotti
  • 2014 ongoing: ISES: Post-rift source-to-sink evolution of the NW Africa passive continental margin (co-PI). PhD Rémi Charton
  • 2013 ongoing: Deltares - Shell PhD research project: Implementation of numerical outcrops to improve geological fluvio-deltaic reservoir models (PI). PhD Helena van der Vegt
  • 2011 ongoing: Statoil PhD project: Physics-based numerical modeling of lacustrine fluvio-deltaic responses in relation to reservoir architecture (PI). PhD Liang Li

Past projects

  • 2010-2015 NWO VIDI Personal Grant Project: Untangling the sediment flux control in sedimentary basin stratigraphy (PI).
  • 2008-2013 NWO IPY PhD project: Sediment supply to the arctic zone (PI).
  • 2006-2013 Statoil - TUDelft - Deltares PhD project: On the modelling of river delta formation (PI)
  • 2011 Statoil - Deltares MSc thesis projects Brent Delta (PI)
  • 2011 Statoil - Deltares project on improvements of Delft3D (co-PI)
  • 2005 NWO Talent personal grant (PI)
  • 2000 Schlumberger research grant (PI)

Previous students and PostDocs

PD: Maria Azpiroz Zabala, Hiranya Sahoo, Helena van der Vegt, Gerben de Jager, Andrea Forzoni

PhD: Helena van der Vegt, Liang Li, Andrea Forzoni, Ilja de Winter, Nathanaël Geleynse

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

[45] Charton, R, Bertotti, G, Duval-Arnould, A, Storms, JEA, Redfern, J (2020 accepted) Low-temperature thermochronology as a control on vertical movements for semi-quantitative Source-to-Sink analysis: A case study for the Permian to Neogene of Morocco and surroundings. Basin Research

[44] Molleix, S, Jouet, G, Blard, H-P, Moreau, J, Demartini, J, Storms, JEA, Vella, C, Aster Team (2020) Quaternary evolution of the Golo river alluvial plain (NE Corsica, France). Quaternary Geochronology. doi,org.10.1016/j.quageo.2020.101115

[43] Sahoo, H, Gani, MR, Gani, ND, Hampson, GJ, Howell, JA, Storms, JEA, Martinius, AW (2020) Predictable patterns in stacking and distribution of channelized fluvial sand bodies linked to channel mobility and avulsion processes. Geology 48, 903-907.

[42] Storms, JEA, Beylich, AA, Hansen, L, Waldmann, N (2020) Source to sink reconstruction of a Holocene Fjord-infill: Depositional patterns, suspended sediment yields, wind-induced circulation patterns and trapping efficiency for Lake Strynevatnet, inner Nordfjord, Norway. The Depositional Record 6, 471-485.

[41] Wang, Y, Storms, JEA, Martinius, AW, Karssenberg, D, Abels, HA (2020) Evaluating alluvial stratigraphic response to cyclic and non-cyclic upstream forcing through process-based alluvial architecture modelling. Basin Research.

[40] van der Vegt, H, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJR, Nordahl, K, Howes, NC, Martinius, AW (2020) Grain size fractionation by process-driven sorting in sandy to muddy deltas. The Depositional Record 6, 217-235.

[39] Candel, JHJ, Makaske, B, Kijm, N, Kleinhans, MG, Storms, JEA, Wallinga, J (2020) Self-constraining of low-energy rivers explains low channel mobility and tortuous planforms. The Depositional Record.

[38] Li, L, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJR (2018) On the upscaling of process-based models in delta applications (2018) Geomorphology 302, 201-213.

[37] Candel, JHJ, Makaske, B, Storms, JEA, Wallinga, J (2017) Oblique aggradation: a novel explanation for sinuosity of low-energy streams in peat-filled valley systems. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42, 2679-2696. 

[36] Beylich, AA, Laute, K, Storms, JEA (2017) Contemporary suspended sediment dynamics within two partly glacierized mountain drainage basins in western Norway (Erdalen and Bødalen, inner Nordfjord). Geomorphology,

[35] Monecke, K. Meilianda, E, Walstra, DJR, Hill, EM, McAdoo, BG, Qiu, Q, Storms, JEA, Sri Masputri, A, Mayasari, CD, Nasir, M, Riandi, I, Setiawan, A, Templeton, CK, (2017) Postseismic coastal development in Aceh, Indonesia - Field observations and numerical modelling. Marine Geology 392, 94-104.

[34] Veldkamp, A, Baartman, JEM, Coulthard, TJ, Maddy, D, Schoorl, JM, Storms, JEA, Temme, AJAM, van Balen, R, van de Wiel, MJ, van Gorp, W, Viveen, W, Westaway, R, Whittaker, AC (2017) Two decades of numerical modelling to understand 1 long term fluvial archives: advances and future perspectives. Quaternary Science Reviews, 166, 177-187.

[33] van der Vegt, H, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJW, Howes, NC (2016) Can bed load transport drive varying depositional behaviour in river delta environments? Sedimentary Geology 345, 19-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.08.009

[32] Hansen, L, Waldmann, N, Storms, JEA, Eilertsen, RS, Ariztegui, D, Chapron, E, Nesje, A (2016) Morphological signatures of mass wasting and delta processes in a fjord-lake system: insights from Lovatnet, western Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 96(3). DOI: 10.17850/njg96-3-02

[31] Gouiza, M, Charton, R, Bertotti, G, Andriessen, P, Storms, JEA (2016) Post-Variscan evolution of the Anti-Atlas belt of Morocco constrained from low-temperature geochronology. International Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-016-1325-0

[30] Van Dam, RL, Storms, JEA, Schuster, GT, Malehmir, A, Kenter, JAM, Forte, E (2015) Introduction to special section: Geophysical imaging and interpretation of outcrops. Interpretation 3(3), p. SYi-SYii.

[29] Forzoni, A, Hampson, GJ, Storms, JEA (2015) Along-strike variations in stratigraphic architecture of shallow-marine reservoir analogues: Upper Cretaceous Panther Tongue delta and coeval shoreface, Star Point Sandstone, Wasatch Plateau, central Utah, USA. Journal of Sedimentary Research 85, 968-989.

[28] Forzoni, A, Storms, JEA, Reimann, T, Moreau, J, Jouet, G (2015) Non-linear response of the Golo River systems, Corsica, France, to Late Quaternary climatic and sea level variations. Quaternary Science Reviews 121, 11-27. htpp://

[27] Li, L, Walstra, DJR, Storms, JEA (2015) The impact of wave-induced longshore transport on a delta-shoreface system. Journal of Sedimentary Research 85, 6-20.

[26] Monecke, K. Templeton, CK, Finger, W. Houston, B, Luthi, SM, McAdoo, BG, Meilianda, E, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJR, Amna, R, Hood, N, Karmanocky, F, Nurjanah, Rusydy, I, Unggulsudrajat, S (2015) Beach ridge patterns in West Aceh, Indonesia and their response to large earthquackes along the Northern Sunda Trench. Quaternary Science Reviews 113, 159-170.

[25] Koenders, R, Lindenbergh, RC, Storms, JEA, Menenti, M (2014) Multiscale curvatures for identifying channel locations from DEMs. Computers and Geosciences 68, 11-21.

[24] Forzoni, A, Storms, JEA, Whittaker, C. and de Jager, G (2014) Delayed delivery from the sediment factory: modeling the impact of catchment response time to tectonics on sediment flux and fluvio-deltaic stratigraphy. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39, 689–704.

[23] Hillen, MM, Geleynse, N, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJR, and Groenenberg, RM (2014) Morphodynamic modeling of wave reworking of an alluvial delta and application of results in the standard reservoir modeling workflow. IAS Special Publication 46, 167-186.

[22] Forzoni, A, de Jager, G, Storms, JEA (2013) A spatially lumped model to investigate downstream sediment flux propagation within a fluvial catchment. Geomorphology 193, 65-80.

[21] Storms, JEA, de Winter, IL, Overeem, I, Drijkoningen, GG, Lykke-Andersen, H (2012) The Holocene sedimentary history of the Kangerlussuaq Fjord-valley fill, West Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews 35, 29-50. 

[20] de Winter, IL, Storms, JEA, Overeem, I (2012) Numerical modeling of glacial sediment production and transport during deglaciation. Geomorphology 167, 102-114.

[19] Charvin, K, Hampson, GJ, Gallagher, KL, Storms, JEA, Labourdette, R (2011) Characterization of controls on high-resolution stratigraphic architecture in wave-dominated shoreface-shelf parasequences using inverse numerical modelling. Journal of Sedimentary Research 81 (7-8), 562-578.

[18] Geleynse, N, Storms, JEA, Walstra, DJR, Jagers, HRA, Wang, ZB, Stive, MJF, (2011) Controls on river delta formation; insights from numerical modelling. Earth and planetary Science Letters 302 (1-2), 217-226.

[17] Geleynse, N, Storms, JEA, Stive, MJF, Jagers, HRA, Walstra, DJR (2010) Modeling of a mixed-load fluvio-deltaic system. Geophysical Research Letters 37, L05402,

[16] Hoogendoorn, RM, Overeem, I and Storms, JEA (2008) Process response modelling of fluvial deltaic stratigraphy. Computers and Geosciences, 34, 1394-1416.

[15] Storms, JEA, Weltje, GJ, Terra, GJ, Cattaneo, A and Trincardi, F (2008) Comparative sedimentological analysis of two Late Quaternary barrier-lagoon systems and reconstruction of palaeo-environmental conditions at the Northern Adriatic Shelf (Italy).  Quaternary Science Reviews 27 (11-12), 1107-1123.

[14] Törnqvist, TE, Wallace, DJ, Storms, JEA, Wallinga, J, van Dam, RL, Blaauw, M, Derksen, MS, Klerks, CWJ, Meijneken, C and Snijders, EMA (2008) Mississippi Delta subsidence primarily caused by compaction of Holocene strata. Nature Geosciences 1 (3), 173-176. .

[13] Hampson, GJ, Rodriguez, AB, Storms, JEA, Johnson, HD and Meyer, CT (2008) Geomorphology and high-resolution stratigraphy of wave-dominated shorelline deposits: impact on reservoir-scale facies architecture. In: Hampson, GJ, Steel, RJ, Burgess, PM, and Dalrymple, RA (Eds.), Recent Advances in Shoreline-Shelf Stratigraphy. SEPM Special Publication 90, 117-142.

[12] Sømme, T, Howell JA, Hampson GJ and Storms, JEA (2008) Architecture and genesis of intra-parasequence discontinuity surfaces in the Sunnyside Member, Book Cliffs, Eastern Utah. In: Hampson, GJ, Steel, RJ, Burgess, PM, and Dalrymple, RA (Eds.), Recent Advances in Shoreline-Shelf Stratigraphy. SEPM Special Publication 90, 421-441.

[11] Storms, JEA and Kroonenberg, SB (2007) The impact of rapid Sea level changes on recent Azerbaijan beach ridges. Journal of Coastal Research, 23(2), 521–527.

[10] Storms, JEA, Hoogendoorn, RM, Dam, MAC, Hoitink, AJF and Kroonenberg, SB (2005) Late-Holocene evolution of the Mahakam delta, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Sedimentary Geology, 180, 149-166.

[9] Storms, JEA and Hampson, GJ (2005) Mechanisms for forming discontinuity within shoreface-shelf parasequences: sea-level, sediment supply or wave induced? Journal of Sedimentary Research 75, 68-83.

[8] Storms, JEA (2003) Event-based stratigraphic simulation of wave-dominated shallow-marine environments. Marine Geology 1999, 83-100.

[7] Hampson, GJ and Storms, JEA (2003) Geomorphological and sequence stratigraphic variability in wave-dominated, shoreface-shelf parasequences. Sedimentology 50, 667-701.

[6] Storms, JEA and Swift, DJP (2003) Shallow-marine sequences as the building blocks of stratigraphy: insights from numerical modelling. Basin Research 15, 287-303.

[5] Storms, JEA, Weltje, GJ, van Dijke, JJ, Geel, CR and Kroonenberg, SB (2002) Process-response modelling of wave-dominated coastal systems: simulating evolution and stratigraphy on geologic timescales. Journal of Sedimentary Research 72, 226-239.

[4] Baas, JH, van Dam, RL and Storms, JEA (2000) Duration of deposition from decelerating high-density turbidity currents. Sedimentary Geology 136, 71-88.

[3] Kroonenberg, SB, Badyukova, EN, Storms, JEA, Ignatov, EI and Kasimov, NS (2000) A full sea-level cycle in sixty-five years: barrier dynamics along Caspian shores. Sedimentary Geology 134, 257-274.

[2] Storms, JEA, Van Dam, RL & Leclair, SF, (1999) Preservation of cross-sets due to migration of current ripples over aggrading and non-aggrading beds: a comparison of experimental data with theory. Sedimentology 46(1), 189-200.

[1] Törnqvist, TE, Kidder, TR, Autin, WJ, Van der Borg, K, De Jong, AFM., Klerks, CJW., Snijders, EMA., Storms, JEA, Van Dam, RL and Wiemann, MC (1996) A revised chronology for Mississippi river subdeltas. Science 273, 1693-1696.  

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Joep Storms

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