Dr.ir. D.C. (Cornelis) Slobbe


Cornelis Slobbe graduated with a B.ASc degree (cum laude) in geodesy/ geoinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and a M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in geomatics from Delft University of Technology. In 2013, he received his Ph.D (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology with a thesis on the roadmap to a mutually consistent set of offshore vertical reference frames. From 2013 to 2014 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the Vertical reference frame for the Netherlands mainland, Wadden islands and continental shelf (NEVREF) project at Delft University of Technology. In 2014, he was appointed as an assistant professor in the section of Physical and Space Geodesy at the same university.


Cornelis Slobbe is a geodesist with interest in applications of satellite altimetry and hydrodynamic models in geodesy, cryospheric studies, and oceanography. His current research concentrates on i) the application of model-based hydrodynamic levelling in realizing high-accuracy regional vertical reference frames, ii) the development of satellite radar altimeter-based and model-based retrievals of water levels in coastal waters and leads, iii) the use of satellite altimetery and hydrodynamic models to study the causes of water level variations, and iv) the development and application of satellite radar altimeter data processing techniques over continental ice sheets. His past research was mainly focussed on the development of high-resolution, high-accurate vertical reference frames.

MSc courses:

  • 2014 onwards: CIE4606 - Geodesy and Remote Sensing [5 ECTS], Course manager;
  • 2017 onwards: CIE4610 – Gravity, Geodynamics and Climate Change [4 ECTS], guest lecturer;

BSc courses:

  • 2018 onwards: AESB1242 – Grand Challenges and Applied Earth Sciences [9 ECTS], lecturer;
  • Afrasteh, Y., Slobbe, D. C., Verlaan, M., Sacher, M., Klees, R., Guarneri, H., Keyzer, L., Pietrzak, J., Snellen, M., & Zijl, F. (2021). The potential impact of hydrodynamic leveling on the quality of the European vertical reference frame. Journal of Geodesy, 95(8), [90]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00190-021-01543-3
  • Bij de Vaate, I., Vasulkar, A. N., Slobbe, D. C., & Verlaan, M. (2021). The Influence of Arctic Landfast Ice on Seasonal Modulation of the M2 Tide. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126(5), 1-16. [e2020JC016630]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JC016630
  • Kleinherenbrink, M., Naeije, M., Slobbe, D. C., Egido, A., & Smith, W. (2020). The performance of CryoSat-2 fully-focussed SAR for inland water-level estimation. Remote Sensing of Environment, 237, [111589]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2019.111589
  • Slobbe, D. C., Klees, R., Farahani, H. H., Huisman, L., Alberts, B., Voet, P., & Doncker, F. D. (2019). The Impact of Noise in a GRACE/GOCE Global Gravity Model on a Local Quasi-Geoid. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124(3), 3219-3237. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016470
  • Slobbe, D. C., Klees, R., Verlaan, M., Zijl, F., Alberts, B., & Farahani, H. H. (2018). Height system connection between island and mainland using a hydrodynamic model: a case study connecting the Dutch Wadden islands to the Amsterdam ordnance datum (NAP). Journal of Geodesy, 92(12), 1439-1456. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00190-018-1133-3
  • Slobbe, D. C., Sumihar, J., Frederikse, T., Verlaan, M., Klees, R., Zijl, F., Hashemi Farahani, H., & Broekman, R. (2017). A Kalman filter approach to realize the lowest astronomical tide surface. Marine Geodesy, 41(1), 44-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/01490419.2017.1391900
  • Slobbe, D. C., Klees, R., & Gunter, BC. (2014). Realization of a consistent set of vertical reference surfaces in coastal areas. Journal of Geodesy, 2014, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00190-014-0709-9
  • Slobbe, D. C., Verlaan, M., Klees, R., & Gerritsen, H. (2013). Obtaining instantaneous water levels relative to a geoid with a 2D storm surge model. Continental Shelf Research, 52(January), 172-189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2012.10.002
  • Slobbe, D. C., Ditmar, P., & Lindenbergh, R. C. (2009). Estimating the rates of mass change, ice volume change and snow volume change in Greenland from ICESat and GRACE data. Geophysical Journal International, 176(1), 95-106. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2008.03978.x


More publications

Past projects:

  • Brining Land And Sea Together (BLAST);
  • Vertical control of NAP 2013 – the contribution of groundwater and soil moisture variations to absolute gravity variations at Kootwijk and Wageningen;
  • Vertical Reference Frame for the Netherlands Mainland, Wadden Islands and Continental Shelf (NEVREF);
  • NAP and the European Vertical Reference System EVRS;
  • Stability of Caribbean coastal Ecosystems under future Extreme Sea level changes (SCENES); 

Ongoing projects:

  • Versatile Hydrodynamics - A synergistic development of tomorrow’s marine navigation products; 
  • Forecast Arctic Surges and Tides for the Netherlands (FAST4Nl);
  • A fully-focussed SAR altimetry coastal water level processor – application to the Rhine region of freshwater influence;
  • Assessing firn processes from multi-source satellite data;

Cornelis Slobbe

Assistant professor

  • +31 15 27 84543
  • D.C.Slobbe@tudelft.nl
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