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.
The focus of his current research is

  • high-resolution and high-accuracy vertical reference frame realization
  • to extend the potential of hydrodynamic models for geodetic and hydrographic applications
  • to develop new techniques to process SAR altimetry data. He is member of the subcomission Marine Geodesy of the Nederlands Centrum voor Geodesie en Geo-informatica.

Research theme

  • Gravity Field


Cornelis Slobbe is a geodesist with interest in applications of satellite altimetry and hydrodynamic models in geodesy, hydrography, cryospheric studies and oceanography. His current research concentrates on onshore and offshore vertical reference frame realization and several applications of hydrodynamic models in geodesy and hydrography. Furthermore, he aims to improve SAR altimetry data processing over the continental ice sheets. In his past research, he focused on ice sheet elevation change estimation using ICESat data and ice sheet mass and volume change estimation using both GRACE and ICESat data.

Key publications

  • Slobbe, D. C., R. Klees, et al. (2014). “Realization of a consistent set of vertical reference surfaces in coastal areas.” Journal of Geodesy 88(6): 601-615.
  • Slobbe, D. C., R. Klees (2014). “The impact of the dynamic sea surface topography on the quasi-geoid in shallow coastal waters.” Journal of Geodesy 88(3): 241-261, DOI 10.1007/s00190-013-0679-3.
  • Slobbe, D. C., R. Klees, M. Verlaan, L. L. Dorst, H. Gerritsen (2013). “Lowest Astronomical Tide in the North Sea Derived from a Vertically Referenced Shallow Water Model, and an Assessment of its Suggested Sense of Safety.” Marine Geodesy 36(1): 31-71, DOI 10.1080/01490419.2012.743493.
  • Slobbe, D. C., M. Verlaan, R. Klees, H. Gerritsen (2013). “Obtaining instantaneous water levels relative to a geoid with a 2D storm surge model.” Continental Shelf Research 52(0): 172-189, DOI 10.1016/j.csr.2012.10.002.
  • Slobbe, D. C., F. J. Simons, R. Klees (2012). “The spherical Slepian basis as a means to obtain spectral consistency between mean sea level and the geoid.” Journal of Geodesy 86(8): 609-628, DOI 10.1007/s00190-012-0543-x.
  • Slobbe, D. C., P. Ditmar, R. C. Lindenbergh (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.
  • Slobbe, D. C., R. C. Lindenbergh, P. Ditmar (2008). “Estimation of volume change rates of Greenland's ice sheet from ICESat data using overlapping footprints.” Remote Sensing of Environment 112(12): 4204-4213.

More publications

Educational activities

MSc courses:

  • 2014 onwards: CIE4606 - Geodesy and Remote Sensing [5 ECTS];
  • 2014 onwards: CIE4607 - Oceans, sea-level and bathymetry (teaching assistant) [4 ECTS].

Supervised theses
MSc Theses:

BSc Theses:

  • Goedhart, W. (2010) Towards a new marine geoid for the North Sea area, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, 60 pp.


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;

Ongoing projects:

  • 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); 

Cornelis Slobbe

Assistant professor

  • +31 15 27 84543
  • D.C.Slobbe@tudelft.nl
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

    Building 23

    Stevinweg 1 / PO box 5048

    2628 CN Delft / 2600 GA Delft

    Room number: 2.16


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