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Dr Thomas Wahl PhD

Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow

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Dr Thomas Wahl Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr Thomas Wahl is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow specialising in coastal risks and climate change within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Through his research Thomas connects engineering and various science disciplines (e.g., oceanography, hydrology, meteorology, climatology) to better understand the vulnerability of coastal societies, built infrastructure, and fragile ecosystems under climate change conditions. He studies changes in coastal sea levels (mean and extreme), ocean waves, and freshwater flows and the associated impacts to support the development of sustainable and resilient adaptation strategies.

Professional Experience and Appointments:

From 03/2016 Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow, Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK

04/2013 – 02/2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, Satellite Oceanography Lab and Ocean Modelling and Prediction Lab, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, USA

12/2012 – 04/2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Centre Shaping the Future, University of Siegen, Germany (on leave 04/2013 – 04/2015)

07/2012 – 11/2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Institute for Water and Environment, University of Siegen, Germany

2011/2012 Guest Researcher, School of Environmental Systems Engineering and UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth (3 months)

05/2007 – 06/2012 Research Assistant, Research Institute for Water and Environment, University of Siegen, Germany



03/2008 – 06/2012 PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Germany

Dissertation: Statistical methods to assess the hydrodynamic boundary conditions for risk based design approaches in coastal engineering – Methods and application to the German North Sea coastline

Supervisor: Prof. Jürgen Jensen; second supervisor: Prof. Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton)

10/2002 – 04/2007 Diploma, Civil Engineering, University of Siegen, Germany

Thesis: Determination of wave impacts on the coastal zone using the numerical wave model SWAN (in German)

Research interests

  • Changes in sea level, storm surges, ocean waves, precipitation, and river discharges
  • (Coastal-)Engineering design concepts
  • Sustainability of human-natural systems in coastal zones
  • Extreme value analysis
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
  • Integrated coastal vulnerability and risk assessment
  • Stochastic and numerical modelling of tides, storm surges, waves, and river flows
  • Multi hazards
  • Coastal processes and hydrodynamics

PhD supervision: Ozgun Oszoy (co-supervisor)

Research project

Coastal flood risk in Europe and the socio-economic impacts in a changing climate (CRISIS)

Thomas joined the University as a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow to work toward improved understanding of coastal flood risk in Europe under present and future climate change conditions. He obtained a Diploma (in 2007) and PhD (in 2012) in Civil Engineering at the University of Siegen in Germany where he was affiliated with the Research Institute for Water and Environment and the interdisciplinary research centre “Shaping the Future”. Before he came to Southampton he spent three years in the United States as a postdoc with the physical oceanography group at the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida.

Dr Thomas Wahl
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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