Drowned Paleolandscapes – a geological record for assessing landscape and environment response to postglacial sea level rise and climate change (RisingSea)

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Katrine Juul Andresen


Associate Professor


Aarhus University


DKK 4,998,358




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The preserved paleolandscapes of the North Sea that were drowned during the postglacial sea level rise 11,000-6,000 years ago, represent a unique geological archive for studying low-topography landscape and environment response to rising sea level and climate change, across large areas and different landscape types, and through a long time scale.


Adaptions for future sea level and climate changes lack a basic understanding and reference framework regarding the natural and long-term adjustments of low-lying areas and environments to rising sea level. The green transition is a window of opportunity for large amounts of offshore windfarm data, but at the same time a strict time constrain for drowned paleolandscape research in the North Sea.


In the RisingSea project, I will use the vast amounts of legacy data from the North Sea together with new targeted 3D seismic data and sediment cores to unlock the preserved geological records, create a Drowned Paleolandscape Atlas with morphological and geophysical characterization of different paleolandscape types, and study the geological processes associated with the flooding.

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