Research focus: ocean circulation, marine plastic pollution and public engagement
Erik van Sebille is an oceanographer and climate scientist. His research focuses on how ocean currents transport heat, nutrients, marine organisms and plastic litter. He builds computer models to simulate the transport of this ‘stuff’ in the ocean. He is also affiliated with the Freudenthal Institute, where he leads research into the effectivity of Public Engagement activities and the role of academics in society, within the context of Open Science.
In 2023, Erik started the NWO Vici project "Tracing Marine Macroplastics by Unraveling the Ocean’s Multiscale Transport Processes". Previously, he led the "Tracking Of Plastic In Our Seas" (TOPIOS) project, funded by a 5-year (2017-2022) ERC Starting Grant. He is also lead developer of the OceanParcels code, an open-source framework to simulate how ocean currents transport 'stuff' around. Erik is member of The Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). In 2024, he was appointed member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW).
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Group pages can be found at oceanparcels.org/utrechtteam and uu.nl/en/research/freudenthal-institute/public-engagement-and-science-communication
Video of prof. Van Sebille's Inaugural lecture ("oratie") on 16 May 2023
The text of the oratie can be accessed via this news article.
Video by the European Research Council on the TOPIOS.org project
Public lecture for Universiteit van Nederland
Public presentation at the 2018 Betweter Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands
Keynote presentation at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, CA