Torben Obel Sonnenborg

  • Øster Voldgade 10
    1350 Copenhagen K
    Denmark

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20032024

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My research interests include hydrogeological modelling, where the description of heterogeneous structures has special focus. The description of fractured chalk, heterogeneous quaternary and pre-qurternary sediments is a main task. This includes estimation of model parameters which has been investigated using advanced calibration techniques (e.g., pilot points).

Saltwater intrusion has also been an area of significant focus, where the impact of climate change and sea level rise have been quantified for various coastal environments.

Hydrological modelling has been another focus area. Estimation of evapotranspiration from different surfaces (agriculture, forest, urban) has been in focus. The main goal has often been to estimate the water balance of a catchment and the associated uncertainty.

Climate change impacts on the hydrology, including adaptation and mitigation has been a focus area during the last couple of decades. Both flooding (primary from grounwater) and draught have been estimated on both rural and urban environments.

Curriculum vitae

Name

Torben Obel Sonnenborg

Date of Birth

23 August 1967

Nationality

Denmark

Education

M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (groundwater hydrology), Technical University of Denmark, 1993.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (flow and transport in fractured porous media), Technical University of Denmark, 1998.

Languages

Danish (mother language), English (excellent), German (good)

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE RECORD

Year

Employer

Position

Activity

2014-

University of Copenhagen

Adjunct Professor

Hydrogeological modeling, climate change impacts

2005-

GEUS

Senior Scientist

Hydrogeological modeling, hydrological modeling, climate change, uncertainty assessment

2004-05

GI, University of Copenhagen

Associate Research Professor

Hydrogeology, geological modeling, uncertainty assessment

2001-04

E&R DTU

Associate professor

Integrated hydrological modeling. Flow and transport in fractured formations.

1993-2001

ISVA, DTU

 

PhD student and Research Assistant

Remediation. Multiphase flow. Flow in fractures. Laboratory experiments.

 

KEY PERSONAL ASSIGNMENTS AND EXPERIENCES

  • Associate editor for Hydrogeology Journal (2005-2010)
  • Referee for Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Nordic Hydrology.
  • Co-organizer for the continued education program EVA (Research based continued education in Water Resources) in cooperation with University of Copenhagen.
  • Supervisor for 25 PhD and 66 M.Sc. students

 

RESEARCH GRANTS (Title; PI/Co-PI; Agency; Period - seleted)

MioMod – Multiple environmental tracer analysis and geological modeling of the deep Miocene aquifer within the Skjern Å catchment; PI; GeoCenter Denmark; 2005-2008

PRECIOUS - Prediction of Climatic Impacts on Pesticide Leaching to the Aquatic Environments; PI; Danish EPA; 2008-2009

HOBE - a Hydrological Observatory and Exploratorium; Co-PI; Villum Found.; 2007-2018

CLIWAT - Adaptive and sustainable water management and protection of society and nature in an extreme climate; Co-PI; Interreg; 2008-2011

HYACINTS - Hydrological Modelling for Assessing Climate Change Impacts at Different Scales; Co-PI; Danish Strategic Research foundation; 2008-2013

AQUACLEW - Advancing QUAlity of CLimate services for European Water; Co-PI; JPI Climate; 2017-2021

INTERCEPTION - Parameterization and quantification of interception loss from local to national scale; Co-PI; GeoCenter Denmark; 2017-2022

 

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