Dr. Felix W. Landerer

  • Ph.D., Oceanography, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology / University of Hamburg / Intl. Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (2004-2007);
  • Diploma (M.Sc.), Geophysics, University of Kiel (1998-2004);

Research Interests: 
  • Analysis of climate-related time-variable gravity (GRACE & geodetic satellites);
  • Evaluation of contributing to global and regional sea level change: steric and non-steric sources, dynamic sea level adjustments, “sea level fingerprints”;
  • Climate change: natural variability and human influence;
  • Earth’s water cycle & associated surface mass redistribution;
  • Comparing Earth System Model simulations against observations: rates and patterns of projected sea level changes vs observations;
  • Earth rotation variations due to atmosphere-ocean-land interactions;

Professional Experience: 


  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology:
    • Research Scientist  (07/2010 - present);
    • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (08/2008 - 06/2010);
  • Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg):
    • Research Assistant (07/2007 - 07/2008);


  • NASA Sea Level Change Team (NSLCT, 2014)
  • Science Teams: GRACE (Satellite gravimetry) & OST (Satellite altimetry)
  • US CLIVAR AMOC (Task Team 1)
  • Scientist for the GRACE and GRACE Follow On Projects;
  • MEaSUREs-2012 (PI): Earth’s surface mass changes
  • PI & Co-I (NASA Physical Oceanography);
  • NASA obs4MIPs Working Group
  • IPCC-AR5 Contributing Author (2013, Chapter-09)
  • National Climate Assessment (NCA) Report Contributing Author (2014)
  • NASA obs4MIPs Working Group (2012)

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008);
  • Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements (2008);

Selected Publications: 
Peer Reviewed
  1. Volkov, D.L., Landerer, F.W. (2014), Internal and external forcing of sea level variability in the Black Sea, Clim. Dyn., subm.
  2. Watkins, M. M., D. N. Wiese, D.-N. Yuan, C. Boening, F. W. Landerer (2014), Improved methods for observing Earth's time variable mass distribution with GRACE, JGR, subm.
  3. W. Llovel, J.K. Willis, F.W. Landerer and I. Fukumori (2014), Deep-ocean contribution to sea level and energy budget not detectable over the past decade, Nature Climate Change, 4, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2387.
  4. Durack, P., Gleckler, P.J., Landerer, F.W., Taylor, K. (2014), Quantifying Underestimates of Long-term Upper-Ocean Warming, Nature Climate Change, 4, doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2389.
  5. Walsh, J., D. Wuebbles, K. Hayhoe, J. Kossin, K. Kunkel, G. Stephens, P. Thorne, R. Vose, M. Wehner, J. Willis, D. Anderson, S. Doney, R. Feely, P. Hennon, V. Kharin, T. Knutson, F. Landerer, T. Lenton, J. Kennedy, and R. Somerville (2014), Ch. 2: Our Changing Climate. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 19-67. doi:10.7930/J0KW5CXT.
  6. Argus, D.F., Fu, Y., F.W. Landerer (2014), Seasonal variation in total water storage in California inferred from GPS observations of vertical land motion, Geophys. Res. Lett. 10.1002/2014GL059570
  7. Volkov, D. L.; F.W. Landerer (2013), Non-seasonal fluctuations of the Arctic Ocean mass observed by GRACE , J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/2013JC009341.
  8. Landerer, F.W.; Gleckler, P. & Lee, T. (2013), Evaluation of CMIP5 dynamic sea surface height multi-model simulations against satellite observations Climate Dynamics, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1-13.
  9. Volkov, D. L.; Landerer, F. W. & Kirillov, S. A. (2013), The genesis of sea level variability in the Barents Sea, Continental Shelf Research, 66, 92 – 104.
  10. Fasullo, J. T., C. Boening, F. W. Landerer, and R. S. Nerem (2013), Australia's unique influence on global sea level in 2010–2011, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 4368–4373, doi:10.1002/grl.50834.
  11. Ivins E. R. T. S. James, J. Wahr, E. J. O. Schrama, F.W. Landerer, K.M. Simon (2013): Antarctic Contribution to Sea-level Rise Observed by GRACE with Improved GIA Correction, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118, doi:10.1002/jgrb.50208.
  12. Lee T., D.E. Waliser, J. Li, F. W. Landerer, and M. M. Gierach (2013): Evaluation of CMIP3 and CMIP5 Wind Stress Climatology Using Satellite Measurements and Atmospheric Reanalysis Products, J. Climate 26, 5810-5826, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00591.1.
  13. Landerer, F. W., and D. L. Volkov (2013), The anatomy of recent large sea level fluctuations in the Mediterranean Sea, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50140.
  14. Perrette, M., Landerer, F., Riva, R., Frieler, K., and Meinshausen, M. (2013): A scaling approach to project regional sea level rise and its uncertainties, Earth Syst. Dynam., 4, 11-29, doi:10.5194/esd-4-11-2013.
  15. Shi, M., Z.-L. Yang, and F. W. Landerer (2013), Representing and evaluating the landscape freeze/thaw properties and their impacts on soil impermeability: Hydrological processes in the community land model version 4, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 7542-7557, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50576.
  16. Boening, C., M. Lebsock, F. Landerer, and G. Stephens (2012), Snowfall-driven mass change on the East Antarctic ice sheet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L21501, doi:10.1029/2012GL053316.
  17. Boening, C., J.K. Willis, F.W. Landerer, R.S. Nerem, J. Fasullo (2012): The 2011 La Niña: So Strong, the Oceans Fell, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2012GL053055
  18. Zlotnicki V., S. Bettadpur, F. Landerer and M. Watkins (2012): Remote Sensing of Earth's Gravity Field (GRACE). Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Springer.
  19. Landerer, F. W., and S. C. Swenson (2012), Accuracy of scaled GRACE terrestrial water storage estimates, Water Resour. Res., 48, W04531, doi:10.1029/2011WR011453.
  20. Landerer, F. W., J. O. Dickey, and A. Guentner, 2010: Terrestrial water budget of the Eurasian pan Arctic from GRACE satellite measurements during 2003-2009, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D23115, doi:10.1029/2010JD014584.
  21. Roemmich, D., Willis, J., Gilson, J., Stammer, D., Koehl, A., Yemenis, T., Chambers, D. P., Landerer, F. W., Marotzke, J., Gregory, J. Suzuki, T., Church, J., White, N., Domingues, C., Cazenave, A. and LeTraon, P.-Y., 2010: Global Ocean warming and sea level rise. In: Understanding Sea-Level Rise and Variability, Blackwell Publishing.
  22. Landerer, F. W., Jungclaus, J. H., Marotzke, J., 2009: Long-term polar motion excited by ocean thermal expansion, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L17603, doi:10.1029/2009GL039692.
  23. Landerer, F. W., Jungclaus, J. H., Marotzke, J., 2008: ENSO Signals in Sea Level, Surface Mass Redistribution, and Degree-Two Geoid Coefficients, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C08014, doi:10.1029/2008JC004767.
  24. Landerer, F. W., Jungclaus, J. H., Marotzke, J., 2007: Ocean Bottom Pressure Changes Lead to a Decreasing Length-of-Day in a Warming Climate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L06307, doi:10.1029/2006GL029106.
  25. Landerer, F. W., Jungclaus, J. H., Marotzke, J., 2007: Regional dynamic and steric sea level change in response to the IPCC-A1B scenario, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 37, 296--312.

Other Publications

  1. Landerer, F. W., 2007: Sea level and hydrological mass redistribution in the Earth system: variability and anthropogenic change, Ph.D. thesis, Hamburg.
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