Troels Aagaard

Troels Aagaard

Associate Professor

Place of work
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
University of Copenhagen
Øster Voldgade 10
DK 1350 København K
Phone: +45 35322511 (direct)
3532 2500 (switch board)

Education and employment
MSc 1986, PhD 1989, DSc 2003

1996-2011: Associate Professor, Inst. of Geography, University of Copenhagen.
2011-  : Associate Professor 'with special qualifications', Dep. Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Univ. Copenhagen

Fellowships and awards 

1993-1994        Department of Geography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Postdoctoral fellowship, awarded by the Danish Natural Sciences Research Council

1993                Awarded the Niels Nielsen prize by the Royal Danish Geographical Society

1992                International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada. Award received from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada. 

1991                International Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada. Award received from Award received from NATO.


Author or co-author of 112 publications:

70 refereed journal (42 as first author) and 26 proceedings papers, 7 books or book chapters and 9 other publications (see list of publications).

Web of Science: 65 publications, 1333 citations, h = 21

Google Scholar: 2858 citations, h = 29


General area of research: Coastal geomorphology. Main research themes: Coastal morphodynamics; coastal processes and sediment transport; nearshore hydrodynamics and coastal oceanography; sea level change and coastal response; coastal landscape evolution; coasts and climate; coastal development in tropical areas; coastal management.

Extensive field work and participation in major field experiments (19 in total) on beaches in Denmark, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana and the Netherlands.


 Served as grant holder (and PI) unless otherwise stated

1994-1996: “Morphodynamics of Storm-surge Shorelines- MOSS”.  Total budget 1.03 mill. DKK. Funded by the Danish Natural Sciences Research Council (DNSRC). Participants: U. Copenhagen, U.Toronto and U. Guelph.

1998-2001: “Sediment Transport and Morphological Development in a barrier-lagoon system”. Total budget 2.45 mill. DKK; share 33%. Funded by DNSRC. Co-PI and WP-leader.  

2000-2005: “Coasts and tidal inlets - processes, morphology and modelling”. Project headed and coordinated by the Danish Technical University (Rolf Deigaard). Project duration 2000-2005. Total sum allocated to the Institute of Geography: 1.96 mill. DKK. Funded by the Danish Technical Sciences Research Council.  Co-PI and WP-leader.

2001: Travel grant funded by the DNSRC. Six-month research visit to the University of Waikato, NZ and the University of Sydney, AUS.

2002-2004: ”Sediment fluxes in a barrier-spit system: response to changing environmental conditions”.. Total budget: 0.9 mill DKK; share 39%. Funded by the DNSRC. Co-PI and WP-leader.

2002-2005: “CoastView - Video monitoring of littoral processes in support of coastal-zone management”.. Project headed and coordinated by the University of Plymouth with 12 European universities and organisations comprising 32 individuals involved. Total budget for the Institute of Geography: 196,000 Euro. Funded by the European Commission (FP5 project, contract no EVK3-CT-2001-00054). Co-PI 

2004:  “Sediment transport and large-scale profile evolution on accreting and eroding beaches”. Instrument grant funded by the DNSRC (0.3 mill DKK).

2005: ”Dynamics of prograding beaches: Sediment transport, morphodynamics and sediment budgets” PI and project coordinator. Funded by DNSRC.   

2006-2008: Morphodynamics of accreting beaches: Sediment transport and sediment budgets”. Total amount: 0.8 mill. DKK, funded by DNSRC. Participants: U.Copenhagen, U.Toronto, U. Sydney.

2010-2013: “Sediment Supply to Beaches: Sea level Rise and Coastal Evolution (S-STOB)”.  Amount: 1.33 mio DKK, funded by DNSRC. Participants: U.Copenhagen, U.Toronto, U.Sydney, U.Queensland.  

2015-2019 “Surf zone turbulence and sand Transport (TASTI)”. Total amount 2.6 mio DKK. Funded by DFF-FNU. Participants: U.Copenhagen, U.Utrecht, U Wollongong, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. .

2017-2018 “Storm impacts on coastal and shallow-marine environments”. Co-PI and WP-leader. Funded by the Velux-foundation.

2018-2019 “Sanddynamikkens betydning I kystområder”. Co-PI and WP-leader. Funded by the Velux foundation


Leader of field research experiments at Skallingen, Denmark (1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010), Staengehus Beach, Denmark (1998), Egmond, The Netherlands (2002), Vejers Beach, Denmark (2006, 2007, 2016), Pearl Beach, NSW, Australia (2011), Fanø, Denmark (2012) and Durras Beach, NSW, Australia (2017).



Physical Geography (1st year geography level).

Coastal Processes and Geomorphology (course responsible; bachelor-level course)

Field courses in Geomorphology and Surveying Techniques (1st year course).

Field and methods courses Ghana (course responsible 2015 & 2018; masters-level course)

Coastal Geoscience (course responsible; masters-level course)

Numerical Modelling in Fluvial and Coastal Environments (course responsible; masters-level course).




2017                Main organizer, Coastal Dynamics 2017, Elsinore, Denmark. International scientific conference, 220 participants.

1997-               Session chair at following conferences: Coastal Dynamics 1997, 2005, 2013, 2017; Coastal Sediments 1999, 2003, 2007; International Coastal Symposium 2000, 2011; International Coastal Engineering Conference 1998


2017              Solicited speaker, European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria

2004              Keynote speaker, 6th Int. Conference on Tidal Sedimentology; Copenhagen, Denmark. 




2013-2018      Member of the Danish Natural Sciences Research Council (FNU)

2018              PhD committee, Department of Geography, Univ.of Utrecht, The Netherlands (Joost Brinkkemper).

2014:            PhD assessment committee (head), IGN, KU (Lasse Sander).

2014             PhD assessment committee (head), IGN, KU (Alina Kabuth).

2008              Assessment committee (head) associate professorship, IGN, KU, Denmark,

2008              PhD committee, Department of Geography, Univ.Plymouth, UK (Daniel Buscombe)

2006              PhD committee, School of Geosciences, Univ.Sydney, Australia (Felicia Weir)

2004              PhD committee, Dept Geography, Univ Loughborough, UK (Aafke Tonk)

2000              PhD committee, School Mathematical & Physical Sciences, James Cook Univ, Australia

1998              PhD committee, Department of Geography, Univ.of Utrecht, The Netherlands (Gerben Ruessink).


Scientific journals

2017-2018       Guest Editor, Ocean Dynamics

2000-              Research proposal reviews for National Science Foundation (NSF), Australian Research Council (ARC), Netherlands Research Council (NOW), Netherlands Council Earth and Life Sciences (ALW), Research Council of Chile (FONDECYT)

1998 –              Editorial Board, Marine Geology

1992 – 1998     Editorial Board, Journal of Coastal Research

1992 –              Reviewer for following journals: Science, Marine Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Science Reviews, Geomorphology, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Coastal Research, Continental Shelf Research, Coastal Engineering, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Harbour Engineering (ASCE), Progress in Physical Geography, Journal of Coastal Conservation, Earth Surface Dynamics (EGU).

Research proposal assessments for:

NSF – National Science Foundation, ARC – Australian Research Council, 

 NWO – Netherlands Research Council, ALW - Netherlands Council Earth and Life Sciences, FONDECYT – Research Council of Chile, Marsden Foundation, New Zealand



2013-2018       Steering committee member, Commission on Coastal Systems, International Geographical Union.

2006 –             Member, Research Network “DANCORE” (Danish Coastal Research) and its predecessor “ENCORA



Prof. Gerben Ruessink, Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, The Netherlands. Turbulence and sediment transport in the surf zone.

Dr Michael Hughes, Department of Geosciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. Turbulence and sediment transport in the surf zone.

Prof Edward J Anthony, CEREGE Aix-Marseille University, France. Sand supply to beaches.

Dr Verner B Ernstsen, GEUS, Denmark. Sediment dynamics and biodiversity,

Dr Michael Olesen, Rambøll, Denmark. Sediment dynamics and biodiversity,


2015-     Contributing to TRAP Danmark (Descriptions of the Danish coasts)

2014-     Member of the ad hoc committee for Management of the North Zealand Coast in a Climate Change Perspective.

2013      Course in Project Management for Researchers Module 1 (at Copenhagen University).

2010      PUMA-course in PhD-student supervision (at Copenhagen University)

2005-2007 Head of the research cluster ‘Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Research’ (CEM) at the

              Inst. Geography, University of Copenhagen.

2004      Visiting Scholar, School of Geosciences, Queen’s University of Belfast, U.K.

2001      Visiting Scholar, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Visiting scholar, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia

2003-2019: Hosting following international researchers: Remco Belonje, Erasmus-student Univ.Utrecht (2019), Joost Brinkkemper, PhD student, Univ.Utrecht (2016), Dr Florin Tatui, postdoc, Univ. Bucharest (2015), Hannah Power, PhD student, Univ. Brisbane (2010), Dr Michael Hughes, Univ.Sydney (2006), Gary Galbraith, PhD student, Queens Univ., Belfast (2005), Prof. Brian Greenwood, Univ.Toronto (2005), Prof. Patrick Hesp, Massey University, New Zealand (2003). 


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