PhD Elmas Sinem Ince van der Wal

PhD Elmas Sinem Ince van der Wal
Building A 17, Room 00.16
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Director of  ICGEM Service

Research Interests:

  • Global gravity field determination, geoid modelling
  • LEO missions 
  • Airborne and shipborne gravimetry
  • Spectral analysis in geodesy


  • Since Jan. 2018 - ICGEM Service Director
  • Since Aug. 2016 - Scientist at GFZ
  • 2012 - 2016  Research Associate and Teaching Assistant, YU
  • 2009 - 2011 Research Affiliate, Natural Resources Canada


  • PhD ESSE, Lassonde School of Eng., YU (link to dissertation
    • GOCE Gradiometer Measurement Disturbances and Their Modelling by Means of Ionospheric Dynamics
  • MSc Geomatics Eng., Schulich School of Eng., UofC (link to thesis)
    • Geoid Investigations for the New Vertical Datum in Canada
  • BSc (Hons) Geodesy and Photogrammetry Eng., ITU    


  • PI, GRAV4GEO (Gravitational field modelling of Earth's topography For GEOdetic and GEOphysical applications), DFG Research Grants, since Jan 2023
  • Co-PI, SPACETIME (Investigation of the relationship between the spatiotemporal dynamics of terrestrial water and carbon storage with reference to climate change, land use, land cover, and land management through data-driven modeling over Turkey), BMBF-TÜBiTAK joint project, since Jan 2022
  • Scientist, FAMOS  (Finalising Surveys for the Baltic Motorways of the Sea), 2016-2019

Research Boards and Committees:

  • COST-G ICGEM representative
  • Member of GGOS Consortium
  • Member of GGOS Committee on EGVs
  • Member of GGOS DOI Working Group


  • 2016 Best PhD Dissertation in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Eng., YU
  • 2014 CGU Best Student Paper in all fields of geophysics, Banff, Alberta
  • 2013, 2014 CGU Geodesy Section Award for Best Student Paper
  • 2009 - 2011 RAP Bursary, Natural Resources Canada
  • 2011 Helmut Moritz Graduate Scholarship, UofC
  • 2010 F. R. Helmert Award, UofC
  • 2008-2016 Various Travel Grants

Invited Talks:

  • 2020 SIRGAS Symposia, virtual, invited speaker
  • 2019 ISAG, invited Keynote Speaker
  • 2019 Global Geodetic Reference Frame Symposium, invited Speaker

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