Research Fellow (IERSD/NOA), Ph.D.

Atmospheric Physics

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Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens, I. Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou, P. Penteli (Lofos Koufou), 15236 Athens, Greece


Born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1979. His academic training has focused both on applied meteorology and climatology. As a graduate student (NKUA Physics Department) he acquired knowledge and experience on synoptic meteorology and the investigation of climatic indices. During his post-graduate training he expanded his expertise on mesoscale atmospheric modeling and forecasting, ranging from the regional scale down to the microscale. In his Ph.D. work he expanded his investigation on boundary layer turbulence over heterogeneous surfaces by utilizing the Large Eddy Simulation (LES) technique and by dynamically coupling a land surface model (LSM) to a sophisticated LES code. He has a long experience in running the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model and has carried out research on regional and microscale climatic conditions and dust transport in the atmosphere. By further developing the use of the WRF model and its urban canopy modeling capabilities he has investigated in depth the interaction between the urban landscape and the overlying atmosphere, also proposing mitigation strategies to alleviate the impact of the urban heat island effect in modern urban morphology, both for present climatic conditions and future projections.

Research Interests:

Atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) physics, Land – atmosphere interactions, Large Eddy Simulation (LES) over heterogeneous surfaces, Mesoscale atmospheric & dust transport simulations, Data assimilation (3D-Var, 4D-Var), Urban microclimate and urban planning.

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