Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



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725Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Senior Lecturer in Global Climate & Environmental Change


  • Composition-climate interactions
  • Short-lived climate pollutants
  • Emissions-radiative forcing-response relationships
  • Wildfire interactions with composition & climate
  • Tropospheric oxidizing capacity
  • Earth observation and Earth system modelling


  • PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK (2008)
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece (2004)
  • BA in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2002)


  • NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies & Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research; Postdoctoral Research Scientist (2009-10) & Associate Research Scientist (2011-12)
  • University of Cambridge, Centre for Atmospheric Science; Research Associate (2008)


  • PI in UKIERI/UGC project Local and Remote influences on Rainfall over India (LORRI) (2014-present).
  • Co-I in NERC Standard Grant project Quantifying and reducing uncertainties in the processes controlling tropospheric ozone and OH (2015-present).
  • Co-Pi in NCEO project Influencing international activity in assessments of climate-chemistry models (2015).
  • Co-I in NASA ACMAP project Utilizing A-Train Satellite Measurements in Conjunction with Global Models to Study the Radiative Impact of Clouds on Tropospheric Composition and Chemistry (2014-present).
  • Expert Adviser in DECC project Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Research Programme, Phase Two (AVOID-2) (2014-present).
  • Co-I in EU Marie Curie IRES project Regional climate-air quality interactions (REQUA)(2013-present).
  • Co-I in NASA ACMAP project The fate and effects of forest fire emissions injected directly into the stratosphere (2013-present).
  • Co-I in NASA ACMAP project Evaluation of emissions and processes in the chemistry-climate system (2011-2014).
  • Co-I in NASA ACMAP project Using and improving an interactive climate-composition model: GISS-PUCCINI (2009-2012).


  • Scientific Steering Committee member and Analysis Lead for Regional Experiments and Mitigation for the Precipitation Drivers and Response Modelling Intercomparison Project (PDRMIP) (2014-present).
  • Analysis Co-Lead on cloud-composition interactions for the Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) (2013-present).
  • Analysis Co-Lead on OH and methane lifetime in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Model Intercomparison Project (ACCMIP), in support of IPCC AR5 (2011-2013).



        Kasoar MR, Shawki D, Voulgarakis A, Similar spatial patterns of global climate response to aerosols from different regions, Npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, ISSN:2397-3722

        Liu L, Shawki D, Voulgarakis A, et al., 2018, A PDRMIP Multimodel Study on the Impacts of Regional Aerosol Forcings on Global and Regional Precipitation, Journal of Climate, Vol:31, ISSN:0894-8755, Pages:4429-4447

        Myhre G, Samset BH, Hodnebrog O, et al., 2018, Sensible heat has significantly affected the global hydrological cycle over the historical period, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

        Richardson TB, Forster PM, Andrews T, et al., 2018, Carbon Dioxide Physiological Forcing Dominates Projected Eastern Amazonian Drying, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:45, ISSN:0094-8276, Pages:2815-2825

        Saunois M, Bousquet P, Poulter B, et al., 2017, Variability and quasi-decadal changes in the methane budget over the period 2000-2012, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:17, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:11135-11161

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