Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Senior Lecturer



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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).



        Richardson TB, Forster PM, Andrews T, et al., 2018, Drivers of Precipitation Change: An Energetic Understanding, Journal of Climate, Vol:31, ISSN:0894-8755, Pages:9641-9657

        Kasoar M, Shawki D, Voulgarakis A, 2018, Similar spatial patterns of global climate response to aerosols from different regions, Npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, Vol:1

        Nowack P, Braesicke P, Haigh J, et al., 2018, Using machine learning to build temperature-based ozone parameterizations for climate sensitivity simulations, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:13, ISSN:1748-9326

        Ryan E, Wild O, Voulgarakis A, et al., 2018, Fast sensitivity analysis methods for computationally expensive models with multi-dimensional output, Geoscientific Model Development, Vol:11, ISSN:1991-959X, Pages:3131-3146

        Tang T, Shindell D, Samset BH, et al., 2018, Dynamical response of Mediterranean precipitation to greenhouse gases and aerosols, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:18, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:8439-8452

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