Spyrou Christos

Christos Spyrou
Associate Researcher

Biographical note

Dr. Christos Spyrou got his degree in Physics from the Department of Physics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) in 2002. On 2004 he got his Master’s Degree on Environmental Physics and Meteorology from NKUA and on 2011 he successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Development Of Algorithms For The Calculation Of The Feedback Of Naturally Produced Particles Of Radiative Transfer And Energy Balance”. He has worked in the framework of more than 20 Projects funded by the EU and the Greek Government as a Senior Researcher. He has 38 original publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and an h-index of 17 (Source: Scopus). He has more than 50 publications in conference proceedings and international workshops. He is the co-author of 5 book chapters on desert dust, the radiative feedbacks of aerosols and numerical modeling and he is a reviewer in 19 international scientific journals. He was in charge of the SKIRON/Eta model operational forecasts of the Atmospheric Modelling and Weather Forecasting Group of NKUA from 2008 up to 2018. He has extensive experience in the numerical models WRF-Chem, ETA and LAPS. His scientific interests include numerical weather prediction, air-sea interactions, data assimilation, air pollution, desert dust and climate change. In 2018 he was assigned the teaching of the “Climate Change” course in the Geography Department of Harokopio University of Athens. In 2020 he became a member of the ReACT team (Remote sensing of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases) of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens. In January 2023 he became an Associate Researcher in the Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens.

Book Chapters:

  1. George Varlas, Marios Anagnostou, Christos Spyrou, Aikaterini Pappa, Angeliki Mentzafou, Anastasios Papadopoulos, John Kalogiros, Petros Katsafados and Silas Michaelides: Chapter 22 “Multiplatform hydrometeorological analysis of a flood flash event” of Silas Michaelides (ed.) 2021: “Precipitation Science: Measurement, Remote Sensing, Microphysics and Modeling”, First Edition. Elsevier (Paperback ISBN: 9780128229736), pp 689 – 741.
  2. Petros Katsafados, Elias Mavromatidis and Christos Spyrou, July 2020: “Numerical Weather Prediction and Data Assimilation”, Vol. 6. Print ISBN:9781786301413 Online ISBN:9781119560463.doi:10.1002/9781119560463. iSTE Ltd 2020, Wiley
  3. George Kallos, Christina Mitsakou, Andres Alastuey, John van Ardenne, Marina Astitha, Michael Cusack, Ulrike Doering, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Nikolaos Hatzianastassiou, Maria Kanakidou, Jonilda Kushta, Jos Lelieveld, Zev Levin, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Millán Millán, Josè L. Palau, N. Perez, Jorge Pey, Xavier Querol, Stavros Solomos, Christos Spyrou, Chris Theodosi, Christos Zerefos: Vol.1 – Part I - Chapter 4: “Mechanisms of climate variability, air quality and impacts of atmospheric constituents in the Mediterranean Region”, Regional Assessment Climate Change in the Mediterranean (RACCM), Springer (ISBN:978-94-007-5780-6 ISSN:15740919) 2013. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5781-3_4.
  4. George Kallos, Petros Katsafados and Christos Spyrou: Part II – Chapter 5: “Desert dust uptake-transport and deposition mechanisms – impacts of dust on radiation, clouds and precipitation” of Gualtieri C. and D.T. Mihailovic, (eds.) 2012: “Fluid Mechanics of Environmental Interfaces”, Second Edition. Taylor & Francis Ltd (ISBN 978-0-415-62156-4), pp.107.
  5. P. Kishcha,  P. Alpert,  A. Shtivelman,  S.O. Krichak,  J.H. Joseph,  G. Kallos,  P. Katsafados,  C. Spyrou,  G.P. Gobbi,  F. Barnaba,  S. Nickovic,  C. Perez,  J.M. Baldasano: Chapter 1.5: “Assessment of dust forecast errors by using lidar measurements over Rome” in Developments in Environmental Science Volume 6, Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XVIII - Edited by Carlos Borrego and Eberhard Renner. ISBN: 978-0-444-52987-9. ISSN:1474-8177/DOI:10.1016/S1474-8177(07)06015-9, 44-54, 2007

Teaching Experience:

  1. 2018: Independent teaching assignment of the “Climate Change” course in the Geography Department of Harokopio University of Athens. 

Latest Publications in peer review scientific journals:

  1. Drakaki, E., Amiridis, V., Tsekeri, A., Gkikas, A., Proestakis, E., Mallios, S., Solomos, S., Spyrou, C., Marinou, E., Ryder, C. L., Bouris, D., and Katsafados, P.: Modeling coarse and giant desert dust particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 12727–12748, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-12727-2022, 2022.
  2. Spyrou, C.; Loupis, M.; Charizopoulos, N.; Arvanitis, P.; Mentzafou, A.; Dimitriou, E.; Debele, S.E.; Sahani, J.; Kumar, P. Evaluating Nature‐Based Solution for Flood Reduction in Spercheios River Basin Part 2: Early Experimental Evidence. Sustainability, 2022, 14, 10345. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141610345
  3. Spyrou, C.; Solomos, S.; Bartsotas, N.S.; Douvis, K.C.; Nickovic, S. Development of a Dust Source Map for WRF-Chem Model Based on MODIS NDVI. Atmosphere, 2022, 13, 868. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13060868
  4. Bourma, E., Perivoliotis, L, Petihakis, G., Korres, G., Frangoulis, C., Ballas, D., Zervakis, V., Tragou, E., Katsafados, P., Spyrou, C., M., Dassenakis, S., Poulos, P., Megalofonou, S., Sofianos, T., Paramana, G., Katsaounis, A., Karditsa, S., Petrakis, A.-M. Mavropoulou, V., Paraskevopoulou, N., Milatou, P., Pagonis, S., Velanas, M., Ntoumas, I., Mamoutos, M., Pettas, S., Christodoulaki, D., Kassis, M., Sotiropoulou, A., Mavroudi, A., Moira, D., Denaxa, G., Anastasopoulou, E., Potiris, V., Kolovogiannis, A.-A., Dimitrakopoulos, S., Petalas 3 and N., Zissis, 2022. The Hellenic Marine Observing, Forecasting and Technology System—An Integrated Infrastructure for Marine Research. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2022, 10, 329. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10030329.
  5. Prashant Kumar, Sisay E. Debele, Jeetendra Sahani, Nidhi Rawat, Belen Marti-Cardona, Silvia Maria Alfieri, Bidroha Basu, Arunima Sarkar Basu, Paul Bowyer, Nikos Charizopoulos, Glauco Gallotti, Juvonen Jaakko, Laura S. Leo, Michael Loupis, Massimo Menenti, Slobodan B. Mickovski, Seung-Jae Mun, Alejandro Gonzalez-Ollauri, Jan Pfeiffer, Francesco Pilla, Julius Proll, Martin Rutzinger, Marco Antonio Santo, Srikanta Sannigrahi, Christos Spyrou, Heikki Tuomenvirta, Thomas Zieher (2021). Nature-based solutions efficiency evaluation against natural hazards: Modelling methods, advantages and limitations, Science of The Total Environment, 784, 2021, 147058, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147058.
  6. Glauco Gallotti, Marco Antonio Santo, Ilektra Apostolidou, Jacopo Alessandri, Alberto Armigliato, Bidroha Basu, Sisay Debele, Alessio Domeneghetti, Alejandro Gonzalez-Ollauri, Prashant Kumar, Angeliki Mentzafou,  Francesco Pilla, Beatrice Pulvirenti, Paolo Ruggieri, Jeetendra Sahani, Aura Salmivaara, Arunima Sarkar Basu, Christos Spyrou, Nadia Pinardi, Elena Toth, Silvia Unguendoli, Umesh Pranavam Ayyappan Pillai, Andrea Valentini, George Varlas, Giorgia Verri, Filippo Zaniboni and Silvana Di Sabatino (2021). On the Management of Nature-Based Solutions in Open-Air Laboratories: New Insights and Future Perspectives. Resources, 2021, 10, 36. https://doi.org/10.3390/resources10040036
  7. Christos Spyrou, Michael Loupis, Nikos Charizopoulos, Ilektra Apostolidou, Angeliki Mentzafou, George Varlas, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Elias Dimitriou, Depy Panga, Lamprini Gkeka, Paul Bowyer, Susanne Pfeifer, Sisay E. Debele and Prashant Kumar (2021) Evaluating Nature-Based Solution for Flood Reduction in Spercheios River Basin under Current and Future Climate Conditions, Sustainability 2021, 13, 3885. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073885
  8. Prashant Kumar, Sisay E. Debele, Jeetendra Sahani, Nidhi Rawat, Belen Marti-Cardona, Silvia Maria Alfieri, Bidroha Basu, Arunima Sarkar Basu, Paul Bowyer, Nikos Charizopoulos, Juvonen Jaakko, Michael Loupis, Massimo Menenti, Slobodan B. Mickovski, Jan Pfeiffer, Francesco Pilla, Julius Pröll, Beatrice Pulvirenti, Martin Rutzinger, Srikanta Sannigrahi, Christos Spyrou, Heikki Tuomenvirta, Zoran Vojinovic, Thomas Zieher (2021). An overview of monitoring methods for assessing the performance of nature-based solutions against natural hazards, Earth-Science Reviews, 217 (2021) 103603, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103603.
  9. George Varlas, Eleni Marinou, Anna Gialitaki, Nikolaos Siomos, Konstantinos Tsarpalis, Nikolaos Kalivitis, Stavros Solomos, Alexandra Tsekeri, Christos Spyrou, Maria Tsichla, Anna Kampouri, Vassilis Vervatis, Elina Giannakaki, Vassilis Amiridis, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos , Anastasios Papadopoulos and Petros Katsafados, (2021) Assessing Sea-State Effects on Sea-Salt Aerosol Modeling in the Lower Atmosphere Using Lidar and In-Situ Measurements, Remote Sensing, 2021, 13, 614, https://doi:10.3390/rs13040614.
  10. Kampouri, A., Amiridis, V., Solomos, S., Gialitaki, A., Marinou, E., Spyrou, C., Georgoulias, A.K., Akritidis, D., Papagiannopoulos, N., Mona, L., Scollo, S., Tsichla, M., Tsikoudi, I., Pytharoulis, I., Karacostas, T., Zanis, P., (2021) Investigation of Volcanic Emissions in the Mediterranean: “The Etna–Antikythera Connection”. Atmosphere 2021, 12, 40.
  11. Christos Spyrou, George Varlas, Aikaterini Pappa, Angeliki Mentzafou, Petros Katsafados, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Marios N. Anagnostou and John Kalogiros, (2020) Implementation of a Nowcasting Hydrometeorological System for Studying Flash Flood Events: The Case of Mandra, Greece, Remote Sensing 2020, 12, 2784; doi:10.3390/rs12172784.
  12. G. Varlas, V. Vervatis, C. Spyrou, E. Papadopoulou, A. Papadopoulos, P. Katsafados, (2020) Investigating the impact of atmosphere–wave–ocean interactions on a Mediterranean tropical-like cyclone, Ocean Modelling, Volume 153, 2020, 101675, ISSN 1463-5003, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2020.101675.
  13. George Varlas, Christos Spyrou, Anastasios Papadopoulos, Gerasimos Korres, Petros Katsafados, (2020) One-year assessment of the two-way coupled atmosphere-ocean wave modeling system CHAOS over the Mediterranean and Black Seas, Mediterranean Marine Science, 21(2), 372-385, doi: https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.21344
  14. Triantafyllou, E., Diapouli, E., Korras-Carraca, Μ.Β., Manousakas, M., Psanis, C., Floutsi, A.A., Spyrou, C., Eleftheriadis, K., Biskos, G., (2020). Contribution of locally-produced and transported air pollution to particulate matter in a small insular coastal city, Atmospheric Pollution Research, Volume 11, Issue 4, April 2020, Pages 667-678, doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2019.12.015.
  15. Christakos, K., Varlas, G., Cheliotis, I., Spyrou, C., Aarnes, O.J., Furevik, B.R. (2020). Characterization of Wind-Sea- and Swell-Induced Wave Energy along the Norwegian Coast. Atmosphere 2020, 11, 166, doi:10.3390/atmos11020166.
  16. Jeetendra Sahani, Prashant Kumar, Sisay Debele, Christos Spyrou, Michael Loupis, Leonardo Aragão, Federico Porcùf, Mohammad Aminur Rahman Shah, Silvana Di Sabatino (2019). Hydro-meteorological risk assessment methods and management by nature-based solutions, Science of the Total Environment, 696 (2019) 133936, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133936.
  17. Solomos, S., Abuelgasim, A., Spyrou, C., Binietoglou, I., and Nickovic, S. (2019). Development of a dynamic dust source map for NMME-DREAM v1.0 model based on MODIS Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) over the Arabian Peninsula, Geosci. Model Dev., 12, 979-988, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-12-979-2019, 2019.
  18. Varlas, G., M., Anagnostou, C., Spyrou , A., Papadopoulos, J., Kalogiros, A., Mentzafou, S., Michaelides, E., Baltas, E., Karymbalis and P., Katsafados, (2019). A multi-platform hydrometeorological analysis of the flash flood event of 15 November 2017 in Attica, Greece, Remote Sensing. 2019, 11, 45; doi:10.3390/rs11010045.
  19. Mitsakou, C., S. Dimitroulopoulou, C. Heaviside, K. Katsouyanni, E. Samoli, S. Rodopoulou, C. Costa, R. Almendra, P. Santana, M. M., Dell’Olmo, C., Borell, D., Corman, N., Zengarini, P., Deboosere, C., Franke, J. Schweikart, M., Lustigova, C., Spyrou, K. de Hoogh, D., Fecht, J., Gulliver, S., Vardoulakis (2018). Environmental public health risks in European metropolitan areas within the EURO-HEALTHY project. Science of the Total Environment, 658 (2019) 1630–1639, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.130.
  20. Katsafados, P., Varlas, G., Papadopoulos, A., Spyrou, C., & Korres, G. (2018). Assessing the implicit rain impact on sea state during Hurricane Sandy (2012). Geophysical Research Letters, 45. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL078673
  21. Tsarpalis, K., A. Papadopoulos, N. Mihalopoulos, C. Spyrou, S. Michaelides and P. Katsafados (2018). The Implementation of a Mineral Dust Wet Deposition Scheme in the GOCART-AFWA Module of the WRF Model, Remote Sensing, 2018, 10, 1595; doi:10.3390/rs10101595
  22. Christos Spyrou, 2018: Direct radiative impacts of desert dust on atmospheric water content, Aerosol Science and Technology, 52:6, 693-701 DOI:10.1080/02786826.2018.1449940.

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