National Observatory of Athens

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) is the oldest Greek public research centre (founded in 1842). It hosts the UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters and operates the Greek GEO Office (Group on Earth Observations).

NOA’s Institute for Environmental Research & Sustainable Development (IERSD) maintains the longest and most complete climatologic record in Greece of meteorological (>120yrs) and solar radiation (>60yrs) parameters. It was also the first organisation that started a systematic study of urban pollution in Athens, in 1980. The Institute’s research orientation includes: meteorological monitoring (260 stations), experimental research on air quality, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols and solar radiation, climate change research, synoptic and mesoscale atmospheric modeling, applied research (buildings, indoor air pollution, energy conservation, consultant services, e.t.c.), environmental management, surface and underground hydrology.

The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) is one of the three institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the oldest research institution in Greece. The main activities of the Institute involve basic and applied research in a number of topics in astrophysics, from distant galaxies to the solar neighbourhood, as well as ground based and space-borne remote sensing, earth observation and signal processing. The institute is also committed to outreach and science dissemination for the general public and operates a very popular visitor centre in Penteli.



Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a non-profit research and educational institution with a strong scientific and technological orientation. It is an issue oriented institution, emphasizing international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and post graduate education. CyI is being developed by establishing research centres which address challenging problems that are important at both the regional and international levels. Its research centres are developed in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas. The Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC) is one the 3 research centres of CyI and currently involved in ACTRIS-2 and participating to ACTRIS PPP. EEWRC works in close collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), and many national institutions and organizations in Cyprus and the region on societally relevant issues related to Energy and Renewables, Environment and Climate, and Water and Natural Resources. Over the past few years, EEWRC has proven to be a leader in the area of Environmental and Climate research. The Atmospheric and Climate Research in particular, in close co-operation with the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, Germany, has established CyI as a key player of Climate Research in the region and beyond. In particular, EEWRC has been instrumental in providing evidence that the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region (EMME) is a climate change “hotspot” and relating this to public health, ecosystem development and water, to name but a few of the impact sectors considered. These studies have attained international recognition, notably for their emphasis on the EMME. The research has been nationally embedded through strong collaborations with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, and the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.



European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an independent intergovernmental organisation supported by 34 states. ECMWF is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service, producing and disseminating numerical weather predictions to its Member States. This data is fully available to the national meteorological services in the Member States. The Centre also offers a catalogue of forecast data that can be purchased by businesses worldwide and other commercial customers. The supercomputer facility (and associated data archive) at ECMWF is one of the largest of its type in Europe and Member States can use 25% of its capacity for their own purposes.
The organisation was established in 1975 and now employs around 360 staff from more than 30 countries. ECMWF is one of the six members of the Co-ordinated Organisations, which also include the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

ECMWF is based in Reading, UK.






People

Vassilis Amiridis Director of Research
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Antonis Gkikas Post-Doc Researcher
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Giorgos Papangelis PhD Candidate
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Angela Benedetti Senior Scientist
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Jean Sciare Professor
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Eleni Drakaki PhD Candidate
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Christos Spyrou Post-Doc Researcher
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Jonilda Kushta Associate Research Scientist
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Eleni Marinou Post-Doc Researcher
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Emmanouil Proestakis Post-Doc Researcher
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Theodoros Christoudias Post-Doc Researcher
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Anna Gialitaki PhD Candidate
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