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Post-Doc Researcher

Eleni Marinou (EM) graduated from the Applied Physics Department of the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens in 2010. She received her M.Sc. in the field of “Environmental Physics” from the Physics Department of the Kapodistrian University of Athens (2013). She acquired her PhD diploma on the study of the vertical distribution of desert dust and condensation nuclei over the Mediterranean from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2017). She has been contacting research at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) since 2010, focusing on the retrieval of atmospheric parameters using passive and active remote sensing techniques. Since 2018 she is in collaboration with the Aerosol and Clouds research group of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Her main interest is on atmospheric aerosol and cloud properties and interactions. She has been working mostly on research related to the properties of mineral dust, its climatic role and its impact on cloud formation, retrieving properties of aerosols (from active and passive remote sensing methods) and validation of space-borne atmospheric products using ground-based lidar and sun-photometric techniques. Her main accomplishment is the development of global satellite-based climatologies for aerosols and clouds, focusing on the vertical distribution of desert dust extinction and concentration, as well as on dust-related cloud condensation nuclei and ice nuclei concentration over the Mediterranean, using synergistically active and passive remote sensing techniques. While in DLR her research focused on the development of a new methodology for Aerosol – Cloud target classification using combined airborne Lidar – Radar measurements, from the High Altitude and LOng Range Research Aircraft (HALO). She has participated in 9 international and national projects and 7 experimental campaigns related to aerosol and cloud processes. She has more than 33 publications in peer review journals and 94 presentations in scientific conferences and her work received more than 728 citations from third-party (h-index = 14, source: Web of Science).