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Vassilis Amiridis


Full Name

Vassilis Amiridis 

Job Title

Research Director 




Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias


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Vassilis Amiridis (VA) was born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1971. He received his B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, 2000 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, VA is a Researcher of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) in Greece. He is working on climate research and he focuses on the impact of atmospheric aerosols and clouds on radiation and extreme weather. His research is mainly based on advanced ground-based and space-borne remote sensing observations (passive and active remote sensing techniques) and theoretical models.

VA has participated in 45 research projects and experimental campaigns, in 15 of which as coordinator, attracting a research funding of 16 M€ in total. He has 130 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and his work received approximately 4000 citations from third-party (h-index = 38, source: ISI Web of Knowledge). Moreover, VA participated in numerous conferences, co-chaired 8 of them and invited to present his work 8 times. He is a member of the editorial board of EGU’s Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Journal (Copernicus Publications, Impact Factor = 3.2) and Remote Sensing (Impact Factor = 3.9). VA is leading the Group for Remote Sensing of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace Gases (ReACT) in IAASARS/NOA, currently composed of 27 members.

VA is responsible for the operation and data exploitation of the 24/7 PollyXT sophisticated lidar system, part of the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET). He is also the PI of the Remote Sensing National Facilities of IAASARS/NOA at the island of Antikythera and the recently established PANhellenic GEophysical observatory of Antikythera (PANGEA), and he is in charge of the operations for the Cal/Val program of ESA for ADM-Aeolus and EarthCARE in Greece, employing the official ESA ground-based mobile lidar system developed by IAASARS/NOA and Raymetrics S.A. (ESA-EVE). His lidar-related activities have been acknowledged by the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET), which has elected VA as a council member for the periods 2012-2016 and 2016-2020. Moreover, VA acted as the Greek National Delegate for the COPERNICUS Committee (2014-2017), for the Interim ACTRIS council (2018-today) and the European ESFRI Environment SWG (2020-today). Moreover, he is a member of the ESA-Aeolus Science and Data Quality Advisory Group (SAG). Finally, VA is a member of the Steering Committee of the Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory System (SDS-WAS) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In 2016, VA received the ERC Consolidator Grant for establishing high level atmospheric research in the geophysical observatory of Antikythera, a unique infrastructure that


Atmospheric aerosol/cloud characterization using ground-based and space-borne remote sensing observations (passive and active remote sensing techniques), aerosol radiative impact and climatic role.





About Us

ReACT stands for “Remote sensing of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases”, to describe the research focus of the respective research team led by Dr. Vassilis Amiridis. ReACT consists of highly motivated scientists within the field of Atmospheric Sciences, combining a number of Post-doc researchers, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students as well as other research and technical staff, using the resources, infrastructure and experience of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS).

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