Petros Katsafados

Assistant Professor-Applied Geography with emphasis in Climatology
Office No 1, New Bld
Department of Geography
Harokopio University
70 El. Venizelou Str., Kallithea- Athens
Post Box: 17671

Ph.: +30-2109549384
Fax: +30-2109514759

Curriculum Vitae
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BSc. in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1993

MSc in Environmental Physics, Department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 1996

PhD in Atmospheric Dynamics and Modeling, Department of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2003

Research Interests

-Numerical weather prediction and data assimilation systems
-Regional climate and air-sea-land interactions
-Operational weather prediction
-Climate and atmospheric dynamics
-Integrated systems for the production and dissemination of environmental and climatic information-Geographical applications
-Renewable energy-wind and solar energy

Books and edited books (selection)

Gualtieri C. and D.T. Mihailovic, (eds.) 2008: Fluid Mechanics of Environmental Interfaces, Taylor & Francis Ltd, (ISBN 13: 978-0-415-44669-3), pp. 339. Contribution in 5th Chapter entitled:”Desert dust uptake-transport and deposition mechanisms—impacts of dust on radiation, clouds and precipitation”, G. Kallos and P. Katsafados, pp. 97-127.

Katsafados, P., A. Papadopoulos, G. Kallos, and S. Nickovic, 2000: The Weather Forecasting System POSEIDON”, Vol. I: Preprocessing and Operational Manual.

Recent publications in refereed journals (selection)

Papadopoulos A. and P. Katsafados, 2009: “Verification of operational weather forecasts from the POSEIDON system across the Eastern Mediterranean”. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 9, 4, pp. 1299-1306.

Kallos G., C, Spyrou, M. Astitha, C. Mitsakou, S. Solomos, J. Kushta, I. Pytharoulis, P. Katsafados, E. Mavromatidis, N. Papantoniou and G. Vlastou, 2009: “Ten-year operational dust forecasting - Recent model development and future plans”. IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 7, 012012, doi:10.1088/1755-1307/7/1/012012.

Cai, C., Hogrefe, C., Katsafados, P., Kallos, G., Beauharnois, M., Schwab, J.J., Ren, X., Brune, W.H., Zhou, X., He, Y., Demerjian, K.L., 2008: “Performance Evaluation of an Air Quality Forecast Modeling System for a Summer and Winter Season - Photochemical Oxidants and Their Precursors”. Atmospheric Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.08.029.

Louka, P., G. Galanis, N. Siebert, G. Kariniotakis, P. Katsafados, G. Kallos, and I. Pytharoulis, 2008: “Improvements in wind speed forecasts for wind power prediction purposes using Kalman filtering”. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 96 (12), pp. 2348– 2362.

Karagiorgos G., P. Katsafados, A. Kontarinis, N. M. Missirlis, and F. Tzaferis, 2008: “Load Balancing for the Numerical Solution of the Navier-Stokes Equations”. Lecture Notes in Computer Science-LNCS, 4699, Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-75755-9, pp. 764-773.

Kishcha P., 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, and J.M. Baldasano, 2007: “Forecast errors in dust vertical distributions over Rome (Italy): Multiple particle size representation and cloud contributions”. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 112, D15205, doi:10.1029/2006JD007427.

Shilo E., Y. Ashkenazy, A. Rimmer, S. Assouline, P. Katsafados, Y. Mahrer, 2007: “Effect of wind variability on topographic waves: Lake Kinneret case”. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, 112, C12024, doi:10.1029/2007JC004336.

Astitha M., G. Kallos, and P. Katsafados, 2007: “Air Pollution Modeling in the Mediterranean Region: From Analysis of Episodes to Forecasting”. Atmospheric Research, 89 (4), pp. 358–364.


Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Informatics

Understanding and Recording Geographic Data


Postgraduate Courses

Environmental Risks and Security

Natural Processes, Hazards, and Disasters

Principles of Numerical Simulations and Modeling in Geosciences