Position Lecturer
Address University of Western Macedonia
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bakola and  Sialvera Street
50132 Kozani
GreeceWeb site: http://users.uowm.gr/rsotiropoulou/
Contact Data Tel (office): +30 24610 56645
Fax: +30 24610 56646
Email: rsotiropoulou@uowm.gr
Laboratory Environmental Technology Laboratory (ETL)
Relationship Since 2014
Curriculum Vitae


Rafaella Sotiropoulou was born in 1976. She has a Diploma (1999) and a PhD (2005) from the Department of Environment, University of the Aegean in Greece. Before joining the department of Mechanical Engineering she worked as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, Energy, Safety and Environmental Technologies Division). She has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Scientist II at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Her research interests are focused on:

  •  Understanding the impact of anthropogenic perturbations on climate change
  •  Improving the ability to predict climate changes by better understanding the roles and interactions of the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice in the climate system
  •  Advancing the understanding of changes in the Earth’s radiation balance, air quality, and the ozone layer that result from changes in atmospheric composition
  • Studying the indirect effect of aerosols on clouds and climate at global and regional level
  • The formation and transformation of aerosols and their effect on the concentrations of cloud condensation nuclei
  • The physicochemical properties of biogenic aerosols.

·She is familiar with both regional and global Chemical Transport Models (CTMs), Global Climate Models (GCMs), Mesoscale Meteorological models and Air Quality models.

Full CV

Selected Publications
  • Tagaris, E., R.E.P. Sotiropoulou, N. Gounaris, S. Andronopoulos and D. Vlachogiannis (2015), Effect of the Standard Nomenclature for Air Pollution (SNAP) Categories on Air Quality over Europe. Atmosphere, 6, 1119-1128.
  • Tagaris, E., R.E.P. Sotiropoulou, N. Gounaris, S. Andronopoulos and D. Vlachogiannis (2013), Air quality over Europe: modelling gaseous and particulate pollutants, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9661-9673, doi:10.5194/acp-13-9661-2013.
  • Sotiropoulou, R.E.P., A. Nenes, P.J. Adams, and J.H. Seinfeld (2007), Cloud condensation nuclei prediction error from application of Köhler theory: Importance for the aerosol indirect effect, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12202, doi:10.1029/2006JD007834.
  • Medina, J., A. Nenes, R.E.P. Sotiropoulou, L.D. Cottrell, L.D. Ziemba, P.J. Beckman, and R.J. Griffin (2007), Cloud condensation nuclei closure during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation 2004 campaign: Effects of size-resolved composition, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D10S31, doi:10.1029/2006JD007588.
  • Sotiropoulou, R.E.P., J. Medina, and A. Nenes (2006), CCN predictions: Is theory sufficient for assessment of the indirect effect?,Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L05816, doi:10.1029/ 2005GL025148.
  • Sotiropoulou, R.E.P., E. Tagaris, C. Pilinis, T. Anttila and M. Kulmala (2006), Modeling New Particle Formation During Air Pollution Episodes: Impacts on Aerosol and Cloud Condensation Nuclei, Aeros. Sci. Tech., 40, 557–572.