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.
- 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.