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Prof. Dr. Pavlos Kollias

Former Member of the International Faculty

Professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences,
of Stony Brook University – State University of New York

Atmospheric Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton NY

Pavlos Kollias was born in Athens, Greece. He received a B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1994 as well as a MSc. degree in Environmental Physics in 1996 from the University of Athens, and a PhD degree in meteorology in 2000 from the University of Miami. His research focuses on the understanding of the microphysical, dynamical and radiative processes that act at the cloud- and meso-scale and their accurate representation in numerical models. He is also interest in radar technology and their applications in weather and climate research. Kollias is an international leader in the application of short wavelength radars for cloud and precipitation research from ground-based and space-based platforms. Kollias has published over 95 scientific articles in peer-reviewed literature in the areas of millimeter wavelength radar research, cloud and precipitation physics. 

Pavlos Kollias is the leader of the DOE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) radar science group. He is a member of the Mission Advisory Group and algorithm development team of the European Space Agency Earth Clouds Aerosols Radiation Experiment (EARTHCARE) Explorer Mission. He has served as a member at the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. Kollias also served for three years (2007-2009) as Associate Chief Scientist for the US DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) program. He has served as the Chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Radar Meteorology and has organized and chaired numerous sessions in international conferences. Kollias has also organized and participated as guest lecturer in several short courses in Europe, North America and Asia on the use of radars in atmospheric research. While a Professor at McGill University in Canada, he received in 2007 and 2012 the Canada Research Chair award in Radar Application in Weather and Climate Research and in 2013 the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers.

Contribution to the CA

Pavlos Kollias is an atmospheric scientist with interest in high resolution observations and modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer and associated clouds, the vertical transport of energy and pollutants and the aerosol-clouds-precipitation interactions at the cloud- and meso-scale. Kollias is also interest in the use of machine learning algorithms for the analysis of large dataset from complex systems He has established long term collaborations with Prof. Dr. Susanne Crewell and Prof. Dr. Roel Neggers and he is actively involved in the co-supervision of Masters and PhD students at the University of Cologne.