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Department of Geography, Office No.1

Harokopio University of Athens

El. Venizelou 70, PO BOX 17671, Kallithea, Athens, Greece

Email: pkatsaf @

Tel: +30-210 95 49 384 


Petros Katsafados


Research Activities

Research Projects

-Numerical weather prediction and data assimilation systems

-Regional climate and air-sea-land interactions

-Atmosphere and climate dynamics

-Severe weather phenomena and natural hazards

-Production and distribution of environmental and climatic information-Applications on GIS

-Renewable energy and applications. Integrated systems for wind and solar energy

Subcontract from Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, 2011. "Study of climate variability and the impacts on water and energy cycles". Coordinator and scientific responsible.
Bilateral Cooperation Research Program Greece-China, GSRT 120-γ, 2006-2008. “Prognostic systems of the dust cycle originated from Sahara and Gobi deserts in the atmosphere. Comparing evaluation of the two systems". Coordinator and scientific responsible.

Subcontract from Hellenic Centre of Marine Research, 2008. "The application of a statistical package for the evaluation of the meteorological forecasts" . Coordinator and scientific responsible.

EEA Financial Mechanism and Ministry of Finance 2005-2008. "A second generation monitoring and forecasting system for the Eastern Mediterranean - POSEIDON II". Principal investigator.


Recent publications in international journals with impact factor (median impact factor: 1,761 - average impact factor: 2,117)

BSc. in Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens  (1993)

MSc. in Atmospheric Physics, Faculty of Physics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens  (1996)

Ph.D in Environmental Physics, Faculty of Physics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (2003)

Karymbalis E., P. Katsafados, C. Chalkias and K. Gaki-Papanastasiou, 2010: “An Integrated study for the evaluation of natural and human induced flood causes in small catchments based on geomorphological – meteorological data and modeling techniques: The case of Xerias torrent (Corinth, Greece)”. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie (in press).

Papadopoulos A., G. Korres, P. Katsafados, D. Ballas, L. Perivoliotis and K. Nittis, 2011: A dynamic downscaling of the ERA-40 data using a mesoscale meteorological model. Mediterranean Marine Science, 12, 1, 183-198.

Korres G., A. Papadopoulos, P. Katsafados, D. Ballas, L. Perivoliotis and K. Nittis, 2011: A 2-year intercomparison of the WAM-CYCLE4 and the WAVEWATCH-III wave models implemented within the Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science, 12, 1, 129-152. 

Katsafados P., A. Papadopoulos, E. Mavromatidis and I. Pytharoulis, 2011: Numerical simulation of a deep Mediterranean storm and its sensitivity on sea surface temperature. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 11, 1233–1246, doi:10.5194/nhess-11-1233-2011.

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. (IF: 1.345)

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. (IF: 2.89)

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”. Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 96 (12), pp. 2348– 2362. (IF: 0.752)pdf_button

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.pdf_button

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. (IF: 3.147)pdf_button

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. (IF: 3.147)

Galanis, G., P. Louka, P. Katsafados, I. Pytharoulis, and G. Kallos, 2006: "Applications of Kalman filters based on non-linear functions to numerical weather predictions". Annales Geophysicae, 24, 2451-2460.pdf_button

Katsafados, P., A. Papadopoulos, and G. Kallos, 2005: “Regional Atmospheric Response to Tropical Pacific SST Perturbations”. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L04806, doi: 10.1029/2004GL021828. (IF:2.959) Commends from R. Pielke Sr. (9-6-2008)

Papadopoulos, A., P. Katsafados, G. Kallos, and S. Nickovic, 2002: "The weather forecasting system for POSEIDON-An overview". Global Atmosphere and Ocean System, 8, 219-237.pdf_button

Books and special editions


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.   

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

Nickovic, S., B. Rajkovic, A. Papadopoulos, P. Katsafados, and G. Kallos, 2000: The Weather Forecasting System POSEIDON”, Vol. II: Description of the model.

Manousakis, M., T. Charandonis, G. Sakellaridis, J. Papageorgiou, E. Anadranistakis, G. Alexiou, P. Fragouli, D. Sgouros, G. Konstantinidis, N. Mimikou, A. Karachristou, S. Nickovic, P. Katsafados, and A. Papadopoulos, 1998: The Weather Forecasting System SKIRON, Vol. V: Post-processing. Graphics (ISBN 960-8468-19-1).

Undergraduate program

Introduction to informatics


Postgraduate program

Natural processes, hazards and disasters

Environmental risks and security

Principals in numerical simulations and modeling in Geosciences

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Faculty of Physics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
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