Academy of Athens (RCAPC)


PI: Dr. Stavros Solomos Operators: Dr. Stavros Solomos

We use the limited area model WRF-Chem for the daily forecast of mineral dust transport in the atmosphere. The model is set up with a 12×12 km grid space and initial and boundary conditions are from the NCEP Global Forecasting System (GFS). The emission of dust is computed with the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) scheme (Jones et al., 2012). The above configuration has been successfully used in earlier studies over the region of interest (e.g., Solomos et al., 2018; Papagiannopoulos et al., 2020; Kokkalis et al., 2021)

Jones, S.L.; Adams-Selin, R.; Hunt, E.D.; Creighton, G.A.; Cetola, J.D. Update on modifications to WRF-CHEM GOCART for fine-scale dust forecasting at AFWA. In Proceedings of the AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, 11–15 December 2012.

Kokkalis, P.; Soupiona, O.; Papanikolaou, C.-A.; Foskinis, R.; Mylonaki, M.; Solomos, S.; Vratolis, S.; Vasilatou, V.; Kralli, E.; Anagnou, D.; Papayannis, A. Radiative Effect and Mixing Processes of a Long-Lasting Dust Event over Athens, Greece, during the COVID-19 Period. Atmosphere 2021, 12,318.   

Papagiannopoulos, N., D'Amico, G., Gialitaki, A., Ajtai, N., Alados-Arboledas, L., Amodeo, A., Amiridis, V., Baars, H., Balis, D., Binietoglou, I., Comerón, A., Dionisi, D., Falconieri, A., Fréville, P., Kampouri, A., Mattis, I., Mijić, Z., Molero, F., Papayannis, A., Pappalardo, G., Rodríguez-Gómez, A., Solomos, S., and Mona, L.: An EARLINET early warning system for atmospheric aerosol aviation hazards, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 10775–10789,, 2020.

Solomos, S., Kalivitis, N., Mihalopoulos, N., Amiridis, V., Kouvarakis, G., Gkikas, A., Binietoglou, I., Tsekeri, A., Kazadzis, S., Kottas, M., Pradhan, Y., Proestakis, E., Nastos, P.T., Marenco, F. From Tropospheric Folding to Khamsin and Foehn Winds: How Atmospheric Dynamics Advanced a Record-Breaking Dust Episode in Crete. Atmosphere 2018, 9, 240., 2018