Vassilis Amiridis (VA) was born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1971. He received his B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, 2000 and 2006, respectively. VA is a Research Director at the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) in Greece. He is working on climate research and he focuses on the impact of atmospheric aerosols on radiation, clouds and extreme weather. His research is mainly based on advanced ground-based and space-borne remote sensing (passive and active techniques) and theoretical models.
VA has participated in 42 research projects and experimental campaigns, in 15 of which as coordinator and 7 as Principal Investigator for NOA. He has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and his work received 3500 citations from third-party (h-index = 37, source: ISI Web of Knowledge). Moreover, VA participated in numerous conferences, co-chaired 8 of them and invited to present his work 11 times. VA is leading the Atmospheric Remote Sensing group in IAASARS/NOA, currently composed of 25 members (9 Postdocs, 11 PhDs and 5 support staff). He is a member of the editorial board of EGU’s Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Journal (Copernicus Publications, Impact Factor = 3.2) and he is active reviewer in ~25 scientific Journals in his field. VA is responsible for the operation and data exploitation of the 24/7 PollyXT sophisticated lidar system, part of the European Aerosol Research Lidar Network (EARLINET). He is also the PI of the Remote Sensing National Facilities of IAASARS/NOA at the island of Antikythera and the recently established PANGEA Observatory, and he is in charge of the operations for the Cal/Val program of ESA for ADM-Aeolus and EarthCARE in Greece, employing the official ESA ground-based mobile lidar system which is under development by IAASARS/NOA and Raymetrics S.A. (EVE).