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George Zittis

George Zittis

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Associate Research Scientist in Regional
Climate Change Modelling +357 22208662

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George is as an Associate Research Scientist working for the Atmosphere and Climate Division of  CYI's Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC).

He holds a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Meteorology, Climatology and Atmospheric Environment from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his PhD in Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences from The Cyprus Institute in April 2015. In the past he has worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany and in The Cyprus Institute.

He is/was involved in a number of Climate Change related projects such as SOCLIMPACT, BINGO (Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management - a better future under climate change), C8 (Consistent Computation of the Chemistry-Cloud Continuum and Climate Change in Cyprus) and CORDEX (Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment). His research interests include: Climate Change and Impacts, Regional Climate Modeling (PRECIS, CL-WRF), Climate Statistics, Climate Extremes, Land-Atmosphere Interactions, Climate Dynamics, Climate Change Communication.

He has more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. 


Selected Publications:

Zittis G. (2017) Observed rainfall trends and precipitation uncertainty in the vicinity of the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, online first, DOI:

Lelieveld J., Proestos Y., Tanarhte M., Fnais M., Tyrlis E., Zittis G. (2016) Strongly increasing heat extremes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the 21st century. Climatic Change (first online), DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1665-6

Zittis G., Hadjinicolaou P., Fnais M., Lelieveld J. (2016) Projected changes in heat wave characteristics in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Regional Environmental Change (online first), DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0753-2

Zittis G., Hadjinicolaou P., Lelieveld J. (2014) The Role of soil moisture in climate warming amplification in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Climate Research, 59: 27-37, DOI:10.3354/cr01205