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Prof. Dr. Michail Vrekousis
Professor Dr.

Faculty 01
Physics/Electrical Engineering Physics/Electrical Engineering


Affiliations | Research Topics | Cooperations | Projects | Scientific Activities | Resources


High-Profile Areas
» Marine, Polar and Climate Research

DFG Collaborative Projects
» FZ/Cluster of Excellence "The Ocean in the Earth System" (MARUM)

Graduate program
» Postgraduate International Programme in Physics and Electrical Engineering (pip)

Affiliation to an institute
Code Indication deutsch Indication englisch Funcition Keywords deutsch Keywords englisch
IUP/IFE     Institute of Environmental Physics   Member    Atmospheric Physics, Atmospheric Chemistry, Forward and Inverse Simulations (Modeling), Observations, Air Quality Studies 
MARUM    Center for Marine Environmental Sciences   Member    Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions, Greenhouse gases fluxes 

Affialation to a work group
Code Indication deutsch Indication englisch Faculty Keywords deutsch Keywords englisch
LAMOS    Laboratory for Modeling and Observation of the Earth System  F01    Numeric simulations (Eulerian-Lagrangian), TM4-ECPL, TM5, TM5-4DVAR, WRF-Chem, Flexpart

Remote Sensing Observations (IMPACT)  

Research Topics
Natural sciences
» Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
» Analytical Chemistry, Method Development (Chemistry)
» Atmospheric Science, Oceanography and Climate Research
» Geophysics and Geodesy


Researchers with cooperation
Institution City Category Country of origin
The Cyprus Institute Nicosia Research Center abroad
University of Crete Heraklion, Crete University abroad
National Observatory of Athens Athens Research Center abroad
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry: Atmospheric Sciences Mainz Max Planck Society
Institute of Atmospheric Physics - DLR Oberpfaffenhofen-Wessling Helmholtz Association
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Hamburg Max Planck Society


Most significant projects
Code Indication deutsch Indication englisch Cooperation partners Funding sources/agencies Term
AirChanges Air pollution over China and the unwanted effects of mitigation strategies Max Planck Hamburg, Fudan University-China DFG 2021 - 2024
Ozone Studing of ozone changes in China - 4 year Ph.D scholarship National Science Foundation of China 2021 - 2024
EXC-Chair Excellence Chair Project (Host) for Prof. Kanakidou DFG 2020 - 2024
DAAD-EMERGE EMERGE-DAAD scholarship DLR, UB DAAD 2018 - 2021
COPMAR Continental outflow of pollutants to the marine troposphere DFG 2016 - 2016
RESIM High Performance Computer Aether UB DFG 2015 - 2020
ACTRIS European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases EU-Horizon2020 2015 - 2019
IMPACT Novel Imaging MaPper for AtmospheriC observaTions DOAS-IUP DFG, UB 2015 - 2020

Agencies that have funded your research during the past five years (public institutions and foundations)
» University of Bremen/Central Research Development Fund
» Other EU Programs
» Other Foundations

Funding sources during the past five years (enterprises)
Company name Country of origin Term
- -

MV research interests lie in atmospheric chemistry and physics fields focusing on air quality observations and numerical simulations. The first area of interest involves in situ, ground-based and space-based remote sensing observations of major anthropogenic pollutants including short and long-lived trace gases, radicals and particulate matter.
The second field of interest is related to numerical simulations based on the box (0D) and chemical transport (3D) models. The main research goal here is to understand the complex mechanisms and processes controlling the emission, transport, transformation and removal of natural and manmade trace species having an impact on air quality, climate and human health.

Scientific Activities

Publications (Hyperlink)
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Most significant Publications
Economic crisis detected from space: Air quality observations over Athens/Greece (Publisher)
Author(s)M. Vrekoussis, A. Richter, A. Hilboll, J. P. Burrows, E. Gerasopoulos, J. Lelieveld, L. Barrie, C. Zerefos, N. Mihalopoulos
InJournal of Geophysical Research Letters
IssueVolume40, Issue2
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Megacities as hot spots of air pollution in the East Mediterranean (Publisher)
Author(s)Maria Kanakidou, Nikolaos Mihalopoulos, Tayfun Kindap, Ulas Im, Mihalis Vrekoussis, Evangelos Gerasopoulos, Eirini Dermitzaki, Alper Unal, Mustafa Koçak, Kostas Markakis, Dimitris Melas, Georgios Kouvarakis, Ahmed F Youssef, Andreas Richter, Nikolaos Hatzianastassiou, Andreas Hilboll, Felix Ebojie, Folkard Wittrock, Christian von Savigny, John P Burrows, Annette Ladstaetter-Weissenmayer, Hani Moubasher
InAtmospheric Environment
IssueVolume 45, Issue 6
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Temporal and spatial variability of glyoxal as observed from space (Publisher)
Author(s)M. Vrekoussis, F. Wittrock, A. Richter, and J. P. Burrows
InAtmos. Chem. Phys
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Global budgets of atmospheric glyoxal and methylglyoxal, and implications for formation of secondary organic aerosols (Publisher)
Author(s)Tzung May Fu, Daniel J. Jacob, Folkard Wittrock, John P. Burrows, Mihalis Vrekoussis, Daven K. Henze
InJournal of Geophysical Research
IssueVolume113, IssueD15303
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Role of the NO3 radicals in oxidation processes in the eastern Mediterranean troposphere during the MINOS campaign (Publisher)
Author(s)M Vrekoussis, M Kanakidou, N Mihalopoulos, PJ Crutzen, J Lelieveld, D Perner, H Berresheim, E Baboukas
InAtmos. Chem. Physics
IssueVolume 4, Issue 1
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Ph.D. supervision (Hyperlink)
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Second Ph.D. supervisor
Title of the dissertation First name Last name Sex Year Status Bezeichnung Uni
The Influence of Pinus Brutia Trees on the Water Balance of Fractured Mediterranean Mountain Environments Marinos Eliades männlich 2018 other University The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus
Tropical tropospheric ozone columns from nadir satellite retrievals using the Convective Clouds Differential (CCD) technique on GOME, SCIAMACHY and GOME-2 data Elpida Leventidou weiblich 2017 Uni Bremen IUP
Analysis of pyrogenic and biogenic emissions of VOC using satellite and ground-based observations Leonardo Bonilla Alvarado männlich 2016 Uni Bremen IUP


Habilitations (Hyperlink)
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Conferences organized by you during the past five years

Titel Year Hyperlink
28th International TM5 meeting 2019 Link (extern): 

Visiting Scientists
Name Term Institution of origin Country of origin
Maarten Krol 2018 University of Wageningen Netherlands
Prof Euripides G. Stephanou 2017 University of Crete and The Cyprus Institute Greece
Prof Maria Kanakidou 2019 University of Crete Greece
Prof. Aristides Bonanos 2016 The Cyprus Institute Cyprus




More information

Mihalis (Michail) received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Crete, Greece, in 1999. In 2002 and 2005, he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental and analytical chemistry from the same university, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute (Mainz) in Germany. His Ph.D thesis was entitled “Nitrate radicals (NO3.): Their role in controlling the Nitrogen cycle and the Oxidizing Capacity of the atmosphere”.
He has been employed as a post-doc researcher by the ECPL laboratory in Crete (2005-2006), the IUP institute in Bremen (2006-2009, A.v.Humboldt and Marie Curie consecutive fellowships) and the Academy of Athens (2010-2012). In 2012, he joined the Environmental Energy, Environment and Water Research Center of the Cyprus Institute as a Research Scientist.
Since July 2015, Mihalis is a tenured professor at the University of Bremen in Germany and an adjunct professor at the Cyprus Institute. Mihalis has more than 19 years of experience in atmospheric chemistry and physics and he is an author of more than 55 peer reviewed publications (H-Factor = 33, source G.Scholar, May 2019) and 170 presentation in international conferences. Since 2000, Mihalis worked full time as a principle investigator/scientific partner in 23 national and international projects.

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