Dr Maria AthanassiadouScientific Systems Manager
Maria joined the Impact Lab in August 2019, and is part of the Met Office's Informatics Lab team. Her areas of expertise include gravity waves & complex flows around orography, wind tunnel measurements, atmospheric and dispersion modelling, and air quality. In recent years, she has worked with satellite data to detect volcanic plumes and identify plant diseases from space.
Maria's background is in Mathematics, and she gained a PhD in Meteoroloy from the University of Reading, studying mesoscale orographic flows. Her first postdoctoral position was also at Reading, working on the European project ANOMALIA investigating severe precipitation events in the Western Mediterranean. Maria held a second postdoctoral position with ENFLO, University of Surrey, working on wind tunnel measurements of flow and surface drag over series of low and high rough wall hills.
Maria joined the Met Office in October 1998 as a research scientist in the Orography Group in Atmospheric Processes and Parametrizations. In 2004 she joined the Atmospheric Dispersion Group working first on implementation of a chemistry scheme in the NWP model and limited area versions of the UM (AQUM), and subsequently being the PI on the European project NitroEurope estimating methane and nitrous oxide on a European scale, using inversion (top down) methods.