Research Director, Physicist


Name: Spyridon Andronopoulos
Current Position: Research Director (Researcher Grade A), since October 2015 at the Environmental Research Laboratory of the Institute of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences and Technology, Energy and Safety (INRASTES) of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
Education : Doctoral Degree from the Physics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1994), Degree in Physics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1987)

Scientific – Research Activities and Interests:

Environmental Computational Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on simulation of atmospheric pollutants dispersion in complex topography and / or geometry, on all spatial scales

Hazardous pollutants released as a result of technological accidents or malicious acts

Computation of air concentration fluctuations caused by atmospheric turbulence, to assess the effects due to exposure to hazardous pollutants (maximum concentrations – doses)

Computation of uncertainties in the results of atmospheric dispersion models

Development and implementation of data assimilation methodologies for pollution concentration measurements in Eulerian or Lagrangian atmospheric dispersion models and inverse modelling to calculate the location and the rate of emission of pollutants of an unknown source

Development of diagnostic meteorological models – including data assimilation methodologies

Development of methodologies for calculating the rate of γ-radiation doses from radioactive cloud of inhomogeneous distribution of activity concentration and from the ground deposition of radioactive pollutants

Computational simulation of air pollution / air quality in urban areas

Research Projects: (a) Participation in 20 International Research Projects, in 9 of which as Principal Investigator for NCSR “Demokritos” and 1 as Coordinator (b) Participation in 9 National Research Projects
Publications: 70 articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals, 7 contributions to books and monographs, 105 articles in proceedings of international conferences, 35 technical reports

Selected Publications

Selected Grants

Advanced Emergency Preparedness and Response Tools for Airborne Hazardous Materials in Urban Environments

- | Subaward Agreement No. C728S1 with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), under Prime Agreement NPRP 7-674-2-252 with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)

Topic: Development of computational systems for support in response to emergencies related with atmospheric dispersion of hazardous substances in urban environments, with special emphasis in inverse modelling methods for the identification of unknown sources of the hazardous substances (location and...


Evaluation, improvement and guidance for the use of local-scale emergency prediction and response tools for airborne hazards in built environments

- | COST

The aim of the Action was to promote further development and improved use of hazmat dispersion modelling in local-scale emergency response. The technological and socioeconomic challenge addressed by the Action was to lower threats resulting from accidental or deliberate hazmat releases at local scal...


Innovative integrative tools and platforms to be prepared for radiological emergencies and post-accident response in Europe

- | European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, EURATOM for Nuclear Research and Training Activities (work programme 2012), Fission-2012-3.3.1, Grand Agreement Number 323287

The PREPARE project aimed to close gaps that had been identified in nuclear and radiological preparedness following the first evaluation of the Fukushima disaster. Among others, the project addressed the review of existing operational procedures for dealing with long lasting releases, cross border p...


Implementation of an RN emergency system in Eastern Mediterranean

- | EC DG Home Affairs, “Prevention and fight against Crime”- ISEC 2011

The aim of the project was the adaptation, installation and operation in Greece of computational decision support systems for emergencies related to nuclear and radiological events. Emphasis was given to all spatial scales, especially dispersion of radionuclides in urban areas. The following acti...


Towards a self sustaining European Technology Platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery

- | European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, EURATOM for Nuclear Research and Training Activities (work programme 2010), Fission-2010-3.3.1, Grand Agreement Number 269718

The NERIS- TP Project (2011-2014) aimed on one hand to keep the momentum gained through the European Project EURANOS in establishing a platform where the operational and research community can meet and discuss with all the relevant stakeholders the topics related to emergency response and recovery p...

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