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Dr. Stella Dafka

Dr. Stella Dafka

Project coordinator

The Mediterranean Hot-Spot: Challenges and Responses in a Changing Environment

 

Department of Geography
Senckenbergstraße 1
D-35390 Giessen

Phone: +49 (0) 641 - 99 36214
Fax: +49 (0) 641 - 99 36219

 

Academic Career

Professional Work Experience

Since 2017

Scientific Project Coordinator, research project: “The Mediterranean Hot-Spot: Challenges and Responses in a Changing Environment”, managed by the Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Researcher in cooperation with Section of Climatology, Climate Dynamics Climate Change, Department of Geography, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

Since 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research project: “The Etesian wind system and energy potential over the Aegean Sea; Past, present, future”, Section of Climatology, Climate Dynamics Climate Change, Department of Geography, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

2012-2013

Scientific Researcher

Research project: “The Etesian wind system over the Aegean Sea: an assessment of wind resources in the area for present and future climate - ETESIANS” Section of Climatology, Climate Dynamics Climate Change, Department of Geography, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany

Academic Career

2013-2016

Dr. rer. Nat.

Department of Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change, Faculty of Geography, Justus Leibig University of Giessen, Germany

Thesis Title: “The Etesian wind system: dynamics, variability and extremes, insights from observations, reanalysis and regional climate models”

2008-2012

M.Sc. in Meteorology Climatology and Atmospheric Environment, Department of Meteorology, Faculty of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Master Thesis: “The effect of the Etesian winds on the tropospheric Ozone over the Eastern Mediterranean”

2002 -June 2008

Diploma in Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Diploma Thesis: “Study of Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions using Satellite Retrievals”

 

 

Focal points of interest and publications

Research areas

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Regional Climate models
  • Extremes
  • Wind Energy
  • Europe/Mediterranean

Refereed Publications

  • Dafka S, Toreti A, Luterbacher J, Zanis P, Tyrlis E and Xoplaki E (2018) Simulating extreme Etesians over the Aegean and Implications for Wind Energy Production in Southeastern Europe. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0172.1
  • Dafka S, Toreti A, Luterbacher J, Zanis P, Tyrlis E and Xoplaki E (2017) On the ability of RCMs to capture the circulation pattern of Etesians. Climate Dynamics, 1-20, doi.org/10.1007/s00382-017-3977-2
  • Dafka S, Xoplaki E, Toreti A, Zanis P, Tyrlis E, Zerefos C, and Luterbacher J (2016) The Etesians: from observations to reanalysis. Climate Dynamics, 1-17, doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2920-7
  • Dafka S, Toreti A, Luterbacher J, Zanis P, Tyrlis E and Xoplaki E (2016) Do RCMs accurately simulate the Etesians climate? Perspectives on Atmospheric Sciences, 591-597, doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-35095-0_84

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Dafka S, Toreti A, Luterbacher J, Zanis P, Tyrlis E and Xoplaki E (2017) Estimation of the mid-century Etesians wind pattern from EURO-CORDEX models, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • Dafka S, Toreti A, Luterbacher J, Zanis P, Tyrlis E and Xoplaki E (2016) Evaluation of the EURO-CORDEX RCMs to accurately simulate the Etesian wind system, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria
  • Dafka S, Xoplaki E, Toreti A, Zanis P, Rouco F, and Luterbacher J (2014) The Etesian wind system Classification and Climatology, European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria