Carlos Pérez García-Pando

Carlos Pérez García-Pando

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Carlos Pérez García-Pando obtained his PhD in Environmental Eng. from the UPC in 2005. He was then appointed Mineral Dust Group Leader at the recently created Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Thereafter he worked in the US at NOAA/NCEP, IRI, Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space studies. After obtaining an AXA Chair on Sand and Dust Storms, he re-joined BSC as Head of the Atmospheric Composition Group, AXA Professor on Sand and Dust Storms and Ramon y Cajal Fellow in 2016. In 2017, he was awarded by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering the Agustín de Betancourt y Molina prize for young researchers in recognition for his contributions in the field of environmental risks, and he obtained a ERC Consolidator Grant that started in October 2018. He is Co-I of the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation, one of the only two Earth Ventures-Instrument missions funded by NASA in 2018. He was appointed ICREA Research Professor in Dec. 2019.

Research interests

Carlos Pérez García-Pando is interested on understanding atmospheric aerosols and traces gases, from the physical and chemical processes affecting them, to their effects upon weather, climate, ocean biogeochemistry, air quality and health. His research group develops improved representations of pollutants within atmospheric and climate models to characterize their sources, sinks, atmospheric lifecycles and effects. He is known for his work on dust aerosols; in that context, he holds an AXA Chair that tackles both fundamental and applied research questions related to dust and he lead an ERC Consolidator Grant that investigates the role of the dust mineralogical composition in the climate effects of dust based on theory, experimental campaigns, remote spectroscopy and modeling.  

Selected publications

- Achebak H, Petetin H, Quijal-Zamorano M, Bowdalo D, Pérez García-Pando C & Ballester J 2020, 'Reduction in air pollution and attributable mortality due to COVID-19 lockdown', The Lancet Planetary Health, 4 (7), e268.

- Petetin H, Bowdalo D, Soret A, Guevara M, Jorba O, Serradell K & Pérez García-Pando C 2020, 'Meteorology-normalized impact of the COVID-19 lockdown upon NO2 pollution in Spain', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 11119–11141.

- Guevara M, Tena C, Porquet M, Jorba O & Pérez García-Pando C 2020, 'HERMESv3, a stand-alone multi-scale atmospheric emission modelling framework – Part 2: The bottom–up module', Geoscientific Model Development, 13, 873–903.

- Pu B, Ginoux P, Guo H, Hsu CN, Kimball J, Marticorena B, Malyshev S, Naik V, O'Neill NT, Pérez Garcia-Pando C, Paireau J, Prospero JM, Shevliakova, E, Zhao M 2020, 'Retrieving the global distribution of the threshold of wind erosion from satellite data and implementing it into the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory land-atmosphere model (GFDL AM4.0/LM4.0)', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20, 1, 55 - 81.

- Kelley M, Schmidt GA, Nazarenko LS, Bauer SE, Ruedy R, Russell GL, Ackerman AS, Aleinov I, Bauer M, Bleck R, Canuto V, Cesana G, Cheng Y, Clune TL, Cook BI, Cruz CA, Del Genio AD, Elsaesser GS, Faluvegi G, Kiang NY, Kim D, Lacis AA, Leboissetier A, LeGrande AN, Lo KK, Marshall J, Matthews EE, McDermid S, Mezuman K, Miller RL, Murray LT, Oinas V, Orbe C, Pérez García‐Pando C, Perlwitz JP, Puma MJ, Rind D, Romanou A, Shindell DT, Sun S, Tausnev N, Tsigaridis K, Tselioudis G, Weng E, Wu J & Yao M-S 2020, ‘GISS‐E2.1: Configurations and Climatology‘. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12, 8, e2019MS002025.

Selected research activities

- Coordination of an ERC Consolidator Grant: FRAGMENT.

- Coordination of an AXA Chair at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

- Co-Investigator of EMIT, a NASA Earth Ventures-Instrument (EVI-4) Mission.

- Co-author of 18 peer review papers published, in press or submitted.