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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

– Li L, Mahowald NM, Miller RL, Pérez García-Pando C, Klose M, Hamilton DS, Gonçalves Ageitos M, Ginoux P, Balkanski Y, Green RO, Kalashnikova O, Kok JF, Obiso V, Paynter D & Thompson DR 2020, ‘Quantifying the range of the dust direct radiative effect due to source mineralogy uncertainty‘, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 21, 3973–4005.

– Rodriguez-Rey D, M Guevara, MP Linares, J Casanovas, J Salmerón, A Soret, O Jorba, C Tena & C Pérez García-Pando 2021, ‘A coupled macroscopic traffic and pollutant emission modelling system for Barcelona’, Transportation Research Part D, 92, 102725.

– Achebak H, Petetin H, Quijal-Zamorano M, Bowdalo D, Pérez García-Pando C & Ballester J 2020, ‘Trade-offs between short-term mortality attributable to NO2 and O3 changes during the COVID-19 lockdown across major Spanish cities‘, Environmental Pollution, 286, 117220

– Klose M, Jorba O, Goncalves Ageitos M, Escribano J, Dawson ML, Obiso V, Di Tomaso E, Basart S, Montane Pinto G, Macchia F, Ginoux P, Guerschman J, Prigent C, Huang Y, Kok J, Miller RL & Perez Garcia-Pando C 2021, ‘Mineral dust cycle in the Multiscale Online Nonhydrostatic AtmospheRe CHemistry model (MONARCH) Version 2.0’, Geoscientific Model Development, 14, 10, 6403 – 6444.

– Benavides J, Guevara M, Snyder MG, Rodríguez-Rey D, Soret A, Perez Garcia-Pando C & Jorba O 2021, ‘On the impact of excess diesel NOX emissions upon NO2 pollution in a compact city‘, Environmental Reseach Letters,16, 2, 024024.

Selected research activities

– Coordination of an ERC Consolidator Grant: FRAGMENT. Completed unprecedented field campaign in Iceland

– Coordination of the AXA Chair and WMO Dust regional Centers at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

– Co-Investigator of EMIT, a NASA Earth Ventures-Instrument (EVI-4) Mission that will launch in 2022

– Participation in 10+ national and EU projects and contracts

– Co-author of 16 peer review papers published

– Contributing author in 2 IPCC AR6 report Chapters

ICREA Memoir 2021