Department of Civil Engineer and Geomatics (CEG)
Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Cyprus University of Technology (CUT)

Chief Operating Manager of the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence


Senior Researcher A

Education: B.Sc. in Mathematics (Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece), M.Sc. in Agricultural Meteorology (Univ.  Reading, U.K.), Ph.D.  in Meteorology (Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece), Masters degree in Public Sector Management ‐ MPSM (Cyprus International Institute of Management).

Professional background / participation in funded projects: He is currently a Senior Researcher A at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Lab (ERATOSTHENES Research Centre). He was appointed in July 1974 as a Scientific Officer in the Cyprus’ Department of Meteorology and later promoted to various higher level scientific and administrative positions. Until 2008, he worked as a weather  forecaster  and  later  as  the  Officer‐in‐Change of  the  Weather Forecasting Office and from 2009 until 2015, as the Director of the Department of Meteorology; in this capacity, he served as the Permanent Representative of Cyprus with the World Meteorological Organization and Representative of Cyprus to various international and European organizations (EUMETNET, ECOMET, IPCC, GEO). He also served for five years as the Chairman of the Tender Board of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus. He is a Member of the American Meteorological Society, the Hellenic Meteorological Society and the Cyprus Meteorological Association; also a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and an Emeritus Member of European Geosciences Union. In 1988, he was awarded the International Research Award for Young Scientist by the World Meteorological Organization; in 1983 he was awarded the Meteorology Prize by the University of Reading, U.K. Also, two Prizes for Excellence were awarded by the Greek Foundation for Scholarships in 1971 and 1972. He is the Chief Operating Manager of the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence.

More than 42‐years of research, as Principal Investigator and Work Package leader in six (6) Scientific Projects funded by the European Union Framework Programmes (FP4, FP5, FP6 and FP7), Project Manager of three (3) INTERREG Projects funded by the European Union, Coordinator or participant as Principal Investigator of nine (9) locally funded scientific projects (RPF) and Member of the Management Committees and Researcher in four (4) COST Projects.

He has published 120 peer‐reviewed papers in International Journals, 5 books, 16 book chapters and over 160 International Conference Proceedings and Abstracts. He has Guest Edited 16 International Journal Special Issues, several Conference Proceedings and other publications. He is an Associate Editor of Atmospheric Research, and Heliyon and also Member of the Editorial Board of Renewable Energy and Remote Sensing.

Research interests: Meteorology, Climatology, Remote Sensing, Applications of Neural Networks.

Selected publications:

  1. Melillos, G., Agapiou, A., Themistocleous, K., Michaelides, S., Papadavid, G., Hadjimitsis, D.G. (2019): Field spectroscopy for the detection of underground military structures. European Journal of Remote Sensing, 52(1), 385–399, https://doi.org/10.1080/22797254.2019.1625075.
  2. Themistocleous, K., Papoutsa, C., Michaelides, S., Hadjimitsis, D. (2020): Investigating detection of floating plastic litter from space using Sentinel-2 imagery. Remote Sensing, 12, 2648. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12162648.
  3. Michaelides, S. (2020): Long-Term Analysis of Atmospheric Energetics Components over the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. Atmosphere, 11, 976. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11090976.
  4. Retalis, A., Katsanos, D. Tymvios, F., Michaelides, S. (2020): Comparison of GPM IMERG and TRMM 3B43 products over Cyprus, Remote Sensing, 12, 3212. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12193212.
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