Ioannis Sofiadis


  • PhD, School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018-)
    Thesis: “The impact of land cover changes on the European climate using regional climate models”.
  • Msc in Meteorology & Climatology, School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2017)
  • Bsc in Mathematics, School of Mathematics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2013)

Research Interests

  • Regional climate modeling and evaluation
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Impacts of land use/land cover change on regional climate

Scholarships / Awards

  • Scholarship of Excellence, Hellenic Institute for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK) 2020-2022
  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year (ETH Zurich).
  • MedCLIVAR best poster award for the study: “Climatic impact of an extreme land cover change scenario on the Mediterranean region“, Belgrade, Serbia, September 19-21, 2018.


  1. CORDEX- Flagship Pilot Study CORDEX-Flagship Pilot Study: Land use change across scales (LUCAS)

  2. EC, H2020, Enhancing Food Security in AFRIcan AgriCULTUral Systems with the Support of REmote Sensing (Africultures)

  3. State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) & German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Greece-Germany bilateral cooperation, Impact of Land Use Changes on regional and local climate in Europe: present and future climate projections (LUCE), 2018-2019 (IKYDA 2018).


  • Davin, E. L., Rechid, D., Breil, M.,Cardoso, R. M., Coppola, E., Hoffmann, P., Jach, L. L., Katragkou, E., de Noblet-Ducoudré, N., Radtke, K., Raffa, M., Soares, P. M. M.,Sofiadis, G., Strada, S., Strandberg, G., Tölle, M. H., Warrach-Sagi,K., and Wulfmeyer, V.: Biogeophysical impacts of forestation in Europe: first results from the LUCAS (Land Use and Climate Across Scales) regional climate model intercomparison, Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 183–200,, 2020
  • Fita, L., Polcher, J., Giannaros, T.M., Lorenz, T., Milovac, J., Sofiadis, G., Katragkou, E., Bastin, S., CORDEX-WRF v1.3: Development of a module for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to support the CORDEX community (2019) Geosci. Model Dev., 12 (3), pp. 1029-1066. doi: 10.5194/gmd-12-1029-2019.