I have always been fascinated by processes in nature and that is the reason I decided to study physics as my Bachelor. I graduated from the University of Athens on 2009 and I majored in Environmental/Atmospheric Physics. After spending a year in the army I decided that I it was time to move out of Greece to pursue the higher qualifications. For my Masters studies I chose take a leap of faith and studied Volcanology and Geological Hazards in Lancaster University, since the complexity of the systems involved intrigued me. While finishing my Masters I found a project advertised by UEA that required a combination of solid knowledge in Atmospheric Physics and some knowledge in Volcanology. As this project literally defined me I applied and thankfully got accepted with a scholarship from UEA.

All Publications

Poulidis, A., Renfrew, I., Matthews, A.


Thermally Induced Convective Circulation and Precipitation over an Isolated Volcano

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Key Research Interests

I’m generally fascinated by non-linear dynamics. My main interest lies in computational modelling of environmental processes (boundary layer and mesoscale). I have mainly worked with atmospheric processes, but I’ve also tried different areas throughout the years (including volcanic conduit modelling as my Masters dissertation).

After my Masters I’ve also developed a taste for natural hazards risk assessment and mitigation – especially volcanically related.

My PhD

For my PhD I’m studying the effect of an active volcano at the atmospheric circulation of an island, specifically Soufriere Hills in Montserrat, an island in the Caribbean, using the WRF model.

While there have been numerous studies about atmospheric flow over a hill little research has been done for the case of a heated hill – an active volcano, and the effects that it has, especially concerning rainfall patterns.

Rainfall plays an important role in Montserrat as it has been proposed by various researchers that it can act as a trigger for eruptions. After the project it is expected that a better understanding of the role of the volcano on the rainfall patterns will have been achieved, both by examining the effects on the orographic flow and the effect of cloud generation by volcanic material.

Research Group Membership

My current supervisors are Prof. Ian Renfrew and Dr. Adrian Matthews.

For my Masters I worked with Dr. Mike James and Dr. Steve Lane in Lancaster University, while for my Bachelor I worked with Prof. Costas Helmis and Dr. George Sgouros in the University of Athens.