Ioannis Tsanis
Professor, Environmental Hydraulics & Geoenvironmental Engineering 
Director of Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory
Division III: Environmental Hydraulics and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Extended CV (pdf)



  • 1988: Post Doc (Visiting Fellow) in National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada, Burlington, Canada
  • 1986: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1979: Μ.Α.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1976: Diploma in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Research Interests

  • Management of Water Resources
  • Climate Change Impact and Adaptation - Extreme Events
  •  Environmental Hydraulics/Hydrology
  • Coastal Engineering

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • DARE:  Development of an integrated 5-dimensional space-based methodology for Assessing and modelling the Response of Erosion dynamics to land use and climatic changes in Mediterranean watersheds”,  Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI), 2018-2021
  • SOILCARE (H2020): SoilCare for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe (2016-2020)
  • IMPREX (H2020): IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes (2015-2019)  
  • RECARE: Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care. Work programme topics addressed: ENV.2013.6.2-4 – FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage (2013-2018).  
  • HELIX: High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes. ENV.2013.6.1-3 Impacts of higher-end scenarios (global average warming > 2 °C with respect to pre-industrial level) – FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage (2013-2017).

Distinctions and Awards

  • Associate Fellow Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Germany (2016- ); Associate Editor of the Journals:  “Journal of Hydrology” and “Climate Services Journal”
  • Coordinator of Research Programmes: a) REINFORCE - ARISTEIA II Action, GSRT and b) SimFLOOD – European Space Agency (ESA)
  • One-highly cited paper (top 1% - Web of Science) and two papers cited in IPCC Report Climate Change 2014Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Part B: Regional Aspects – Europe
  • 1988‐1998 NSERC University Research Fellowship, McMaster University; 1986‐1988 NSERC Visiting Fellowship, National Water Research Institute;
  • 1982 Entrance Fellowship, S.E.L.E.T.E.; 1971 University Entrance Exam Fellowship, Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University

Recent Publications

  • Koutroulis A.G., Grillakis, M.G., Tsanis, I.K., Daniela Jacob, “Mapping the vulnerability of European summer tourism under 2°C global warming”, Climatic Change, September 2018 (accepted).
  • Koutroulis, A.G., Papadimitriou, L.V., Grillakis, M.G., Tsanis, I.K., Ceasar K., Wyser K., Betts R.A. “Simulating hydrological impacts under climate change. Implications from methodological differences of a Pan-European assessment”, Water, September 2018 (accepted).
  • Riva, M.J., Baeza, J., Bautista, S., Christoforou, M., Daliakopoulos, I.N., Hadjimitsis, D., Keizer, J.J., Liniger, H., Quaranta, G., Ribeiro, C., Salvia, R., Tsanis, I.K., Urgeghe, A., Valdecantos, A., Schwilch, G., “How does land management contribute to the resilience of Mediterranean forests and rangelands? A participatory assessment”, Land Degradation & Development, July 2018
  • Richard A. Betts, Lorenzo Alfieri, John Caesar, Jinfeng Chang, Philippe Ciais, Luc, Feyen, Pierre Friedlingstein, Laila Gohar, Aristeidis Koutroulis, Lamprini Papadimitriou, Ioannis Tsanis, Klaus Wyser, Changes in climate extremes, large-scale hydrology and vegetation productivity projected at 1.5°C and 2°C global warming with higher-resolution global climate models, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Α, pii: 20160452. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0452, May 2018.
  • D. Jacob, L. Kotova, C. Teichmann, S.P. Sobolowski, R. Vautard, C. Donnelly, A. G. Koutroulis, M.G. Grillakis, I.K. Tsanis, A. Damm, A. Sakalli, M.T.H. van Vliet, “Climate impacts in Europe under +1.50 C ,  global warming”, Earth’s Future, An Open Access AGU Journal,, January 2018 
  • Tsanis, I.K. and Tapoglou, E., “Winter North Atlantic Oscillation impact on European Precipitation and Drought under Climate Change”, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI: 10.1007/s00704-018-2379-7, January 2018
  • Alexakis, D.D., Stavroulaki, E., Tsanis, I.K., “Using Sentinel-1A interferometry and auxiliary Earth Observation data for monitoring water level changes in two lakes in Crete, Greece”, Geocarto International, January 2018,
  • Grillakis, M.G., Koutroulis, A.G., Daliakopoulos, I.N., Tsanis, I.K., “A method to preserve trends in quantile mapping bias correction of climate modelled temperature”, Earth System Dynamics, 8(3), pp. 889-900, September 2017
  • Papadimitriou, L.V., Koutroulis, A.G., Grillakis, M.G., Tsanis, I.K., “The effect of GCM biases on global runoff simulations of a land surface model”, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, pp.4379-4401, September 2017
  • Daliakopoulos, I.N., Panagea, S.I., Tsanis, I.K., Grillakis, M.G., Koutroulis, A.K., Hessel, R., Mayor, A.G., and Ritsema, C.J., “Yield Response of Mediterranean Rangelands under a Changing Climate”, Land Degradation & Development, 28 (7), pp.1962-1972, May 2017

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Sotiris Tsitsilonis