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

Conducting research in the following areas:

  • Management of Water Resources
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Climate Change - Extreme Events
  • Coastal Engineering

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • 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).  
  • CASCADE: CAtastrophic Shifts in drylands: how CAn we prevent ecosystem DEgradation? Collaborative Project/ Large Scale Integrated Project FP7‐ENV‐2011 (Dec. 2012‐ Sept. 2017).

Distinctions and Awards

  • Appointed as an Associate Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), Hamburg, Germany (2016 - )
  • Coordinator of REINFORCE: ARISTEIA II Action,GSRT (2014-2015) and SIMFLOOD (European Space Agency (ESA) (2009-2011)
  • One-highly cited paper (top 1% - Web of Science (2009-2016)) and 2 papers cited in IPCC Report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, 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 Universit

Recent Publications

  • 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 Syst. Dynam. Discuss.,, September 2017  
  • 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, September 2017 (accepted)  
  • Koutroulis, A.G., Papadimitriou, L.V., Grillakis, M.G., Tsanis, I.K., Wyser K., Betts R.A., “Freshwater vulnerability under high end climate change. A pan-European assessment” Science of the Total Environment,, 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”, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discussions,, August 2017  
  • Alexakis, D.D., Mexis, P.D., Vozinaki, A.-E.K., Daliakopoulos, I.N., Tsanis, I.K., “Soil Moisture Content Estimation Based on Sentinel-1 and Auxiliary Earth Observation products. A Hydrological Approach”, Sensors, June 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, February 2017  
  • Alexakis, D.D., Daliakopoulos, I.N., Panagea, I.S., Tsanis, I.K., “Assessing Soil Salinity with the use of WorldView-2 Multispectral Images in Timpaki, Crete, Greece” Geocarto International, November 2016  
  • Grillakis, M.G., Koutroulis, A.G., Komma, J., Tsanis, I.K., Wagner, W., Blöschl, G., “Initial soil moisture effects on flash flood generation–A comparison between basins of contrasting hydro-climatic conditions”, Journal of Hydrology, 541(A), pp.206-217, October 2016  
  • Flocas, H., Tsanis, I.K., Katavoutas, G., Kouroutzoglou, J., Iordanidou, V., Alexakis, D.D., “Climatological aspects of cyclonic tracks associated with flood events in Crete, Greece”, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, pp. 1-12, October 2016
  • Vozinaki Α.-Ε. Κ., Morianou G.G., Alexakis D.D., Tsanis I.K., “High resolution topographic data in 1D and combined 1D/2D hydraulic simulations, the case study of the Koiliaris basin, Greece”, Hydrological Sciences Journal, pp. 642-656, September 2016  

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Sotiris Tsitsilonis