Ioannis Tsanis, Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical Univeristy of Crete, was appointed as an Associate Fellow Member of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).GERICS was initiated by the German Federal Government in 2009 as a fundamental part of the German hightech-strategy for climate protection. Since June 2014, GERICS has been a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht – Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH.
Dr. Tsanis is a Full Professor in the School of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, the Director of the Water Resources Management and Coastal Engineering Laboratory at TUC, an Associate Fellow Member of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University, Canada.
His research has advanced our understanding in the fundamental fluid mechanics of the generalized Couette flow, and the results on the structure of the countercurrent flow are used in 3D coastal circulation models including the one that he developed for use in Great Lakes in Canada, in Lake Biwa in Japan and in the nearshore coastal area of Crete and other coastal areas in Greece. He with his research team developed a 3D hydrodynamic and pollutant transport model for effective engineering design of submerged outfalls and water intakes built in nearshore areas. In collaboration with a number of international teams, his research advanced our fundamental knowledge in pollutant dispersion in water bodies and also advanced our understanding on the wave-current interaction and wave directional spectra in Lake Ontario, Lake St.Clair and in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dr. Tsanis worked in Hydroinformatics with the use of new technologies such as Geographical Information Systems in hydraulic/hydrology/water quality/coastal applications, the hydrology of flash floods with radar observations and flood mapping with the use of Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite remote sensing. He is currently participating in several research projects (NSERC, FP7 & H2020, ESA, EEA) studying the impact of climate change on extreme events (floods and droughts), ecosystem tipping points, agriculture, tourism, energy and climate change adaptation and governance in water management and forecasting of hydrometeorological extremes that produce floods with radar and satellite remote sensing and lightning activity.
Professor Tsanis is a first author in two books on mixing zone models and hydrodynamic and pollutant transport modelling in lakes and coastal waters and a sole author in a third book (in Greek) on problems in computational hydraulics and environmental engineering. He has published over 300 scientific journal (including one highly cited paper in the top 1% of the academic field of Engineering based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year), conference papers/posters, technical reports and book chapters and has participated as coordinator or partner in more than sixty (60) research projects in the thematic areas of hydroinformatics, integrated water resources management and coastal areas, hydraulic/hydrologic modeling, extreme events (floods and droughts), climate change and impacts on tourism, water resources, energy and agriculture. He was a Member of the Board of Governors and Scientific Committee (Environmental Sector) of the Ministry of Industry in Greece, (2001-2004) and was the director of the Graduate Program entitled: Environmental and Sanitary Engineering” in the Technical University of Crete that was funded by the European Union (2003-2004) and is still in operation now. He delivered many invited lectures and keynote addresses around the world on the subject of climate change and its impact on water resources in Europe and Canada. He is also a member of expert international panels and proposal evaluation teams in European Community (EU) in areas of water resources, ICT, climate change and extreme events, desertification, innovative training networks and in “Smart Cities”.
A graduate of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Dipl. Civ. Eng.) and University of Toronto (M.A.Sc. and Ph.D., Civil Engineering), Dr. Tsanis received a prestigious fellowship (Visiting Fellowship in Government Research Laboratories) and worked as a NSERC Visiting Fellow in the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) in Burlington, Ontario. He also received a highly prestigious fellowship URF (University Research Fellowship) in Canada and worked as a University Research Fellow (URF) and Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology and the Climate Services Journal, a Member of EURO-CORDEX (European Climate Change Research in Europe); CCLM - COSMO-Climate Limited-area Modelling Community; MedCLIVAR (Mediterranean CLImate VARiability and Predictability); HYMEX (Hydrological Cycle of Mediterranean Experiment); McMaster Centre for Climate Change in Canada and European Drought Center (EDC). During the last 10 years he was involved as a partner and/or coordinator in FP6 (WATCH, HYDRATE, SCENES) and FP7 (COMBINE, ECLISE, IMPACT2C, CASCADE, HELIX) projects, European Space Agency (ESA) (SIMFLOOD), GSRT ARISTEIA II Action (REINFORCE) and bilateral cooperation projects (Greece& USA/Canada, Cyprus (FLASH FLOOD FORECASTING, SATFLOOD) and a European Economic Area (AQUAMAN) grant. Dr. Tsanis is currently involved in FP7 (RECARE) and Horizon2020 (IMPREX, SOILCARE) projects.