Dionysios Raitsos

Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Faculty, Athens, Greece


Research Interests

Remote Sensing, Marine Biology, and Climate Change​

Selected Publications

  1. Papadopoulos V.P., Abualnaja Y., Josey S.A., Bower A., Raitsos D.E., Kontoyiannis H., Hoteit I. (In press-accepted). Atmospheric forcing of the winter air-sea heat fluxes over the northern Red Sea. Journal of Climate. xx-xx

  2. Tsiaras K.P., Kourafalou V.H., Raitsos D.E., Triantafyllou G., Petihakis G. and Korres G. (2012). Inter-annual productivity variability in the North Aegean Sea: influence of thermohaline circulation during the Eastern Mediterranean Transient. Journal of Marine Systems. 96-97: pp72-81

  3. Korres G., Triantafyllou G, Petihakis G., Raitsos D.E, Hoteit I., A. Pollani, Colella S. and Tsiaras K. (2011). A data assimilation tool for the Pagasitikos Gulf ecosystem dynamics: methods and benefits. Journal of Marine Systems. 94: 102-117.

  4. Pancucci-Papadopoulou M.A., Raitsos D.E., Corsini-Foka M. (2012). Biological invasions and climatic warming: implications for South Eastern Aegean ecosystem functioning. Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA). 92(4), 777–789.

  5. Raitsos D.E., Korres G., Triantafyllou G., Petihakis G., Pantazi M., Tsiaras K. and Pollani A. (2012). Assessing chlorophyll variability in relation to the environmental regime in Pagasitikos Gulf, Greece. Journal of Marine Systems. 94: 16-22.

  6. Raitsos D.E., Hoteit I., Prihartato P.K., Chronis T., Triantafyllou G., Abualnaja Y. (2011). Abrupt warming of the Red Sea. Geophysical Research Letters. 38: L14601

  7. Chronis T., Raitsos D.E., and Kassis D. (2011). The influence of summer North Atlantic Oscillation on the Eastern Mediterranean. Journal of Climate. 24: 5584-5596.

  8. Raitsos D.E., Lavender S.J., Maravelias C.D., Haralabous J., McQuatters-Gollop A., Edwards M, and Reid P.C. (2011). Macroscale factors affecting diatom abundance: a synergistic use of Continuous Plankton Recorder and satellite remote sensing data. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 32(8): 2081–2094.

  9. Brewin R.J.W., Hardman-Mountford N.J., Lavender S.J, Raitsos D.E., Hirata T., Uitz J., Devred E., Bricaud A., Ciotti A., Gentili B. (2010). An intercomparison of bio-optical techniques for detecting dominant phytoplankton size class from satellite remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment: 115: 325-339.

  10. Raitsos D.E., Beaugrand G., Georgopoulos D., Zenetos A., Pancucci-Papadopoulou M.A., Theocharis A., Papathanassiou E. (2010). Global climate change amplifies the entry of tropical species into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Limnology and Oceanography. 55(4): 1478-1484.

  11. Henson, S., Raitsos D., Dunne J.P. & McQuatters-Gollop A. (2009). Decadal variability in biogeochemical models : comparison with a 50-year ocean colour dataset. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L21601.

  12. Karageorgis, A.P., V.H. Kourafalou, C. Anagnostou, K.P. Tsiaras, D.E. Raitsos, V. Papadopoulos and A. Papadopoulos. (2009). River induced particle distribution in the Northwestern Black Sea (September 2002 and 2004). Journal of Geophysical Research. 114 (C12003): 1-16.

  13. Raitsos D.E., Lavender S.J., Maravelias C.D., Haralambous J., Richardson A.J., Reid P.C. (2008). Identifying phytoplankton functional groups from space: an ecological approach. Limnology and Oceanography. 53(2): 605-613.

  14. McQuatters-Gollop A., LD. Mee, Raitsos D.E., G.I. Shapiro. (2008). Non-linearities, regime shifts and recovery: The recent influence of climate on Black Sea chlorophyll. Journal of Marine Systems. 74: 649-658.

  15. McQuatters-Gollop A., Raitsos D.E., Edwards M., Pradhan Y., Mee LD., Lavender S.J., Attrill M.J. (2007). A long-term chlorophyll dataset reveals a regime shift in North Sea phytoplankton biomass unconnected to increasing nutrient levels. Limnology and Oceanography. 52(2) 635-648.

  16. McQuatters-Gollop A., Raitsos D.E., Edwards M., Attrill M.J. (2007). Spatial patterns of diatom and dinoflagellate seasonal cycles in the North – East Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 339: 301-306.

  17. Raitsos D.E., Lavender S.J., Pradhan Y., Tyrrell T., Reid P.C., Edwards, M. (2006). Coccolithophore Bloom Size Variation in Response to the Regional Environment of the Subarctic North Atlantic. Limnology and Oceanography. 51: 2122-2130.

  18. Raitsos D.E., Reid P.C., Lavender S.J., Edwards M., Richardson A.J. (2005). Extending the SeaWiFS chlorophyll data set back 50 years in the northeast Atlantic. Geophysical Research Letters. 32, L06603.


  1. Tsaltas G.I. and Katsimpardis K [Eds.] (2011). Copenhagen 2009: The Environment in the Middle of an International Crisis. Authors: Raitsos D., chapter on Eastern Mediterranean Climate Change. Sideris publications. 2011, 423 p. ISBN 978-960-08-0561-1

  2. Lavender S., Raitsos D.E. and Pradhan Y. (2008). Chapter 8: The seasonal and longer term variations in the phytoplankton of the North Eastern Atlantic Ocean: from the Irish Sea to Bay of Biscay. Pages 67-78. Book title: Remote Sensing of the European Seas. ISBN 978-1-4020-6771-6


  • Ph.D., in Satellite & Biological Oceanography (Scholarship), University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2006
  • M.Sc., in Marine and Fisheries Science (Distinction), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2002
  • B.Sc., in Marine Biology (Honours), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom, 200

Research Interests Keywords

Marine microbiology Climate Change Effect on Biology Marine ecology

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