Iran

Storm tracks, atmospheric blockings and severe dust storm events in the MENA region under SRM geoengineering

Project summary

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is mostly arid with limited water availability as well as a growing population. The region is highly vulnerable to any changes in extreme weather events, such as storm tracks, atmospheric blockings, and severe dust storms. Under these conditions, an assessment of future climate change, factoring in increased levels of CO2 and potentially geoengineering projects, is of great importance to this region. Dr Karami and team will be the region’s first scientists to undertake research on geoengineering and its potential impacts. The results from this research will enable the research team to identify potential threats and opportunities in the MENA region and discuss their findings with national, regional, and international stakeholders. The project is hosted at the Center for Research in Climate Change and Global Warming – IASBS.

Envisat image of a sandstorm blowing across the Persian Gulf toward Iran. Photo credit: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The team

Dr Khalil KaramiDr Khalil Karami (Iranian) – Principal Investigator
Center for Research in Climate Change and Global Warming – IASBS

Dr Khalil Karami completed his PhD at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany where his main focus was on the middle atmospheric physics and dynamics and the top-down coupling of the middle atmosphere to the troposphere. He is currently an Atmospheric Science Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan, Iran, where he is conducting fundamental research on the variability of the upper tropospheric storm-tracks. He is particularly interested in the role of atmospheric waves – from their generation to their propagation and their breaking – in the large-scale dynamics and circulation of the atmosphere.
Seyed Vahid MousaviSeyed Vahid Mousavi (Iranian)
Center for Research in Climate Change and Global Warming – IASBS

Vahid Mousavi received his MSc in Physics from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan, Iran. He is currently working as a Researcher at the Center for Research on Climate Change and Global Warming (CRCC), where he is studying the variability of the regional climate in the Middle East by using regional climate models. In addition, he is also conducting research on the variability of storm-tracks.
Dr Mohammad Saeed Najafi (Iranian)
Water Research Institute