Director, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development; Research Professor

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Adel Hanna was the head of MCNC-Environmental Modeling Center. He has over thirty years experience in environmental modeling and data analysis with emphasis on computational methodologies and model developments including air quality and global climate models. His research interests include the areas’ meteorological analyses, atmospheric radiation, regional visibility, and uncertainty and sensitivity analyses.

Professional Focus
Air quality modeling and analyses; meteorological modeling and analyses; global and regional climate variability and change.

Member, American Meteorological Society
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, NCSC allocation committee

1974. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Fellowship, British Meteorological Office, Dynamical Climatology Branch
1999. EPA Certificate of Appreciation for contributions and science leadership leading to the completion to the Models-3 Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) system

1992 – 2002. Manager, Environmental Research, MCNC Environmental Modeling Center, Research Triangle Park, NC
1990 – 1992. Research Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC
1985 – 1990. Research Meteorologist, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC
1983 – 1985. Scientist, Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD
1982 – 1983. Research Associate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1982
M.S., Meteorology, Cairo University, 1977
B.S., Mathematics, Ain Shams University, 1966

Selected Publications

Hanna, A.F., R. Mathur, J. Pinto, and C. Jang, Seasonal modeling of the export of pollutants from North America using the Multi Scale Air Quality Simulation Platform (MAQSIP), to be presented at the Workshop on Photooxidants, Particles, and Haze Across the Arctic and North Atlantic: Observations and Models, CIESIN, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, June 12-15, 2001.

Alapaty, K., N.L. Seaman, D.S. Niyogi, and, A. F. Hanna 2001: Assimilating Surface Data to Improve the Accuracy of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Simulations. Journal of Applied Meteorology (in press).

Hanna, A.F., et al., MAQSIP Seasonal run, transport mechanism and real-time forecasting of ozone, First annual Models-3 workshop, June 12-14, 2000.

Hanna, A.F., R. Mathur, J. Pinto and K. Alapaty, Modeling the episodic transport of air pollutants from Asia to North America,, 1999.

Hanna, A. F., R. Mathur, K. Alapaty, J. Pinto, A. Ramadan, and M. Elmessiry, A modeling study of pollution episodes over industrial regions in North Africa, Proceedings of the Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, 79th AMS annual meeting, Dallas, Texas, January 10-15, 70-71, 1999.

Fine, S. S., C. J. Coats, Jr., A. F. Hanna, D. H. Loughlin, J. N. McHenry, R.,Mathur, W. T. Smith, N. J. M. Wheeler, The Environmental Decision Support System: A capable and versatile contribution to a community modeling and analysis system for air quality. Development and Application of Computer Techniques to Environmental Studies, D. W. Pepper, C. A. Brebbia, and P. Zannetti, Eds., WIT Press, Boston, 317-326, 1998.

Shankar U., A. F. Hanna, R. Mathur, P. Kasibhatla, and F. Giorgi, Development of a coupled regional climate-chemistry model: description and preliminary results, AAAR annual meeting in Denver Colorado, October 13-17, 1997.

Roselle S. J., A. F. Hanna, J. C. Jang, K.L. Schere, and J. E. Pleim, Development and testing of an improved photolysis rate model for regional photochemical modeling, A&WMA 90TH annual meeting, Toronto, Ontario, 8 – 13 June, 1997.

Hanna, A.F., H. Karimi, K. Galluppi, J. Ambrosiano, S. Fine and S. Thorpe, A concept for global climate change education and training, Fifth Symposium on Education the Twelfth Interactive Information Processing Systems Conference of the 76TH annual AMS meeting, 28 January- 2 February, 1996. Atlanta, Georgia, June 1-6, 1996.

Alapaty, K., D. Olerud, K. Schere, and A. F. Hanna, Sensitivity of the Regional Oxidant Model Predictions to Prognostic and Diagnostic Meteorological Drivers, Journal of Applied Meteorology , 34, 1887-1801, 1995.

Byun D., and A. F. Hanna, Multiscale air quality modeling using EDSS/MODELS-3 prototypes; concept and project overview, Proceedings of the 21st NATO/CCMS international technical meeting on air pollution modeling and its application, Baltimore, MD, November 6-10, 1995.

Hanna, A.F., F. S. Binkowski, U. Shankar, and R. Mathur, Analysis of radiation profiles during cloudy conditions using an Eulerian Regional Particulate Model. AAAR (American Association for Aerosol Research) Annual meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1995.

Hanna, A. F., U. Shankar, and R. Mathur, Sensitivity of tropospheric heating rates to aerosols: a modeling study, Proceedings of the A&WMA international specialty conference on Global Climate Change science, policy, and mitigation strategies. Phoenix, Arizona, April 5 – 8, 316-322, 1994.

Hanna, A. F., F. S. Binkowski, and U. Shankar, Analysis of regional visibility in the eastern United States using aerosol models, Proceedings of the A&WMA International Specialty Conference on Regional Photochemical Measurement and Modeling Studies. San Diego, CA 742-757, 1993.