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

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Adel F. Hanna is an Environmental Scientist whose primary appointment since 2003 is a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development (CEMPD) of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Hanna is also the director of the international center; the Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center, an EPA funded center hosted at UNC since 2003.  He is also an adjunct professor at the department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Hanna’s personal research has for the last 40 years or so focused on atmospheric physical and chemical processes with particular interests in air quality modeling, climate dynamics and impacts of extreme weather and air quality on human health. His early research focused on modeling short-term climate variability in association with El Nino development using global spectral models. He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of projects to analyze air quality, and climate variability impacts on health in the United States and abroad. These include grants from NSF, US-EPA, and the Environmental Agency of the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Hanna’s research results have been published in a number of journals including, Environmental Health, Journal of Atmospheric Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Environment, Journal of Applied Meteorology, and the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Hanna is a member of the (US-EPA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). In 1999, He received the US-EPA Certificate of Appreciation for contributions and science leadership leading to the completion of the Models-3/ Community Multi-scale Air Quality system. In 2011, He also received the US-EPA Certificate of Appreciation for leadership on outreach and training on air quality modeling around the world.

Professional Focus
Air quality modeling and analyses; meteorological modeling and analyses; climate dynamics and variability.

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

Honors, Fellowships & Awards
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Fellowship, British Meteorological Office, Dynamical Climatology Branch, 1974

US-EPA Certificate of Appreciation for contributions and science leadership leading to the completion to the Models-3 Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) system, 1999

US-EPA Certificate of Appreciation for leadership on outreach and training on air quality modeling around the world, 2011

Professional Services
Associate Editor, Journal of Advancement in Meteorology
Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation
Proposal Reviewer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Proposal Reviewer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Reviewer and Guest Editor, Atmospheric Environment
Reviewer, Journal of Applied Meteorology
Reviewer, Air and Waste Management Association
Reviewer, Environmental Modeling & Software

Chair and the program director of the annual Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) conference for 16 years with international hosting in S. Korea (2011), Brazil (2012 and 2017), Columbia (2015), and China (2018)

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 (special degree), Ain Shams University, 1966

Selected Publications

Snyder, M., Arunachalam, S., Isakov, V., Talgo, K., Naess, B., Valncia, A., Omary, M., Davis, N., Cook, R., and A. Hanna. (2014) Creating locally-resolved mobile-source emissions inputs for air quality modeling in support of an exposure study in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 12739-12766; doi:10.3390/ijerph111212739

Meng Q, Richmond-Bryant J, Lu SE, Buckley B, Welsh WJ, Whitsel E, A, Hanna A, Yeatts KB, Warren J, Herring AH, Xiu A. (2013) Cardiovascular outcomes and the physical and chemical properties of metal ions found in particulate matter air pollution: a QICAR study. Environmental Health Perspectives. doi:10.1289/ehp.1205793

Aneja, V., A. Aiyyer, A. Hanna, U. Shankar, Z. Adelman, S. Arunachalam, S. T. Rao, R. Mathur, D. Mobley, V. Ramaswamy, V. Krishna, V. Manickam, M. P. Singh, J. Biswas, AND E. Upadhyay. U.S. – India Collaboration on Air Quality and Climate Research and Education. EM: Air and Waste Mnangement Associations Magazine for Environmental Managers. Air & Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, March (3):30-36, (2012).

Hanna. A. F., K B. Yeatts, A. Xiu, Z. Zhu, R. L. Smith, N. N. Davis, K. D. Talgo, G. Arora, P. J. Robinson, Q. Meng, and J. P. Pinto, 2011, Associations between Ozone and Morbidity using the Spatial Synoptic Classification System, Environmental Health, 2011, 10:49 (24 May 2011

Ching, J. S., M. Brown, S. Burian, F. Chen, R. Cionco, A. Hanna, T. Hultgren, T. McPherson, D. Sailor, H. Taha, and D. Williams, 2009. National Urban Database and Access Portal Tool, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 90, 1157-1168

Hanna, A. F, and W. Benjey, 2006, Evaluation of urban and regional Eulerian air quality models, Special Issue on Model Evaluation, Atmos. Environ, 40, 4809-4810

Mathur, R., U. Shankar, A.F. Hanna, et al., The multi-scale air quality simulation platform (MAQSIP): initial applications, and performance for tropospheric ozone and particulate matter, Journal f Geophysical Res., Vol. 110, No. D13, D13308,, 15 July 2005

Aneja, V. P., J. Brittig, D-S Kim, and A. F. Hanna, 2004, Ozone and other Air Quality-Related Variables Affecting Visibility in the Southeast United States, J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc., 54, 681 – 688

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, 40, 2068-2082.

Hanna, A. F., D. E. Stevens, and E. R. Reiter, 1984. Short-term climatic fluctuations forced by thermal anomalies, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 41, 122-141.

Science Algorithms of the EPA Models-3 Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System (Chapter 14: Photolysis Rates for CMAQ)/ EPA/600/R-99/030, 1999