Prof Kosmas Pavlopoulos

Meet our Research Faculty

Prof Kosmas Pavlopoulos Prof Kosmas Pavlopoulos
Professor of Geology-Geomorphology
Geography and Planning
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Research Interests

  • Kosmas Pavlopoulos (KP) was born in Athens, Greece. He received his B.Sc. in Geology and Ph.D. in Environmental Geomorphology from the University of Athens, Greece in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Since 2013, KP is Professor on environmental geomorphology in Geography and Planning Department at the University of Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. His previous appointments have been in Geography Department at the Harokopio University, Athens, Greece since 1999. He was chair of the working group on geoarcheology of IAG from 2009 to 2017 and member of the Scientific Committee of the French Archaeological School in Athens from 2010 to 2017. From 2017 is member of the Executive Committee of IAG (International Association of Geomorphologists) as Publication Officer. External reviewer as an expert in Geosciences, in Higher Education, for accreditation of new or existing higher education institutions and new academic programs
  • Recognised specialist in the field of coastal geomorphology, sedimentology, Quaternary Paleo environments, sea level changes, and Quaternary climatic variability. His research focuses on the sediments depositional environments on arid and semi-arid areas, geomorphological evolution of marginal landscapes, on the sea level changes, on the hydrogeology and the wadi dynamic, on water resources management and on natural hazards, in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East
  • He has participated in 59 research projects, in 20 of which as coordinator. He has more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters (72 currently shown in Scopus) and his work received more than 749 citations (h-index = 17, co-authors 150, source Scopus) and (166 currently shown in Research Gate), 1261 citations (h-index = 31.41, source Research Gate). KP has been a supervisor in more than 9 PhD and as member of the supervising committee of more than 14 PhD students. He is member, as an expert in Geosciences and environment, for the evaluation of research projects launched by the Greek Ministry of Research since 2000, by the French institute of CNRS 2004-2007 (ECLIPSE program), by French ministry of Education and Research from 2012- 2013 (ANR project), by the MIUR (the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research) 2015-2016 (Reprise project) and by the Ford Motor Company in 2016 (Conservation and Environmental Grants)

PhD in

  • Environmental Geomorphology

Publications Books

    KP has published as main author or co-author the following books:

  • PAVLOPOULOS K., 2011, « Geomorphology: Introduction in Geosciences (In Greek), p.780, ION 2011
  • PAVLOPOULOS K., EVELPIDOU N., VASSSILOPOULOS A. 2009. "Mapping Geomorphological Environments", p.230, Springer 2009
  • PAVLOPOULOS K., GALANI A., “Geology-Geography for the 1st First class of high school."(In Greek) Student Book p.150, teacher book p.140 and workbook exercises p.50, Pedagogical Institute, Greek Ministry of Education, 2009
  • PAVLOPOULOS K., 1992. “Geomorphological evolution of South Attica, Greek” (IN Greek). GAIA 2, Editions of the Geological department of the University of Athens, p. 280

Selected publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals from 2011 to recent

  • KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS, OLGA KOUKOUSIOURA, MARIA TRIANTAPHYLLOU, DIMITRIS VANDARAKIS, SOLÈNE MARION DE PROCÉ, VASSILIA CHONDRAKI, ERIC FOUACHE, VASILIOS KAPSIMALIS, 2018. “Mid Holocene geomorphological changes in the coastal area of Farasan Al-Kabir Island (Saudi Arabia) based on a multi-proxy approach” Quaternary International v.493,pp. 198-211
  • K. PAVLOPOULOS, A. LEONTARITIS, C. ATHANASSAS, CH. PETRAKOU, D. VANDARAKIS,, K. NIKOLAKOPOULOS, L. STAMATOPOULOS AND K. THEODORAKOPOULOU, 2018. ” Last glacial geomorphologic records in Mt Chelmos, North Peloponnesus, Greece”. Journal of Mountainous Sciences, J. Mt. Sci. (2018) 15(5): 948-965
  • DAMIEN ARHAN, KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS AND ERIC FOUACHE, 2018. “Holocene sea-level variations and human occupation, Al Gharbia, United Arab Emirates”. Accepted, under publication, in Journal of Arabian Geosciences (Springer)
  • NIKOLAOS LIOSIS, PRASHANTH REDDY MARPU, KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS, TAHA BMJ OUARDA, 2018. “Ground subsidence monitoring with SAR interferometry techniques in the rural area of Al Wagan, UAE”. Accepted under publication in Remote Sensing of Environment, v.216, pp.276-288, Elsevier
  • Ghillardi M., Vachi M., Curras A., Celka S.M, Theurillat T., Lemos I., Pavlopoulos K., 2018. “Géoarchéologie des paysages littoraux le long du golfe sud-eubéen (île d’Eubée, Grèce) au cours de l’Holocène”. Quaternaire, 29 (2), pp. 95-120
  • Drakopoulou, P., Kapsimalis, V., Parcharidis, I., Pavlopoulos, K., 2018. Retrieval of nearshore bathymetry in the Gulf of Chania, NW Crete, Greece, from WorldWiew-2 multispectral imagery. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Volume 10773, 2018, Article number 107730W6th International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information of the Environment, RSCy 2018; Paphos; Cyprus; 26 March 2018 through 29 March 2018; Code 138745.
  • Kosmas Pavlopoulos, Daniel Moraetis, Andreas Scharf, Michael Foumelis, and Eric Fouache, 2018. Pleistocene uplift evidences and geomorphological processes, along the Daghmar-Dibbab coastal area, (NE Oman), Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 20, EGU2018-5791, 2018
  • Jérôme Rohmer, Ahmad Al-Jallad, Mahmud al-Hajiri, Rozan Alkhatib Alkontar, Tara Beuzen-Waller, Paul Calou, Damien Gazagne & Kosmas Pavlopoulos, 2018. The Thāj Archaeological Project: results of the first field season, Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 48 (2018): 287–302, Archaeopress Oxford 2018
  • John Underhill, Peter Styles, Kosmas Pavlopoulos 2018. “Ithaka Unbound? The story continues”. Geoscientist v.28, n.4 pp.10-15, May 2018
  • Evan K. Paleologos, Abdel-Mohsen O. Mohamed, and Kosmas Pavlopoulos, 2017.” Potential Geologic Environments for Nuclear Waste Emplacement in the United Arab Emirates”. MATEC Web of Conference v.120, 06003 (2017), pp. 1-9, DOI: 10.1051/, 06003 (2017)
  • DESPINA MINOS-MINOPOULOS, DALE DOMINEY-HOWES, KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS, 2017. « Vulnerability assessment of archaeological sites to earthquake hazard: an indicator based method integrating spatial and temporal aspects”. ANNALS OF GEOPHYSICS, 60, 4, 2017, S0445, doi: 10.4401/ag-7157
  • D. VANDARAKIS & K. PAVLOPOULOS & K. VOUVALIDIS & E. FOUACHE, 2016. ” Holocene lithostratigraphy and its implementation in the geoarchaeological research of the Athenian Basin, Greece”. Anthropological and archaeological Sciences 2016, v.8, pp.441-452
  • MINOS-MINOPOULOS, D. , PAVLOPOULOS, K., APOSTOLOPOULOS, G., LEKKAS, E., DOMINEY-HOWES,D. 2015 «Liquefaction features at an archaeological site: Investigations of past earthquake events at the Early Christian Basilica, Ancient Lechaion Harbour, Corinth, Greece”. Tectonophysics, Vol. 658, pp.74-90
  • GEORGE APOSTOLOPOULOS, DESPINA MINOS-MINOPOULOS, AND KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS, 2015. « Geophysical investigation for the detection of liquefaction phenomena in an archaeological site, Lechaion, Greece”. Geophysics, Vol. 80, NO. 4 pp.105–117
  • APOSTOLOPOULOU, M.-V., MONTEYNE, E., KRIKONIS, K., PAVLOPOULOS, K., ROOSE, P., DEHAIRS, F. 2015 «N-Alkanes and stable C, N isotopic compositions as identifiers of organic matter sources in Posidonia oceanica meadows of Alexandroupolis Gulf, NE Greece”. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 99, Issue 1-2, pp. 346-355
  • APOSTOLOPOULOS G.A, KALLIORAS A.A, PAVLOPOULOS K., STATHOPOULOU K.A, VLASSOPOULOU A.A. 2014. « Reconnaissance geophysical survey for the detection of salinisation and stratigraphy in Thorikos Valley, Attica, Greece”. Near Surface Geoscience 2014 - 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, doi:10.3997/2214-4609.20142087, pp.1-5.\
  • APOSTOLOPOULOU M.-V., MONTEYNE E., KRIKONIS K., PAVLOPOULOS K., ROOSE P., DEHAIRS F., 2014. “Monitoring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Northeast Aegean Sea using Posidonia oceanica seagrass and synthetic passive samplers”. Marine Pollution Bulletin, v.87, pp.338-344
  • GHILARDI M., PSOMIADIS D., PAVLOPOULOS K., CELKA S.M., FACHARD S., THEURILLAT T., VERDAN S., KNODELL A.R., THEODOROPOULOU T., BICKET A., BONNEAU A., DELANGHE-SABATIER D. 2014. “Mid- to Late Holocene shoreline reconstruction and human occupation in Ancient Eretria (South Central Euboea, Greece)”. Geomorphology, v.208, pp. 225-237
  • PAVLOPOULOS,K. , FOUACHE, E., SIDIROPOULOU, M., TRIANTAPHYLLOU, M., VOUVALIDIS, K., SYRIDES, G., GONNET, A., GRECO, E, (2013). ‘Palaeoenvironmental evolution and sea-level changes in the coastal area of NE Lemnos Island (Greece) during the Holocene’, Quaternary International, v.308-309, pp. 80-88
  • GHILARDI, M. , COLLEU, M., PAVLOPOULOS, K., FACHARD, S., PSOMIADIS, D., ROCHETTE, P., DEMORY, F., KNODELL, A., TRIANTAPHYLLOU, M., DELANGHE-SABATIER, D., BICKET, A., FLEURY, J., 2013. “Geoarchaeology of Ancient Aulis (Boeotia, Central Greece): Human occupation and Holocene landscape changes, Journal of Archaeological Sciences , Volume 40, Issue 4, pp. 2071-2083
  • PAVLOPOULOS KOSMAS, KAPSIMALIS VASILIOS, THEODORAKOPOULOU KATERINA, PANAGIOTOPOULOS P. IOANNIS, 2012. “Vertical displacement trends in the Aegean coastal zone (NE Mediterranean) during the Holocene assessed by geo-archaeological data », The Holocene, 22 (6), pp. 717-728
  • JEAN-PHILIPPE GOIRAN, KOSMAS PAVLOPOULOS, ERIC FOUACHE, MARIA TRIANTAPHYLLOU, AND ROLAND ETIENNE 2011. “Piraeus, the ancient island of Athens: Evidence from Holocene sediments and historical archives”. Geology, June 2011; v. 39; no. 6; p. 531–534