Dr. Diana Francis
Dr. diana francis Assistant Professor Earth Sciences

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Dr. Diana Francis is an internationally-renown Atmospheric Scientist and a well-established Environmental expert. She holds a Master degree in Physics, a Master degree in Environmental Sciences and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences from Sorbonne Universités – Paris, France. 

After her PhD, Dr. Francis worked for more than 10 years as a research scientist in different prestigious research institutions in Europe. In 2016, she joined the Research Institute at New York University Abu Dhabi (UAE) as a research scientist and team leader where she led a team of 8 researchers to develop research activities on climate change. In 2020, she joined Khalifa University as Head of the Environmental and Geophysical Sciences (ENGEOS) lab.

For more than 10 years, Dr. Diana Francis has successfully conducted, managed and delivered scientific projects on a wide range of topics related to environmental and atmospheric sciences. Her scientific achievements have been communicated to the international community through numerous publications in high-ranked peer-reviewed journals and many international conferences and media outreaches. The significance of her findings and international reputation are reflected in her publication record and her strong international network of collaborators that she is been always keen to expand and maintain. 

  • PhD in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
  • Sorbonne University - Paris

  • Climate Science
  • Earth Observations
  • Climate Modelling
  • Environmental Remote Sensing



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Main research activities

  • Study of climate and weather phenomena (fog, rain, cyclones, clouds, etc).
  • Atmospheric composition, greenhouse gases, air pollution and air quality.
  • Atmospheric dispersion of pollutants and radionuclides
  • Study of dust storms, aerosols characterization and impacts
  • Study of polar ice and the impact of climate extremes in polar regions.
  • Climate change and impacts in the Middle East and the MENA region.
  • Application of SAR imagery to the detection from space of buried objects.
  • Climate change and health nexus (dynamic of vector-borne diseases, heatwaves effect on human body, etc).