Themistoklis Chronis, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy


301 Sparkman Drive
Optics Building
Room 239
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph. D., Env. Engineering, University of Connecticut, (2000-2004)
  • Masters, Env. Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, (1998-2000)
  • Bachelors, Geology and Oceanography, University of Athens, Greece (1991-1996)

Research Funding

  • Ongoing - NASA/MFSC, Lighting as an Indicator of Climate: Enhancements & New Developments 1/1/2015 - 3/31/2021
  • Ongoing - NASA/MSFC, Using Scatter Measured Vector Winds to Study High-Impact Weather Events, 1/1/2015 - 3/31/2021
  • NASA/MSFC, Interpretation of Passive Microwave Remote Sensing Data from the NASA TRMM and PMM Programs, 9/1/2014 - 3/31/2021
  • NASA/MSFC, Science Support for GLM Assimilation, 6/15/2013 - 3/31/2021
  • UAH/Individual Investigator Distinguished Research, Weather severity (hail, tornadic) assessment via lightning and ground-based radar characteristics, GIS-based thunderstorm clustering and analysis, 01/01/2014-31/12/2014
  • UAH/Distinguished Invited Lecturer Series, Global Electric Circuit, 01/012014-12/31/2014.
  • NASA/MSFC, Analysis and Interpretation of Satellite and Field Program Datasets to Investigate Hurricane Structure and Intensification, 9/1/2014 - 3/31/2017
  • NASA/MSFC, Exploring the Utility of the Planned CYGNSS Mission for Investigating the Initiation and Development, 6/16/2014 - 3/31/2021
  • NASA/SSC, Transiting of an Integrated 0-1 Hour First Flash Lightning Nowcasting, Lightning Amount and Jump Warning Capability,3/26/2014 - 3/25/2017
  • European Science Foundation-Marie-Curie, Joint assimilation of satellite aerosol, cloud, and precipitation observations in numerical models to support climate and hydrologic applications, 01/012008-12/31/2011

Recent Publications

  • Anagnostou, E and Chronis, T., [2004], The worth of long range lightning observation on over land precipitation estimation, Advances in Global Change, Kluwer Academic Publishing.

  • Pittman J., Chronis T., Robertson, F., and Miller, T., [2008], Book Chapter-Electrification in Hurricanes: Implications for Water Vapor in the Tropical Tropopause Layer, Hurricanes and Climate Change, edited by J. B. Elsner and T. H. Jagger, Springer

  • Anagnostou, E.N., T. Chronis, and D.P. Lalas [2002], New Receiver Network Advances in Long-Range Lightning Monitoring, EOS-Transactions, Vol. 83, No. 50, 594-595.

  • Chronis T. and Anagnostou E., [2003], Error analysis for a long-range lightning monitoring network of ground-based receivers in Europe, J. Geophys. Res., Vol.108, No.D24, 4779.

  • Chronis T., Anagnostou E and Dinku T. [2004], High frequency estimation of thunderstorms via Satellite Infrared and a long-range lightning network in Europe, Quarterly Royal Meteorological Society Vol. 130 April 2004 Part B No. 599.

  • Papadopoulos, A., T. Chronis, and E. N. Anagnostou, [2005], Using lightning to predict storm precipitation, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 86 [8], pp. 1057-1059.

  • Papadopoulos, A., T. Chronis, and E. N. Anagnostou, [2005], Improving Convective Precipitation Forecasting Through Assimilation of Regional Lightning Measurements in a Mesoscale Model, Monthly Weather Review, Vol. 133, 1961–1977.

  • Chronis, T., and E.N. Anagnostou, [2006], Evaluation of a Long-Range Lightning Detection Network with Receivers in Europe and Africa, IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing Volume 44, Issue 6, pp.1504 – 1510.

  • Williams E., Boldi R., Bor J., Satori G., Price C., Greengurg E., Takashashi Y., Yamamoto K., Chronis T., Anagnostou E., Smith D., Lopez L., [2006], Lightning flashes conductive to production and escape of gamma radiation to space, J. of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres VOL. 111, D16209, doi:10.1029/2005JD006447.

  • Chronis T., Williams E, Anagnostou E., [2006], Evidence of tropical forcing of the 6.5 wave from lightning observations over Africa, J. Atmos. Sci., 64, 3717-3721.