Dr. Maheswar Rupakheti

Team Leader
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  • Regional Focus: Sustainable Atmosphere fort the Kathmandu Valley (SusKat)

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012- Current: Team Leader at IASS Potsdam
  • 2010-12: Coordinator-Asia Secretariat of Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) of UNEP, Thailand
  • 2006-10: Senior Program Officer, Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC) of UNEP, Thailand
  • 2001-06: PhD in Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • 2000-01: Research Associate, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
  • 1999-00: MSc in Environmental Technology and Management, AIT, Thailand
  • 1997-98: Assistant Professor, Central Department of Physics, TU, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1995-97: Msc in Physics, Central Department of Physics, TU, Kathmandu, Nepal

Research Interests

Air pollution-climate interaction [Diagnosis of scientific and societal knowns and unknowns of air pollution, including short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), in a given region;  Ground-based and airborne atmospheric measurements; Assessment of impact of black carbon and other air pollutants on health, crops, water including Himalayan mountain glaciers and regional climate change];

Co-benefits from mitigation of air pollutants [development of emission inventory of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, evaluation of the anticipated benefits of sector-based reductions of air pollutants (technological, financial, legal, political) that are firmly grounded in science]; and

Capacity building in developing countries [setting up and running atmospheric observatories, and training local scientists and technicians in atmospheric issues]

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • E.A. Stone, L. Yang, L.E. Yu, M. Rupakheti (2012). Characterization of organosulfates in atmospheric aerosols in Asia. Atmospheric Environment, 47:323-329
  • ICIMOD (2011). Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas: The State of Current Knowledge [Full Report].
  • M. Rupakheti and T. Nakajima (2011). Satellite view of particulate pollution in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. Sustainable Mountain Development, 60:13-16, ICIMOD
  • UNEP/WMO (2011). Integrated assessment of black carbon and tropospheric ozone. [Summary for Decision Makers] [Full Report]
  • V. Ramanathan et al. (2008). Atmospheric brown clouds: Regional assessment report with focus on Asia [Summary] [Full Report]. UNEP
  • M. Rupakheti, W.R. Leaitch, U. Lohmann, K. Hayden, P. Brickell, G. Lu, S.M. Li, D. Toom-Sauntry, J.W. Bottenheim, J.R. Brook, R. Vet, J.T. Jayne and D.R. Worsnop (2005). An Intensive Study of the Size and Composition of Submicron Atmospheric Aerosols at a Rural Site in Ontario, Canada. Aerosol Sci. & Technol., 39(8): 722-736
  • M. Rupakheti, W.R. Leaitch, U. Lohmann, K. Hayden, P. Brickell, G. Lu, S.M. Li, D. Toom-Sauntry, J.W. Bottenheim, J.T. Jayne and D.  Worsnop (2004). Chemically-speciated size and composition of ambient aerosols at Egbert, Ontario, Canada. Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols (Eds. M. Kasahara and M. Kulmala), 710:713

Honors and Awards

  • Nepal Bidhya Bhusan - Ka: Government of Nepal – 2009
  • Dalhousie Graduate Fellowship (PhD):  Dalhousie University, Canada-2001
  • Queen Sirikit Scholarship for Asian Environment Development (MSc) : Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand - 1999
  • Students’ Best Paper Award (MSc):  West Coast Section – Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), USA-2001
  • Amrit Gold Medal (BSc): Amrit Science Campus, Nepal -1994
  • Harihar Raj Lohani Science Award   (BSc): Nepal Chemical Society, Nepal - 1994

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • “Transport, Black Carbon and Climate Change” at the 5th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia: A New Decade in Sustainable Transport, Bangkok, UNCRD, 23-25 August.