PhD students on Edu4Climate project – Anna Zenonos

Student name: Anna Zenonos

Short bio: Anna Zenonos has obtained her BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cyprus in 2021,  and she continued her studies obtaining an MSc in Applied Mathematics, with specialization in Plasma Physics, from KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2023. She is currently pursuing her PhD, a joint doctorate, between the Cyprus Institute (CyI) and Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement -LSCE at University Paris-Saclay.

PhD year of study: 1st year

PhD supervision: Professor Jean Sciare (CyI) and Professor Philippe Ciais (LSCE, University Paris-Saclay).

 PhD Institution: The Cyprus Institute and Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement-LSCE at University Paris-Saclay.

Thesis title and description: “Development of the first national airborne tree inventory for Cyprus and the estimation of tree carbon stock and carbon emissions of buildings over Cyprus”.

The study aims in the creation of a monitoring system of tree resources using state-of-art methods, something that is currently missing for Cyprus. In addition, the estimation of carbon stock of trees and carbon emissions of buildings will assist in the construction of effective strategies aiming to the reduction of carbon emissions and finally, to the achievement of carbon neutrality.

Relevance of Edu4Climate to your project: The study’s aims align with the “Fit for 55” plan that refers to the target of the European Union for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030​.  Moreover, the development of a forest monitoring system contributes to the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) greenhouse inventory by covering a significant gap in knowledge for Cyprus. Therefore, the results of this research will contribute to addressing challenges related to air pollution and climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region, one of the main objectives of the Edu4Climate project.