Paolo Giani

Graduate Student

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267A Fitzpatrick

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences


Research Interests:

Paolo uses numerical methods to study a wide range of environmental problems in the atmospheric boundary layer, such as air pollution dispersion, renewable energy sources characterization and health impact assessments related to airborne contaminants. He is keen on both fundamental and applied research. His theoretical work is devoted to improving the representation of different atmospheric phenomena in numerical models, from turbulence to aerosol dynamics and chemistry. On the applications side, Paolo runs numerical simulations aiming to lend support to policy decisions. He has been involved in several applied projects, including the assessment of wind energy potential in Saudi Arabia, calculating the impact of different traffic scenarios on the air quality of Milan (Italy) as well as estimating premature mortality related to particulate matter in China.





1. Giani, P., Genton, M.G., Crippa, P. (2022). Modeling the convective boundary layer in the Terra Incognita: Evaluation of different strategies with real-case simulationsMonthly Weather Review,

2. Giani P., Castruccio S., Anav A., Howard D., Hu W., Crippa P. (2020) Short-term and long-term health impacts of air pollution reductions from COVID-19 lockdowns in China and Europe: a modelling study. The Lancet Planetary Health; 4(10): e474-e82.

3. Sicard P., Crippa P., De Marco A., Castruccio S., Giani P., Cuesta J., Paoletti E., Feng Z., Anav A. (2020) High spatial resolution WRF-Chem model over Asia: Physics and chemistry evaluation. Atmospheric Environment; 118004.

4. Giani P., Anav A., De Marco A., Zhaozhong F., Crippa P. (2020) Exploring sources of uncertainty in premature mortality estimates from fine particulate matter: the case of China. Environmental Research Letters; 15: 064027.

5. Giani P., Tagle F., Genton M.G., Castruccio S., Crippa P. (2020) Closing the gap between wind energy targets and implementation for emerging countries. Applied Energy; 269: 115085.

6. Giani P., Balzarini A., Pirovano G., Gilardoni S., Paglione M., Colombi C., Gianelle V., Belis C., Poluzzi V. and Lonati G. (2019) Influence of semi- and intermediate-volatile organic compounds (S/IVOC) parameterizations, volatility distributions and aging schemes on organic aerosol modelling in winter conditions. Atmospheric Environment; 213: 11-24.

7. Caserini S., Giani P., Cacciamani C., Ozgen S., Lonati G. (2017) Influence of climate change on the frequency of daytime temperature inversions and stagnation events in the Po valley: historical trend and future projections. Atmospheric Research, 184, 15–23.