Manolis Grillakis
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment and Climate Change



  • 2014: Ph.D.: School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete.
  • 2007: M.Sc.: Environmental and sanitary engineering, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete.
  • 2006: Diploma in Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science, School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete.

Research Interests

  • Water Resources Management; Hydrology, Hydrological and Land Surface Models, Soil moisture dynamics, Flash floods, Droughts, Wildfires, Extreme Events.

Participation in Research Programmes and Projects

  • DETACC: DEtection and aTtribution of agricultural droughts to Anthropogenic Climate Change. Postdoctoral research funded by State Scholarships Foundation/IKY - Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas.
  • CLIMPACT: National Νetwork on Climate Change and its Impacts. Implemented under the sub-project 3 of the project “Infrastructure of national research networks in the fields of Precision Medicine, Quantum Technology and Climate Change”, funded by the Public Investment Program of Greece, General Secretary of Research and Technology/Ministry of Development and Investments. COST Action, CA19139 - Process-based models for climate impact attribution across sectors – PROCLIAS (2020 - Action Management Committee member).
  • Agro4Crete: Research in the Agri-Food Sector of Crete “Four Institutions, Four Reference Points”. Sub-project 2, INTERVENTION B “Emblematic National Action Research Act for the utilization of new technologies in the field of Agri-Food”. Funded by GSRT.
  • 5DARE: Development of an integrated 5-dimensional space-based methodology for Assessing and modelling the Response of Erosion dynamics to land use and climatic changes in Mediterranean watersheds, Greek Institute for Research and Innovation (Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation) (2019-2022).
  • H2020 IMPREX: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological Extremes (2015-2019).

Selected Publications

  • Thiery BW, Lange S, Rogelj J, Schleussner C-F, Gudmundsson L, Seneviratne SI, Andrijevic M, Frieler K, Emanuel K, Geiger T, Bresch DN, Zhao F, Willner SN, Büchner M, Volkholz J, Bauer N, Chang J, Ciais P, Dury M, François L, Grillakis M, Gosling SN, Hanasaki N, Hickler T, Huber V, Ito A, Jägermeyr J, Khabarov N, Koutroulis A, Liu W, Lutz W, Mengel M, Müller C, Ostberg S, Reyer CPO, Stacke T, Wada Y. Intergenerational inequities in exposure to climate extremes. Science (80- ) [Internet]. American Association for the Advancement of Science; 2021 Sep 26 [cited 2021 Sep 27]; Available from: (IF: 41.8)
  • Gudmundsson L., H. X. Do, Simon N. Gosling, M. G. Grillakis, A. G. Koutroulis, M. Leonard, J. Lui, H. M. Schmied, L. Papadimitriou, Y. Pokhrel, J. Schewe, S. I. Seneviratne, W. Thiery, S. Westra, X. Zhang, F. Zhao. (2021). Globally observed trends in mean and extreme river flow attributed to climate change. Science Vol. 371, 6534, pp. 1159-1162, doi:10.1126/science.aba3996. (IF: 41.8)
  • Pokhrel, Y., Felfelani, F., Satoh, Y., Boulange, J., Burek, P., Gädeke, A., Gerten, D., Gosling, S.N., Grillakis, M., Gudmundsson, L., Hanasaki, N., Kim, H., Koutroulis, A., Liu, J., Papadimitriou, L., Schewe, J., Müller Schmied, H., Stacke, T., Telteu, C.-E., Thiery, W., Veldkamp, T., Zhao, F., Wada, Y., 2021. Global terrestrial water storage and drought severity under climate change. Nature Climate  Change.  (IF: 21.7)
  • Satoh Y, Shiogama H, Hanasaki N, Pokhrel Y, Boulange JES, Burek P, Gosling SN, Grillakis M, Koutroulis A, Schmied HM, Thiery W, Yokohata T. A quantitative evaluation of the issue of drought definition: a source of disagreement in future drought assessments. Environ Res Lett [Internet]. IOP Publishing; 2021. (IF:6.8)
  • Telteu, C.-E., Müller Schmied, H., Thiery, W., Leng, G., Burek, P., Liu, X., Boulange, J. E. S., Andersen, L. S., Grillakis, M., Gosling, S. N., Satoh, Y., Rakovec, O., Stacke, T., Chang, J., Wanders, N., Shah, H. L., Trautmann, T., Mao, G., Hanasaki, N., Koutroulis, A., Pokhrel, Y., Samaniego, L., Wada, Y., Mishra, V., Liu, J., Döll, P., Zhao, F., Gädeke, A., Rabin, S. S., and Herz, F.: Understanding each other's models: an introduction and a standard representation of 16 global water models to support intercomparison, improvement, and communication, Geosci. Model Dev., 14, 3843–3878,, 2021. (IF:6.1)
  • Grillakis, M.G., Koutroulis, A.G., Alexakis, D.D., Polykretis, C., Daliakopoulos, I.N., 2021. Regionalizing Root‐Zone Soil Moisture Estimates From ESA CCI Soil Water Index Using Machine Learning and Information on Soil, Vegetation, and Climate. Water Resour. Res. 57, e2020WR029249. (IF:5.24)
  • Reinecke, R., Müller Schmied, H., Trautmann, T., Andersen, L. S., Burek, P., Flörke, M., Gosling, S. N., Grillakis, M., Hanasaki, N., Koutroulis, A., Pokhrel, Y., Thiery, W., Wada, Y., Yusuke, S., and Döll, P.: Uncertainty of simulated groundwater recharge at different global warming levels: a global-scale multi-model ensemble study, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 787–810,, 2021. (IF:5.75)
  • Tramblay, Y., Koutroulis, A., Samaniego, L., Vicente-Serrano, S. M., Volaire, F., Boone, A., Le Page, M., Llasat, M. C., Albergel, C., Burak, S., Cailleret, M., Kalin, K. C., Davi, H., Dupuy, J.-L., Greve, P., Grillakis, M., Jarlan, L., Martin-StPaul, N., Vilalta, J. M., … Polcher, J. (2020). Challenges for drought assessment in the Mediterranean region under future climate scenarios. Earth-Science Reviews, 103348. (IF: 12.4)
  • Grillakis, M.G.; Polykretis, C.; Alexakis, D.D. Past and projected climate change impacts on rainfall erosivity: Advancing our knowledge for the eastern Mediterranean island of Crete. CATENA. 193, 2020, 104625. (IF: 5.2)
  • Grillakis, M.G., 2019. Increase in severe and extreme soil moisture droughts for Europe under climate change. Science of The Total Environment. 660, 1245-1255, (IF: 7.9)