Siva Praveen Puppala

Senior Aerosol Scientist

Water and Air

Dr Siva Praveen Puppala joined ICIMOD as an Aerosol Scientist in May 2014. He received his PhD degree in Physics from University of Pune. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he held different positions and worked in India, Maldives, Thailand, USA and Germany, accumulating 13 years of experience in field measurements of aerosol, solar fluxes, gaseous species and meteorological parameters.  At the UNEP Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), he successfully developed and maintained observatories in the region. As a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Dr Praveen was a flight scientist for unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) measurements of aerosol, radiation and cloud physics observations. He was also part of the team of project Surya (Project Surya is an  international programme on cook stove adaptation), where he measured and documented reductions in indoor black carbon concentrations and emissions following use of clean cook stoves.

At ICIMOD, he has contributed to developing state-of-the-art ambient air quality monitoring stations in Nepal and Bhutan. He is instrumental in establishing autonomous black carbon stations, and focused field work at high altitudes to understand black carbon impact on Himalayan glaciers. He conducts field campaigns to characterize emission and air pollution impact on human health. He works as an atmosphere group lead, and is currently mentoring several PhD and undergraduate students from the region. His areas of interest are use models, observations and satellite datasets through integrated approach for bettering understanding of air pollution related issues. He believes in developing field labs where social and physical scientists can collaborate to identify effective solutions to air pollution related issues.