Dr. Sergey Osipov is the Research Scientist at KAUST and a member of the KAUST@NEOM Office. His primary areas of expertise are global and regional climate, atmospheric photochemistry, and air pollution. His research focuses on the fundamental drivers and mechanisms that explain the observed variability of the Earth system. Osipov develops novel modeling capabilities that seamlessly couple essential components of the Earth system including ocean, atmosphere, and interactive chemistry.
Osipov came to KAUST from German Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC), where he, for the first time, characterized the atmospheric composition in the Middle East, developed the computational framework to model atmospheric chemistry, and quantified the air pollution health burden. He also prepared the first 2050 projection of the climate and atmospheric composition in the Middle East, focusing on anthropogenic emissions, health effects, livability, food and energy nexus. Prior to joining MPIC, Osipov worked in the Atmospheric and Climate Modeling group at KAUST, where he discovered the main climate drivers in the Middle East, quantified the radiative effects of desert dust on the region and the Red Sea, advanced the capabilities to model the volcanic eruptions and improved our understanding of the volcanic impacts on climate and the evolution of modern humans. Osipov received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science from KAUST and his MSc and BSc from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia.