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Athina Peidou

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109

Curriculum Vitae:

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Sea Level And Ice

Postdoctoral Scholar


I am interested in advancing understanding of dynamic processes within the Earth system, using space and in-situ geodetic measurements (time-variable gravity, GNSS). Research interests include space gravimetry, optimal estimation theory, sampling theory and data analytics.


  • PhD in Earth and Space Sciences, York University, Toronto, Canada (2020)
  • MASc in Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada (2016)
  • Dipl. Eng. (Honors) in Geodesy and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (2014)

Professional Experience

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (07/2020-present)

Dept. of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University:

  • Research Assistant/Associate (09/2016-06/2020)
  • Teaching Assistant (09/2016-04/2020)

Dept. of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen's University:

  • Research Assistant (09/2014-08/2016)
  • Teaching Assistant (09/2014-08/2016)

Research Interests

  • Satellite gravimetry
  • Optimal estimation theory (quantification of uncertainties)
  • Sampling theory / Sampling artefacts
  • Data analytics towards understanding mass transfer processes

Selected Awards

  • Canada's Governor General's Gold Medal (2020)
  • International Association of Geodesy, Young Authors Award (2019)
  • Canadian Geophysical Union, Best student paper- Geodesy Section (2018, 2019)

Selected Publications

  1. Peidou A and Pagiatakis S (2020). Stripe mystery in GRACE geopotential models revealed. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2019GL085497. doi: 10.1029/2019GL085497.
  2. Peidou A and Pagiatakis S (2019). Gravity Gradiometry With GRACE Space Missions: New Opportunities for the Geosciences. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 124(8), pp.9130-9147. doi: 10.1029/2018JB016382.
  3. Peidou AC, Fotopoulos G and Pagiatakis SD (2018). On the feasibility of using satellite gravity observations for detecting large scale solid mass transfers. Journal of Geodesy, pp.1-12. doi: 10.1007/s00190-017-1078-y.