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Dr. Menas Kafatos

Professor, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics
Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Computational and Data Science
Expertise: Quantum Theory; Cosmological Redshifts; black holes; tropical cyclones; climate change; Aerosols
Office Location: 452 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866
Phone: (714) 289-3111
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.


Dr. Menas C. Kafatos is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. He and a team of computational scientists joined Chapman University in fall, 2008.  He is the Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, serving as dean in 2009 – 2012. He directs the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations. He has nearly 40 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag and Oxford), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and more than 250 articles in computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global climate change, regional impacts of climate change, environmental issues, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. Total publications: 275+ which include refereed journal articles, books, refereed book chapters, and refereed published proceedings. Total Citations: 2,200+ Highest Citation of single article: 500. He is recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”; an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008; Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 - present; Member, American Hellenic Council, 2011 – present; IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011, etc. He has been interviewed numerous times by: U.S. national TV networks (ABC, KCBS, Voice of America), Korean and Greek TV networks (KBS1 in Korea; ERT, SKAI-Eco, in Greece; PIT in Cyprus; TV and radio stations in Crete, cretalive, tv CRETA, Krete tv), national and regional newspapers and radios in Korea, (Hankook), Greece (Kathimerini, Eleutherotypia, Ethnos, Patris), and the United States (National Herald, OC Register, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, Korea Times).



REL 329 Quantum Physics, Cosmology, & Consciousness

HGEC 540 Global Climate Change


Research Interests:

Interdisciplinary Earth system science
Natural hazards and climate change
Aerosols and pollution
Vegetation and climate change coupling
Tropical cyclones
Distributed data information system architecture
Content-based Earth science data browsing
Black holes, active galaxies and quasars
Cosmological redshifts
Foundations of quantum theory
Quantum theory and brain dynamics



USDA 58-3148-7-044



September 2012 – Present: Director, Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations

2009 – 2012:  Dean, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

2008 – 2012:  Vice Chancellor for Special Projects, Chapman University

2008 – Present:  Director, Center of Excellence in Applied, Computational and Fundamental Science, Chapman University

2008 – Present:  Professor, Dept. of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering, Chapman University



Recipient of the Spirit of Rustum Roy Award, Chopra Foundation, February 26, 2011: honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity.

IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011.



National Academy of Sciences' US National Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) – past, 2000-2003; International Astronomical Union (IAU), on-going

America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); American Astronomical Society (AAS); American Geophysical Union (AGU); American Physical Society (APS); Hellenic Astronomical Society; Royal Astronomical Society (RAS); IEEE Computer Society, on-going.

Member, OCTANe Board, 2010-present

Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008

Science Steering Committee, Sand & Dust Storms-Warning and Assessment System, sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization, etc., 2005-present

American Astronautical Society, Vice President for Education, 2001-2003

Honorary member, Romanian Academy of Sciences, 2000

Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (member of its Executive Committee); and Chair of its Partnership Committee (responsible for new ESIP members), 1999-2001


Websites/Past Events:

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Dimitar Ouzounov, Sergei Pulinets, D. Davidenko, A. Rozhnoi, V. Solovieva, B. Fedun, N. Dwivedi, A. Rybin, Menas C. Kafatos, Patrick Taylor. Transient effects in atmosphere and ionosphere preceding the 2015 M7.8 and M7.3 Gorkha-Nepal earthquakes, Frontiers in Earth Science, Environmental Informatics and Remote Sensing (in review)
Francis M. Fujioka, D.R. Weise, S-C. Chen, Seung Hee Kim, Menas C. Kafatos. Reaction Intensity Partitioning: A New Perspective of Fire Danger. International Journal of Wildland Fire 30, 351-364
Shenyue Jia, Seung Hee Kim, Son V. Nghiem, Keun-Hang Yang, Menas C. Kafatos. Investigating the Lagged Relationship between SMAP Soil Moisture and Live Fuel Moisture in California, USA. In IGARSS 2020-2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 4485-4488
Mijin Kim, Seung Hee Kim, Woogyung Vincent Kim, Yun Gon Lee, Jhoon Kim, and Menas C. Kafatos: Assessment of Aerosol Optical Depth Under Background and Polluted Conditions Using AERONET and VIIRS Datasets. Atmots. Environ. (accepted with minor revision).
4. Ouzounov D. S.Pulinets, K.Sun, X.Shen, M. Kafatos Atmosphere Response to Pre-Earthquake Processes Revealed by Satellite and Ground Observations. Case Study for Xinjiang, China (2008-2014), Annals of Geophysics. (accepted).
Shenyue Jia, Seung Hee Kim, Son V. Nghiem, Menas Kafatos. Live fuel moisture estimation using SMAP soil moisture and MODIS vegetation indices in Southern California, USA. IEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 6126-6129.
Myoung, B., Kim, S.H., Nghiem, S.V., Jia, S., Whitney, K., Kafatos, M.C. Estimating Live Fuel Moisture from MODIS Satellite Data for Wildfire Danger Assessment in Southern California USA. Remote Sens. 10, 87. doi:10.3390/rs10010087
S. Jia, S. H. Kim, S. V. Nghiem, W. Cho, Kafatos, M.C., Estimating Live Fuel Moisture in Southern California Using Remote Sensing Vegetation Water Content Proxies, 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, p. 5587-5890
Galanis, G., Kafatos, M.C., Chu, P.C., Hatzopoulos, N., Papageorgiou, E., Liakatas, A. Operational atmospheric and wave modeling in the California’s coastline and offshore area with application to wave energy monitoring and assessment, Journal of Operational Oceanography
Kim, S.H., Kafatos, M.C. R&S project report Diagnosis and improvement of hydrologic cycle in long-term prediction system Applications of Sub-seasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Predictions on Agricultural Sector, Korea Meteorological Administration, Seoul Korea
Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C. You Are the Universe Penguin, Harmony, Random House: New York. NYT Bestseller
Kafatos, M.C. Living the Living Presence (in Greek) Melissa Publishers: Athens
Kafatos, M.C., Kato, G. C. Sheaf theoretic formulation for consciousness and qualia and relationship to the idealism of non-dual philosophies, in Simeonov, P.L., Gare, A., Matsuno, K., Igamberdiev, A., Hankey, A. (Eds.). The Necessary Conjunction of The Western and Eastern Thought Traditions for Exploring the Nature of Mind and Life. Special Theme Issue Integral Biomathics. Prog. Biophy. Mol. Biol. 131 C. Elsevier, ISSN: 00796107, 242-250
Kafatos, M.C., The Living Presence is the Antidote to Fear, Anastamos Interdisciplinary Journal, Fear, Alison Williams (edit.), 1: 50-58
Myoung, B., Kim S.H., Kim, J., Kafatos, M., (2017) Regional Variations of Optimal Sowing Dates of Maize for the Southwestern U.S. ,Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 59(6): 1759-1769. (doi: 10.13031/trans.59.11583)
Kim S.H., Myoung, B., Stack, D.H., Kim, J., Kafatos, M.C., (2017) Sensitivity of Maize Yield Potential to Regional Climate in Southwestern United States, Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 59(6): 1745-1757. (doi 10.13031/trans.5911584)
Lim, C-H., Kim, S.H., Choi, Y., Kafatos, M.C., Lee, W-K., Estimation of Virtual Water Contents of Main Crops using Multiple RCMs and Evapotranspiration Methodsmethods in Korean Peninsula, Sustainability, MDPI, 9:1172. (doi:10.3390/su9071172)
Kafatos, M.C., Kim, S.H., Lim, C-H., Kim, J., Lee, W-K., Responses of Agro-ecosystems to Climate Change: 2 Specifics of Resilience in the Mid-Latitude Regions (in press)
Kafatos, M.C., Kim, S.H., Lim, C-H., Kim, J., Lee, W-K. Responses of Agro-ecosystems to Climate Change: Specifics of Resilience in the Mid-Latitude Regions, Sustainability, 9:1361. (doi:10.3390/su9081361)
Kafatos, M.C. Living the Living Presence (in Korean) Miruksa Press: Seoul, Korea)
Narasimhan, A., Kafatos, M.C., (2016) Wave Particle Duality, the Observer and Retrocausality, Quantum Retrocausation III, (edit Daniel P. Sheehan) AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1841: 040004-1, 9 pages
Theise, N.D., Kafatos, M.C. (2016) Fundamental Awareness: A Framework for Integrating Science, Philosophy and Metaphysics Communicative & Integrative Biology 9(3):00-00
Sarafoglou, N., Kafatos, M.C., Sprigg, W.A. (2016) Migration, Environment and Public Health: Theory and Interdisciplinary Research from a Regional Science Perspective International Journal of Social Science Studies 4(4)
Kafatos, M.C., Keun Hang Yang (2016) The Quantum Universe: the Philosophical Foundations and Oriental Medicine, Integrative Medicine Research, 5: 237-243 (Elsevier)
Lee, E.J., Lee, W-K., Lamchin, M., Piao, D., Song, C., Jeon, S.W., Kim, E. Moon, Kafatos, M.C. (2016) Assessing Environmentally Sensitive Land to Desertification using MEDALUS method in Mongolia, Advances in Space Research (In Process)
Kafatos, M.C. (2015). Meditation: If You’re Doing It, You’re Doing It Right, Alisson Tinsley and Chris Fields, Edit., Meditation is the effortless stilling of the mind: It is being with yourself, 153-158
Park, S., El-Askary, H., Sabbah, I., Kwak, H., Prasad A., Lee, W.K., Kafatos, M.C. (2015) Studying Air Pollutants Origin and Associated Meteorological Parameters over Seoul from 2000 to 2009 Advances in Meteorology 2015(2):1-12 DOI: 10.1155/2015/704178
Park, S K., El-Askary, H., Ahn M-H., Prasad A., Kafatos, M.C. (2015) On the Detection and Monitoring of the Transport of an Asian Dust Storm Using Multi-Sensor Satellite Remote Sensing Journal of Environmental Informatics 25(2):99-116 DOI: 10.3808/jei.201500306
Medvigy, D., Kim, S.H., Kim, J., Kafatos, M.C. (2015) Dynamically downscaling predictions for deciduous tree leaf emergence in California under current and future climate International Journal of Biometeorology 60(7) DOI: 10.1007/ 00484 015-1086-7
Kim, S.H., Kim J., Walko, R., Myoung, B., Stack, D., Kafatos, M.C. (2015). Climate Change Impacts on Maize-yield Potential in the Southwestern United States Procedia Environmental Sciences 12/2015; 29:279-280. DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.07.210
Kafatos, M.C., Chevalier, G., Chopra, D., Hubacher, J.J., Kak, S.,Theise, N.D. (2015). Biofield: Current Physics Perspectives, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, in press.
Kafatos, M.C. (2014) The Conscious Universe, in “Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe”, D. Chopra (edit), eBook, Amazon.
Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C., Tanzi, R.E. (2014) A Consciousness-based Science: From Quanta to Qualia, in “Brain, Mind, Cosmos: The Nature of Our Existence and the Universe”, D. Chopra (edit), eBook, Amazon
Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C. (2014) From Quanta to Qualia: How a Paradigm Shift Turns Into Science. Philosophy Study Vol. 4, Number 4, pp. 287-301.
Kim, S.R., Prasad, A. K., El-Askary, H., Lee, W.K., Kwak, D.A., Lee, S.H, Kafatos, M., (2014) Application of the Savitzky-Golay Filter to Land Cover Classification Using Temporal MODIS Vegetation Indices, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 80(7):675-685
Grandpierre, A., Kafatos, M. (2013) Genuine Biological Autonomy: How can the Spooky Finger of Mind Play on the Physical Keyboard of the Brain? Chapter 9, “An Anthology of Philosophical Studies”Vol. 7, P. Hanna (edit.), Athens Institute for Education and Research 2013, pp. 83-98
Sarafoglou, N., and Kafatos, M. (2013) Energy Production, Conversion, Transmission, and Distribution, Policy, Planning, and Mitigation Process-General Considerations: Infrastructure and Vilnerability Caused by Climate/00316, in “Climate Variability, 1st Edition: Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources”, R. A. Pielke, Sr. (edit. In chief), Elsevier, ISBN: 9780123847034
Jaswal, A. K., Kumar, N., Prasad, A. K., Kafatos, M., (2013) Decline in horizontal surface visibility over India (1961–2008) and its association with meteorological variables, Natural Hazards DOI 10.1007/s11069-013-0666-2
El-Askary, H., et al., Kafatos, M., (2013) Annual Patterns of Atmospheric Pollutions and Episodes over Cairo Egypt, Advances in Meteorology, Article ID 984853, 11 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/984853.
Theise, ND, Kafatos, M. (2013) Complementarity in biological systems: a complexity view. Complexity Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 11-20 2013.
El-Askary, H,. Park, S K., Ahn M-H., Prasad A., Kafatos, M. (2013) On the Detection and Monitoring of the Transport of an Asian Dust Storm Using Multi-sensor Satellite Remote Sensing in Elsevier Editorial System(tm) for Environment International Manuscript Draft (Research Paper)
Grandpierre, A., Chopra, D., Doraiswamy, P. Murali, Tanzi, R., Kafatos, M.C. (2013) A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness. NeuroQuantology Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 607-617.
Theise, N. D., Kafatos, M. (2013) Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe, Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp. 378-390.
Sarafoglou, N., Kafatos, M., and Beall, J.H. (2012), Simultaneity in the Scientific Enterprise, Studies in Sociology of Science, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 20-30, CS Canada, ISSN 1923-0184
El-Askary, H., Allali, M., Rakovski, C., Prasad, A., Kafatos, M., and Struppa, D. (2012), Computational methods for climate data, WIREs Comput Stat 2012. Doi: 10.1002/wics.1213, Wiley Periodicals (Book Chapter)
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2012) Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes. A Multi-Sensor Approach, in "The Frontier of Earthquake Prediction Studies" Ed. M. Hayakawa, Nihon-senmontosho-Shuppan, Tokyo, 510-531, 2012
Kaskaoutis, D.G., Prasad, A.K., Kosmopoulos, P.G., Sinha, P.R., Kharol, S.K., Gupta, P., El-Askary, H.M., and Kafatos, M. (2012) Synergistic use of remote sensing and modeling for tracing
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Romanov, A., Romanov, A., Tsybulya, K., Davidenko, D., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2011) Atmosphere-ionosphere response to the M9 Tohoku earthquake revealed by multi-instrument space-borne and ground observations: Preliminary results, Earthquake Science, Vol 24, No. 6, pp 557-564, doi: 10.1007/s11589-011-0817-z
Grandpierre, A., Kafatos, M. (2012) Biological Autonomy, Philosophy Study, Volume 2, Number 9, pp. 631-649.
Ma, Y., Kafatos, M., and Davidson, N.E. (2012) Surface pressure profiles, vortex structure and initialization for hurricane prediction. Part I: analysis of observed and synthetic structures, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., Vol 117:5-23, DOI 10.1007/s00703-012-0190-z.
Prasad, A., Singh, R.P., Kafatos M. (2012) Influence of coal-based thermal power plants on the spatial-temporal variability of tropospheric NO2 column over India, Environ. Monit. Assess., Vol 184:1891-1907, doi:10.1007/10661-011-2087-6
Roy, S., Roy, M., and Kafatos, M., (2012) Dynamic Multiple Scattering, frequency shift and possible effects on quasars astronomy, Journal of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering 00, pp.1-23 IOS Press, DOI 10.3233/JCM-120462
El-Askary, H., Prasad, A.K., Kallos, G., El-Raey, M., Kafatos, M. (2011) Analyzing Black Cloud Dynamics over Cairo, Nile Delta Region and Alexandria using Aerosols and Water Vapor Data, “Air Quality-Models and Applications”, Nicolas Mazzeo (edit.), InTech Publishing, Croatia, (ISBN: 978-953-307-307-1)
Kafatos, M., Nassikas, A.A. (2011) Retro-causation, Minimum Contradictions and Non-locality, in “Quantum Retrocausation: Theory and Experiment”, 13–14 June 2011, San Diego, California AIP Conf. Proc. 1408, D. Sheehan (edit.), pp. 291-296; doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3663730
Prasad, A.K., El-Askary, H.M., Asrar, G.R., Kafatos, M., Jaswal, A. (2011) Melting of Major Glaciers in Himalayas: Role of Desert Dust and Anthropogenic Aerosols, “Planet Earth 2011 - Global Warming Challenges and Opportunities for Policy and Practice”, Elias G. Carayannis (edit.), InTech Publishing (ISBN: 978-953-307-733-8) (Book Chapter)
Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Kafatos, M., Taylor, P. (2011) Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes: A Multi-Sensor Approach, in “Frontier of Earthquake Short-term Prediction Study”, Hayakawa, M. (edit.), NSTSS, Japan.
Kafatos M. (2011) The Science of Wholeness, in “Analecta Husserliana”, T. Tymieniecka, A. Grandpierre (edit.), Springer Science, Business Media, B.V.
Draganescu, M., Roy, S., Kafatos, M., (2010) Effective Theories And The Phenomenological Information **
Kafatos, M., Ouzounov, D., Pulinets, S., Hattori, K., Liu, Jy., Parrot, M., Taylor, P. (2010) Multi Sensor Approach of Validating Atmospheric Signals Associated with Major Earthquakes. EGU General Assembly , p.14184
Singh RP, Mehdi W, Gautam R, Senthil Kumar J, Zlotnicki J, and Kafatos M. (2010) Precursory signals using satellite and ground data associated with the Wenchuan Earthquake of 12 May 2008, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol 31(13) pp. 3341-3354.
Singh, R.P., Kumar, J.S., Zlotnicki, J., Kafatos, M. (2010) Satellite Detection of carbon monoxide emission prior to the Gujarat earthquake of 26 January 2001, J. Applied Geochemistry 25, pp. 580-585
Kwak, D.A., Chung, J., Lee, W.K., Kafatos, M., Lee, S.Y., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H. (2010) Evaluation for Damaged Degree of Vegetation by Forest Fire using LiDAR and Digital Aerial Photograph, (PE&RS) Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing Vol. 76, No.3, pp. 277-287
Kwak, D.A., Lee, W.K., Kafatos, M., Son, Y., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H. (2010) Estimation of effective plant area index for South Korean forests using LiDAR system, Science China, Life Sciences Vol. 53, No. 7: 898-908, doi: 10.1007/s11427-010-4019-z
Kwak, D.A., Lee, W.K., Cho, H.K., Lee, S.H., Son, Y., Kafatos, M., Kim, S.R. (2010) Estimating stem volume and biomass of Pinus Koraiensis using LiDAR data, JPR Symposium, J Plant Res doi: 10.1007/s 10265-010-0310-0
Prasad, A.K., El-Askary, H., Kafatos, M. (2010) Implications of high altitude desert dust transport from Western Sahara to Nile delta during biomass burning season, Environmental Pollution Vol. 158, pp. 3385-3391