CV Rakesh Hooda

Title Senior Research Scientist
Postal address Finnish Meteorological Institute, POB 503, 00101 HELSINKI
Street address Erik Palménin Aukio 1, 00560 HELSINKI
Phone number +358-50-4014544
Fax +358 29 539 3503

Fields of expertise

  • Atmospheric aerosol observations and linkages with climate change and human health

  • Aerosol-cloud interactions, and their impact on precipitation and hydrological cycle

  • Model-observation studies of aerosols, their source apportionment and climate effects

  • Development of environmental management plans (EMPs) and environmental policy related studies

  • Emission inventory, monitoring and air-quality management


  • Traffic and air quality in India: technologies and attitudes (Business Finland and DBT, India, 2017-ongoing)

  • Influence of clouds and atmospheric aerosols on solar energy in India and Finland (Academy of Finland and DST, India, 2015-2017)

  • Climate modelling and observations (MFA, Finland, 2014-2017)

  • Absorbing aerosols and fate of the Indian glaciers (Academy of Finland, 2013-2017)

  • Black and brown carbon influence on climate in India – from local to regional scale (Academy of Finland, 2013-2014)

  • Particulate air pollution over India and the brown cloud associated with it (MFA, Finland, 2005-2012)

  • Air pollution exposure assessment by land-use regression-LUR (Norwegian Institute of Public Health- NIPH, 2010-2012)

  • Master Plan study for collection, recycling and safe disposal of end-of-life Hg bearing Lamps (CFLs/FTLs) & associated Electronics -ELCOMA, 2010-2011)

  • Reduction of Energy Consumption/ CO2 emission and improvement of air quality in Asia (Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, 2008-2010)

  • European Integrated project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality interactions-EUCAARI (European Commission, 2007-2010)

  • Air Quality monitoring and emission source apportionment study: Bangalore (Oil industry and CPCB/MoEF, 2005-2009)

  • Multi-grid three-dimensional air quality model (Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, 2005-2008)

  • Mobility for development–A case study of Bangalore (World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, and Renault, 2005-2007)

University and other degrees

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2019

  • M.Tech., Environmental Sc. and Engineering, G.J. University of Science & Technology, Hissar and Bhabha Atomic Research Center, (BARC), Mumbai, 2002

  • M.Sc., Environmental Science, G.J. University of Science & Technology, Hissar, 2000

Previous professional appointments

  • FMI, Helsinki: Senior Researcher/Senior Research Scientist, 2012–

  • TERI, Bangalore/Delhi: Research Associate/Associate Fellow/Fellow, 2005–2012

  • CRRI, Delhi: Scientist (Fellow), 2002–2005

  • BARC, Mumbai: Researcher for M.Tech. dissertation project 2001–2002

  • TERI, Delhi: Researcher for M.Sc. dissertation project, 1999–2000