Arnico Panday is ICIMOD’s Senior Atmospheric Scientist and Coordinator of the Atmosphere Initiative. Until recently he was alsoa Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in the US. Arnico received a Bachelor’s degree with high honours in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, US, a Master's degree in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, and a Doctor of Science in Atmospheric Science from MIT. He has conducted postdoctoral research at MIT and at Princeton University’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
His research has focused on atmospheric chemistry and physics in mountain areas. He has used field measurements and modelling to study the processes responsible for the accumulation and ventilation of air pollutants in the Kathmandu Valley. He has prepared simulations of air pollution transport from the Ganges Basin to the high Himalayas. With funding from the University of Virginia and NASA, he has set up observations in the Kali Gandaki Valley to study the transport of polluted air from South Asia towards the Tibetan Plateau. Since 2011 he has also served as an advisor to the Rwanda Climate Observatory Project, in which MIT and the Government of Rwanda are jointly constructing an atmospheric observatory on the summit of Mt Karisimbi (4,507m). His interests span beyond atmospheric chemistry and physics to cover technologies and policies that reduce emissions to the atmosphere as well as ways to design sustainable cities.