Urban Environment Research Group

Arizona State University



Welcome to the Urban Climate Research Group at Arizona State University. Our rural history and modern urban lives in the Sonoran Desert make Arizonans keenly aware of the tensions between the natural and built environment. As a research group, we aim to solve the major challenges that face us as we continue to seek prosperity in the desert. Our researches focus on the urban environment under the changing climate, including land-atmosphere interactions, turbulent transport, urban heat island and the long-term sustainability of cities. We employ analytical techniques, numerical modeling, as well as field measurements to investigate the effect of anthropogenic stressors on the natural environment, physics of flow and the hydrological cycle. Our primary objective is to advance the understanding of urban climate in the scientific community, as well as to foster sustainable urban development for future generations.


News update:

January 2017, Jiyun was awarded by Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA) with best dissertation award 2016, for her Ph.D. dissertation titled ¡°Urban Microclimatic Response to Landscape Changes via Land-Atmosphere Interactions¡±. Congratulations Jiyun!

November 2016, Jiachuan was awarded with the distinguished Dean¡¯s dissertation award for his Ph.D. dissertation titled ¡°Urban green infrastructure: Modeling and applications to environmental sustainability¡±. Congratulations Jiachuan!

November 2016, Jiyun and Jiachuan successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Song and Dr. Yang!

Zhihua Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Co-Director | National Center of Excellence for SMART Innovations

Senior Sustainability Scientist | Global Institute of Sustainability

Arizona State University

Office: ISTB4 Room 367

Mail address:

501 E Tyler Mall, ECG 252, PO box 875306

Tempe, AZ, 85287-5306

Tel: +1-480-727-2933

Fax: +1-480-965-0557

Email: zhwang@asu.edu



Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) at ASU