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:

August 2019: former group member Dr. Jiyun Song joined the faculty of the University of Hong Kong. Congratulations to Jiyun!


Summer 2019: the group welcomed visiting professor Fang Zhang from Xinjiang University, and new Ph.D. student Xueli Yang.

Zhihua Wang, Ph.D.

Associate 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:

P. O. Box 873005

Tempe, AZ, 85287-3005

Tel: +1-480-727-2933

Fax: +1-480-965-0557

Email: zhwang@asu.edu



Prof. Jiachuan Yang at Hong Kong UST

Prof. Jiyun Song at Hong Kong HKU

Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC) at ASU