Urban Environment Research Group

Arizona State University



A complete list of all published journal papers can be found at my ResearcherID or Google Scholar webpages. Anyone interested in our research can also drop me an email and I will be happy to send you PDF copies of our publication.

(* corresponding author)


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66. Wang C, Li Q, Wang ZH* (2018) Quantifying the impact of urban trees on passive pollutant dispersion using a coupled large-eddy simulation-Lagrangian stochastic model, Building & Environment, 145: 33-49. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.09.014


65. Wang C, Wang ZH*, Yang J (2018) Cooling effect or urban trees on the built environment of contiguous United States, Earth¡¯s Future, 6: 1066-1081. doi: 10.1029/2018EF000891


64. Song J*, Wang ZH, Wang C (2018) The regional impact of urban heat mitigation strategies on planetary boundary layer dynamics over a semiarid city, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123: 6410-6422. doi: 10.1029/2018JD028302


63. Omidvar H, Song J, Yang J, Arwatz G, Wang ZH, Hultmark M, Kaloush K, Bou-Zeid E* (2018) Rapid modification of urban land surface temperature during rainfall, Water Resources Research, 54: 4245-4264. doi: 10.1029/2017WR022241


62. Wang C, Wang ZH*, Yang J, Li Q (2018) A backward Lagrangian stochastic model for the urban environment, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 168(1): 59-80. doi: 10.1007/s10546-018-0338-6


61. Li Q*, Wang ZH (2017) Large-eddy simulation of the impact of urban trees on momentum and heat fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 255: 44-56. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.07.011


60. Templeton NA, Vivoni ER*, Wang ZH, Schreiner-McGraw A (2018) Quantifying water and energy fluxes over different urban land covers in Phoenix, Arizona, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(4): 2111-2128. doi:10.1002/2017JD027845


59. Zhao Q*, Yang J, Wang ZH, Wentz EA (2018) Assessing the cooling and locational benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ, Urban Science, 2, 4-20. doi:10.3390/urbansci2010004


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58. Huang F, Zhan W*, Wang ZH, Wang K, Chen JM, Liu Y, Lai J, Ju W (2017) Positive or negative? Urbanization-induced variations in diurnal skin-surface temperature range detected using satellite data, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(24): 13229-13244. doi:10.1002/2017JD027021


57. Wang C*, Wang C, Myint SW, Wang ZH (2017) Landscape determinants of spatio-temporal patterns of aerosol optical depth in the two most polluted metropolitans in the United States, Science of the Total Environment, 609: 1556-1565. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.273


56. Yang J, Wang ZH* (2017) Planning for a sustainable desert city: The potential water buffering capacity of urban green infrastructure, Landscape and Urban Planning, 167: 339-347. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.014


55. Song J, Wang ZH*, Myint SW, Wang C (2017) The hysteresis effect on surface-air temperature relationship and its implications to urban planning: An examination in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Landscape and Urban Planning, 167: 198-211. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.06.024


54. Sun T*, Wang ZH, Oechel W, Grimmond CSB (2017) The analytical objective hysteresis model (AnOHM v1.0): Methodology to determine bulk storage heat flux coefficients, Geoscientific Model Development, 10: 2875-2890. doi:10.5194/gmd-10-2875-2017.


53. Upreti R, Wang ZH*, Yang J (2017) Radiative shading effect of urban trees on cooling the regional built environment, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 26: 18-24. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2017.05.008.


52. Wang C, Wang ZH* (2017) Projecting population growth as a dynamic measure of regional urban warming, Sustainable Cities and Society, 32: 357-365. doi:10.1016/j.scs.2017.04.010.


51. Wang ZH*, Li Q (2017) Thermodynamic characterisation of urban nocturnal cooling, Heliyon, 3: e00290. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2017.e00290.


50. Song J*, Wang ZH, Wang C (2017) Biospheric and anthropogenic contributors to atmospheric CO2 variability in a residential neighborhood of Phoenix Arizona, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 122: 3317-3329. doi:10.1002/2016JD026267. 


49. Yang J, Wang ZH*, Li Q, Vercauteren N, Bou-Zeid E, Parlange M (2017) A novel approach for unraveling the energy balance of water surfaces with a single depth temperature measurement, Limnology and Oceanography, 62(1): 89-103. doi:10.1002/lno.10378.


48. Aflaki A*, Mirnerzhad M, Ghaffarianhoseini A, Ghaffarianhoseini A, Omrany H, Wang ZH, Akbari H (2017) Urban heat island mitigation strategies: A state-of-the-art review on Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong, Cities, 62: 131-145. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2016.09.003.


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47. Song J, Wang ZH* (2016) Diurnal changes in in urban boundary layer environment induced by urban greening, Environmental Research Letters, 11: 114018. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114018.


46. Wang ZH*, Fan C, Myint SW, Wang C (2016) Size matters: what are the characteristic source areas for urban planning strategies? PLoS One, 11(11):e0165726. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165726.


45. Wang C*, Yang J, Myint SW, Wang ZH, Tong B (2016) Empirical modeling and spatio-temporal patterns of urban evapotranspiration for the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Arizona. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 53(6): 778-792. doi:10.1080/15481603.2016.1243399.


44. Yang J*, Wang ZH, Kaloush KE, Dylla H (2016) Effect of pavement thermal properties on mitigating urban heat islands: A multi-scale modeling case study in Phoenix, Building and Environment, 108: 110-121. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.08.021.


43. Huang F, Zhan W*, Voogt J, Hu L, Wang ZH, Quan J, Ju W, Guo Z (2016) Temporal upscaling of surface urban heat island by incorporating an annual temperature cycle model: A tale of two cities, Remote Sensing of Environment, 186: 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.08.009


42. Song J, Wang ZH* (2016) Evaluating the impact of built environment characteristics on urban boundary layer dynamics using an advanced stochastic approach, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16: 6285-6301. doi:10.5194/acp-16-1-2016.  


41. Wang C*, Myint SW, Wang ZH, Song J (2016) Spatio-temporal modeling of the urban heat island in the Phoenix Metropolitan area: Land use change implications. Remote Sensing, 8, 185. doi: 10.3390/rs8030185.


40. Yang J, Wang ZH*, Georgescu M, Chen F, Tewari M (2016) Assessing the impact of enhanced hydrological processes on urban hydrometeorology with application to two cities in contrasting climates. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17: 1031-1047. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-15-0112.1.


39. Ryu YH*, Bou-Zeid E, Wang ZH, Smith JA (2016) Realistic representation of urban trees in an urban canopy model, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 159: 193-220. doi:10.1007/s10546-015-0120-y.


38. Song J*, Xia J, Zhang L, Wang ZH, Wan H, She D (2016) Streamflow prediction in ungauged basins by regressive regionalization: A case study in Huai River Basin, China. Hydrology Research, 47: 1053-1068. doi:10.2166/nh.2015.155.


37. Wang ZH*, Zhao X, Yang J, Song J (2016) Cooling and energy saving potentials of shade trees and urban lawns in a desert city. Applied Energy, 161: 437-444. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.10.047.


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36. Song J, Wang ZH* (2015) Impacts of mesic and xeric urban vegetation on outdoor thermal comfort and microclimate in Phoenix, AZ. Building and Environment, 94: 558-568. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.10.016.  


35. Yang J, Wang ZH* (2015) Optimizing urban irrigation schemes for the trade-off between energy and water consumption. Energy and Buildings, 47: 830-843. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.08.045.


34. Georgescu M*, Chow, WTL, Wang ZH, Brazel A, Trapido-Lurie B, Roth M, Benson-Lira V (2015) Prioritizing urban sustainability solutions: coordinated approaches must incorporate scale-dependent built environment induced effects.  Environmental Research Letter, 10: 061001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/6/061001.


33. Yang J, Wang ZH*, Kaloush K (2015) Environmental impacts of reflective materials: Is high albedo a ¡®silver bullet¡¯ for mitigating urban heat island? Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 47: 830-843. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.03.092.


32. Yang J, Wang ZH*, Chen F, Miao S, Tewari M, Voogt J, Myint S (2015) Enhancing hydrologic modelling in the coupled WRF-urban modelling system. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 155(1): 87-109. doi:10.1007/s10546-014-9991-6.


31. Song J, Wang ZH* (2015) Interfacing the urban land-atmosphere system through coupled urban canopy and atmospheric models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 154(3): 427-448. doi:10.1007/s10546-014-9980-9.


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30. Yang J, Wang ZH* (2014) Land surface energy partitioning revisited: A novel approach based on single depth soil measurement. Geophysical Research Letters, 41: 8348-8358. doi:10.1002/2014GL062041.


29. Wang ZH* (2014) Monte Carlo simulations of radiative heat exchange in a street canyon with trees. Solar Energy, 110: 704-713. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2014.10.012.


28. Wang ZH* (2014) A new perspective of urban-rural differences: the impact of soil water advection. Urban Climate, 10: 19-34. doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2014.08.004


27. Huang F, Zhan W*, Ju W, Wang ZH (2014) Improved reconstruction of soil thermal field using two-depth measurements of soil temperatures. Journal of Hydrology, 519: 711-719.  doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.08.014


26. Yang J, Wang ZH* (2014) Physical parameterization and sensitivity of urban hydrological models: Application to green roof systems. Building and Environment, 75: 250-263.  doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.02.006


25.  Ramamurthy R*, Bou-Zeid E, Smith J, Wang Z, Baeck M, Hom J, Welty C (2014) Influence of sub-facet heterogeneity and material properties on the urban surface energy budget. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53(9): 2114-2129. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0286.1


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24.  Shan WL*, Lu T, Wang ZH, Majidi C (2013) Thermal analysis and design of a multi-layered rigidity tunable composite. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 66: 271-278.  doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.07.031


23.  Yang J, Wang ZH*, Lee TW (2013) Relative efficiency of surface energy partitioning over different land covers. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 3(1): 86-102. Open access.


22.  Sun T, Wang ZH*, Ni G (2013) Revisiting the hysteresis effect in surface energy budget. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1741-1747.  doi:10.1002/grl.50385


21.  Sun T*, Bou-Zeid E, Wang ZH, Zerba E, Ni G (2013) Hydrometeorological determinants of green roof performance via a vertically-resolved model for heat and water transport. Building and Environment, 60: 211-224.  doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2012.10.018


20.  Wang ZH*, Bou-Zeid E and Smith JA (2013) A coupled energy transport and hydrological model for urban canopies with evaluation using a wireless sensor network. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 139: 1643-1657.  doi:10.1002/qj2032


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19.  Lee T-W*, Lee JY, Wang ZH (2012) Scaling of the urban heat island intensity using time-dependent energy balance. Urban Climate, 2: 16-24.  doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2012.10.005


18.  Wang ZH* (2012) Reconstruction of soil thermal field from a single depth measurement. Journal of Hydrology, 464-465: 541-549.  doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.07.047


17.  Wang ZH*, Bou-Zeid E (2012) A novel approach for the estimation of soil ground heat flux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 154-155: 214-221.  doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.12.001


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16.  Wang ZH*, Bou-Zeid E, Au SK, Smith JA (2011) Analyzing the sensitivity of WRF¡¯s single-layer urban canopy model to parameter uncertainty using advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 50(9): 1795-1814.  doi:10.1175/2011JAMC2685.1


15.  Wang* ZH, Bou-Zeid E (2011) Comment on ¡°Impact of wave phase difference between soil surface heat flux and soil surface temperature on soil surface energy balance closure¡± by Z. Gao, R. Horton and H. P. Liu. Journal of Geophysical Research ¨C Atmospheres, 116: D08110.  doi:10.1029/2010JD015117


14.  Wang ZH*, Bou-Zeid E, Smith JA (2011) A spatially-analytical scheme for surface temperatures and conductive heat fluxes in urban canopy models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 138(2): 171-193.  doi:10.1007/s10546-010-9552-6


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13.  Wang ZH* (2010) Geometric effect of radiative heat exchange in concave structure with application to heating of steel I-sections in fire. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53(5): 997-1003.  doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2009.11.013


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12.  Scherer GW*, Pr¨¦vost JH and Wang ZH (2009) Bending of poroelastic beam with lateral diffusion. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46(18-19): 3451-3462.  doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2009.05.016


11.  Wang ZH, Pr¨¦vost JH*, Coussy O (2009) Bending of fluid-saturated linear poroelastic beams with compressible constituents. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 33(4): 425-447.  doi:10.1002/nag.722


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10.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2008) Green¡¯s function approach for heat conduction: application to steel members protected by intumescent paint. Numerical Heat Transfer Part B: Fundamentals, 54(6): 435-453.  doi:10.1080/10407790802554034


9.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2008) Radiative heat transfer for structural members exposed to fire: an analytical approach. Journal of Fire Sciences, 26(2): 133-152. doi:10.1177/0734904107085746


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8.  Au SK*, Wang ZH, Lo SM (2007) Compartment fire risk analysis by advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Engineering Structures, 29(9): 2381-2390.  doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2006.11.024


7.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2007) Temperature prediction of concrete-filled rectangular hollow sections in fire using Green¡¯s function method. Journal of Engineering Mechanics ¨C ASCE, 133(6): 688-700.  doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9399(2007)133:6(688)


6.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2007) Temperature prediction for multi-dimensional domains in standard fire. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 23(11): 1035-1055.  doi:10.1002/cnm.950


5.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2007) Temperature prediction for contour-insulated concrete-filled CHS subjected to fire using large time Green¡¯s function solutions. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 63(7): 997-1007.  doi:10.1016/j.jcsr.2006.08.014


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4.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2006) Green¡¯s function solution for transient heat conduction in concrete-filled steel CHS subjected to fire. Engineering Structures, 28(11): 1574-1585.  doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2006.02.007


3.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2006) Residual area method for heat transfer analysis of concrete-encased I-sections in fire. Engineering Structures, 28(3): 411-422.  doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2005.08.013


2.  Wang ZH*, Tan KH (2006) Sensitivity study of time delay coefficient of heat transfer formulations for insulated steel members exposed to fire. Fire Safety Journal, 41(1): 31-38.  doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2005.07.008


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1.  Wang ZH*, Au SK, Tan KH (2005) Heat transfer analysis using a Green¡¯s function approach for uniformly insulated steel members subjected to fire. Engineering Structures, 27(10): 1551-1562.  doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2005.05.005