Elizabeth Wentz

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Executive Committee, Decision Center for a Desert City, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Affiliate, GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 870104
Tempe, AZ 85287-0104
Email: wentz@asu.edu


Wentz's research interests include the development and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistical analyses, urban and environmental studies, and GIS education.


shape and pattern analysis; geographic information science; applications of GIS to urban environment; remote sensing; water resource management


    Ph.D., Geography, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1997

    M.A., Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 1989

    B.S., Mathematics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 1987

Journal Articles


Ouyang, Y., E. A. Wentz, B. L. Ruddell and S. L. Harlan. 2014. A multi-scale analysis of the single-family residential water use in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 50(2):448-467. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12133. (link)

Wentz, E. A., A. J. Wills, W. K. Kim, S. W. Myint, P. Gober and R. C. Balling. 2014. Factors influencing water consumption in multifamily housing in Tempe, Arizona. The Professional Geographer 66(3):501-510. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2013.805627. (link)


Myint, S. W., E. A. Wentz, A. J. Brazel and D. Quattrochi. 2013. The impact of distinct anthropogenic and vegetation features on urban warming. Landscape Ecology 28(5):959-978. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-013-9868-y.

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Book Chapters


Larson, K. L., D. C. Ibes and E. A. Wentz. 2013. Identifying the water conservation potential of neighborhoods in Phoenix, AZ: an integrated socio-spatial approach. Pp. 11-35 In: Lawrence, P. ed., Geospatial Approaches to Urban Water Resources. Vol 7. Springer Series. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4734-0_3.


Wentz, E. A., W. L. Stefanov, M. Netzband, M. S. Moller and A. J. Brazel. 2009. The urban environmental monitoring/100 cities project: Legacy of the first phase and next steps. Pp. 191-204 In: Gamba, P. and M. Herold eds., Global Mapping of Human Settlement: Experiences, Datasets, and Prospects. CRC Press.


Castro Campos, M. V. and E. A. Wentz. 1992. Geographic information systems in tropical rain forest research.. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.



Jia, J., R. Bond and E. A. Wentz. 2014. Watering cost of turf and non-turf yards. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Rode, S., E. A. Wentz, X. Li and B. L. Turner II. 2014. The impact of homeowner association landscape guidelines on residential water use. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Allen, E., D. Frost and E. A. Wentz. 2013. Residential landscaping decisions and water usage in the City of Phoenix. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Wentz, E. A. 2013. Water, trees, shade, and energy: The energy-water nexus at the household level. Presented April 15, 2013 to the Females in Technology interest group at Salt River Project, Tempe, AZ.


Ouyang, Y., E. A. Wentz and B. L. Ruddell. 2012. Scale-dependency in the relationships of single-family residential water use with its determinants in Phoenix, Arizona. Presented at 28 February 2012 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New York, NY.


Myint, S. W., E. A. Wentz and A. J. Brazel. 2010. The impact of man-made features and natural landscapes on urban warming. Presented at the International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, October 15-17, 2010, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Conference Papers


Wentz, E. A., J. R. Anderson, W. L. Stefanov and J. M. Briggs. 2001. Desert fire history and effects on the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Pp. 154-158 Rome, Italy.