Matei Georgescu

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


Dr. Georgescu's research aims to improve understanding and characterization of distinct phenomena related to urbanization-induced landscape change. He focuses on identifying hydro-climatic and air quality impacts resulting from large-scale urbanization, as well as potential adaptation and mitigation strategies. In addition, Dr. Georgescu addresses environmental consequences (e.g., on climate and hydrology) of renewable energy expansion by integrating across physical, agricultural, and socioeconomic elements. The range of tools used to investigate these topics include climate models, remote sensing data and associated applications, and in situ weather/climate observations.

Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Georgescu was a Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Center on Food Security and the Environment (Department of Environmental Earth System Science) at Stanford University from 2008-2010.


modeling; climate change; land-atmosphere interactions; environmental impacts of bioenergy expansion; urbanization effects on weather and climate; modeling and simulation; scientific computing; land use change


    Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University, 2008

    M.S., Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 2003

    B.S., Meteorology, Rutgers University, 1999

Journal Articles

In Press

Salamanca, F., M. Georgescu, A. Mahalov, M. Moustaoui and M. Wang. In Press. Anthropogenic heating of the urban environment due to air conditioning. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres DOI: 10.1002/2013JD021225. (link)


Salamanca, F., M. Georgescu, A. Mahalov, M. Moustaoui, M. Wang and B. M. Svoma. 2013. Assessing summertime urban air conditioning consumption in a semiarid environment. Environmental Research Letters 8(3):034022. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034022. (link)


Georgescu, M., D. B. Lobell and C. B. Field. 2011. Direct climate effects of perennial bioenergy crops in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(11):4307-4312. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1008779108 . (link)

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Milne, J., M. Georgescu, D. J. Sailor and M. Hart. 2014. Developing anthropogenic heating profiles for urban areas across the United States. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Lorenz, D., M. Georgescu and A. J. Brazel. 2013. Assessing climate impacts of projected continental U.S. urban expansion. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)