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David Sailor

David Sailor
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, Urban Climate Research Center, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

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

David Sailor is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. At ASU Dr. Sailor is in a leadership role in the development and maintenance of an Urban Climate Research Initiative. Prior to joining ASU Dr. Sailor was on the faculties of Tulane University (1993-2003) and Portland State University (2003-2015). He served as the Director of the South Central Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) at Tulane and was the founding director of the Green Building Research Laboratory at Portland State. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 where he conducted research in collaboration with the Energy and Environment Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. Sailor's scholarly agenda focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. This includes investigation of feedback mechanisms between the built environment and climate with a focus on building energy consumption and renewable energy resources as well as both indoor and outdoor thermal comfort and air quality. He has worked extensively on quantifying the causes and prospects for mitigating the urban heat island effect. His current research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency are exploring potential for mitigating indoor and outdoor thermal environment and air quality with an emphasis on vulnerable elderly populations.

Dr. Sailor has also been quite active in several societies that focus on urban climate research. This includes serving as Chair of the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment (2008-2011) and his current position as secretary of the board of the International Association for Urban Climate (2014-2017).

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1993

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1990

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle, 1988

Journal Articles


Abbass, O. A., D. J. Sailor and E. T. Gall. 2017. Effect of fiber material on ozone removal and carbonyl production from carpets. Atmospheric Environment 148(Jan):42-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.10.034. (link )

Hondula, D. M., R. C. Balling Jr., R. Andrade, E. S. Krayenhoff, A. Middel, A. Urban, M. Georgescu and D. J. Sailor. 2017. Biometeorology for cities. International Journal of Biometeorology 61(Supp. 1):59-69. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-017-1412-3. (link )


Day, N. U., C. C. Reinhart, S. DeBow, M. K. Smith, D. J. Sailor, E. Johansson and C. C. Wamser. 2016. Thermal effects of microinverter placement on the performance of silicon photovoltaics. Solar Energy 125(Feb):444-452. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.12.023. (link )

Mikado, Y., V. Shandas, S. Ferwati and D. Sailor. 2016. Daytime variation of urban heat islands: The case study of Doha, Qatar. Climate 4(2):32. DOI: 10.3390/cli4020032. (link )

Ogaili, H. and D. J. Sailor. 2016. Measuring the effect of vegetated roofs on the performance of photovoltaic panels in a combined system. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 138(6):061009. DOI: 10.1115/1.4034743. (link )

Park, C., G. W. Schade, N. D. Werner, D. J. Sailor and C. Kim. 2016. Comparative estimates of anthropogenic heat emission in relation to surface energy balance of a subtropical urban neighborhood. Atmospheric Environment 126(Feb):182-191. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.11.038. (link )

Sailor, D., M. Shepherd, S. Sheridan, B. Stone, L. Kalkstein, A. Russell, J. Vargo and T. Andersen. 2016. Improving heat-related health outcomes in an urban enviornment with science-based policy. Sustainability 8(10):1015. DOI: 10.3390/su8101015. (link )

Taleghani, M., D. J. Sailor and G. Ban-Weiss. 2016. Micrometeorological simulations to predict the impacts of heat mitigation strategies on pedestrian thermal comfort in a Los Angeles neighborhood. Environmental Research Letters 11(2):4002. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/024003. (link )


Botham-Myint, D., G. W. Recktenwald and D. J. Sailor. 2015. Thermal footprint effect of rooftop urban cooling strategies. Urban Climate 14, Part 2(December):268-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.005. (link )

Sailor, D. J., M. Georgescu, J. M. Milne and M. Hart. 2015. Development of a national anthropogenic heating database with an extrapolation for international cities. Atmospheric Environment 118(October):7-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.07.016. (link )


Lee, S., S. A. McKeen and D. J. Sailor. 2014. A regression approach for estimation of anthropogenic heat flux based on a bottom-up air pollutant emission database. Atmospheric Environment 95(October):629-633. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.07.009. (link )

Sage-Lauck, J. S. and D. J. Sailor. 2014. Evaulation of phase change materials for improving thermal comfort in a super-insulated residential building. Energy and Buildings 79(August):32-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.04.028. (link )

Sailor, D. J. 2014. Risks of summertime extreme thermal conditions in buildings as a result of climate change and exacerbation of urban heat islands. Building and Environment 78(August):81-88. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.04.012. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and B. Bass. 2014. Green roof energy calculator. Journal of Living Architecture 3:1-24.

Smith, M. K., H. Selbak, C. C. Wamser, N. U. Day, M. Krieske, D. J. Sailor and T. N. Rosenstiel. 2014. Water cooling method to improve the performance of field-mounted, insulated, and concentrating photovoltaic modules. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 136(3):034503. DOI: 10.1115/1.4026466. (link )

Taleghani, M., D. J. Sailor, M. Tenpierik and A. van den Dobbelsteen. 2014. Thermal assessment of heat mitigation strategies: The case of Portland State University, Oregon, USA. Building and Environment 73(March):138-150. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.12.006. (link )

Taleghani, M., M. Tenpierik, A. van den Dobbelsteen and D. J. Sailor. 2014. Heat in courtyards: A validated and calibrated parametric study of heat mitigation strategies for urban courtyards in the Netherlands. Solar Energy 103(May):108-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2014.01.033. (link )

Taleghani, M., M. Tenpierik, A. van den Dobbelsteen and D. J. Sailor. 2014. Heat mitigation strategies in winter and summer: Field measurements in temperate climates. Building and Environment 81(November):309-319. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.07.010. (link )


Moody, S. S. and D. J. Sailor. 2013. Development and application of a building energy performance metric for green roof systems. Energy Buildings 60(May):262-269. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.02.002. (link )

Norvell, C., D. J. Sailor and P. Dusicka. 2013. The effect of microencapsulated phase-change material on the compressive strength of structural concrete. Journal of Green Building 8(3):116-124. DOI: 10.3992/jgb.8.3.116. (link )

Smith, M. K., C. C. Wamser, K. E. James, S. S. Moody, D. J. Sailor and T. N. Rosenstiel. 2013. Effects of natural and manual cleaning on photovoltaic output. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 135(3):034505. DOI: 10.1115/1.4023927. (link )


Gibson, M. and D. J. Sailor. 2012. Corrections to the mathematical formulation of a backwards Lagrangian particle dispersion model. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 145(2):399-406. DOI: 10.1007/s10546-012-9739-0. (link )

Sailor, D. J., T. B. Elley and M. Gibson. 2012. Exploring the building energy performance of green roof design decisions – a modeling study of buildings in four distinct climates. Journal of Building Physics 35(4):372-391. DOI: 10.1177/1744259111420076. (link )


Chen, F., H. Kusaka, R. Bornstein, J. Ching, C. B. Grimmond, S. Grossman-Clarke, T. Loridan, K. W. Manning, A. Martilli, S. Miao, D. Sailor, F. Salamanca Palou, H. Taha, M. Tewari, X. Wang, A. A. Wyszogrodzki and C. Zhang. 2011. The integrated WRF/urban modelling system: Development, evaluation, and applications to urban environmental problems. International Journal of Climatology 31(2):273-288. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2158. (link )

Sailor, D. J. 2011. A review of methods for estimating anthropogenic heat and moisture emissions in the urban environment. International Journal of Climatology 31(2):189-199. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2106. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and M. Hagos. 2011. An updated and expanded set of thermal property data for green roof growing media. Energy and Buildings 43(9):2298-2303. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.05.014. (link )

Scherba, A., D. J. Sailor, T. N. Rosenstiel and C. C. Wamser. 2011. Modeling impacts of roof reflectivity, integrated photovoltaic panels and green roof systems on sensible heat flux into the urban environment. Building and Environment 46(12):2542-2551. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2011.06.012. (link )


Grimmond, C. B., M. Roth, T. R. Oke, Y. C. Au, M. Best, R. Betts, G. Carmichael, H. Cleugh, W. Dabberdt, R. Emmanuel, E. Freitas, K. Fortuniak, S. Hanna, P. Klein, L. S. Kalkstein, C. H. Liu, A. Nickson, D. Pearlmutter, D. Sailor and J. Voogt. 2010. Climate and more sustainable cities: Climate information for improved planning and management of cities (producers/capabilities perspective). Procedia Environmental Sciences 1(World Climate Conference - 3):247-274. DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2010.09.016. (link )

Taha, H. and D. Sailor. 2010. Evaluating the effects of radiative forcing feedback in modelling urban ozone air quality in Portland, Oregon: Two-way coupled MM5-CMAQ numerical model simulations. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 137(2):291-305. DOI: 10.1007/s10546-010-9533-9. (link )


Ching, J., M. Brown, T. McPherson, S. Burian, F. Chen, R. Cionco, A. Hanna, T. Hultgren, D. Sailor, H. Taha and D. Williams. 2009. National urban database and access portal tool. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 90:1157-1168. DOI: 10.1175/2009BAMS2675.1. (link )

Hart, M. A. and D. J. Sailor. 2009. Quantifying the influence of land-use and surface characteristics on spatial variability in the urban heat island. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 95(3):397-406. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-008-0017-5. (link )

Klotz, L., V. Loftness, G. Henze, D. J. Sailor and D. Riley. 2009. Technical research needs for sustainable buildings: Results from a multidisciplinary NSF workshop. Journal of Green Building 4(4):101-112. DOI: 10.3992/jgb.4.4.101. (link )


Heiple, S. and D. J. Sailor. 2008. Using building energy simulation and geospatial modeling techniques to determine high resolution building sector energy consumption profiles. Energy and Buildings 40(8):1426-1436. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2008.01.005. (link )

Pullen, J., J. Ching, D. Sailor, W. Thompson, B. Bornstein and D. Koracin. 2008. Progress toward the challenges of our coastal urban future. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 89:1727-1731. DOI: 10.1175/2008BAMS2560.1. (link )

Sailor, D. J. 2008. A green roof model for building energy simulation programs. Energy and Buildings 40(8):1466-1478. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2008.02.001. (link )

Sailor, D. J., D. Hutchinson and L. Bokovoy. 2008. Thermal property measurements for ecoroof soils common in the western U.S.. Energy and Buildings 40(7):1246-1251. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.11.004. (link )

Sailor, D. J., M. Smith and M. Hart. 2008. Climate change implications for wind power resources in the northwest United States. Renewable Energy 33(11):2393-2406. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2008.01.007. (link )

Semenza, J. C., D. E. Hall, D. J. Wilson, B. D. Bontempo, D. J. Sailor and L. A. George. 2008. Public perception of climate change: Voluntary mitigation and barriers to behavior change. American Journal of Preventative Medicine 35(5):479-487. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2008.08.020. (link )

Semenza, J. C., D. J. Wilson, J. Parra, B. D. Bontempo, M. Hart, D. J. Sailor and L. A. George. 2008. Public perception and behavior change in relationship to hot weather and air pollution. Environmental Research 107(3):401-411. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2008.03.005. (link )


Sailor, D. J. and N. Dietsch. 2007. The urban heat island mitigation impact screening tool (MIST). Environmental Modeling & Software 22(10):1529-1541. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2006.11.005. (link )


Sailor, D. J., K. Resh and D. Segura. 2006. Field measurement of albedo for limited extent test surfaces. Solar Energy 80(5):589-599. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2005.03.012. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and C. Vassireddy. 2006. Correcting aggregate energy consumption data to account for variability in local weather. Environmental Modelling & Software 21(5):733-738. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2005.08.001. (link )


Fan, H. and D. J. Sailor. 2005. Modeling the impacts of anthropogenic heating on the urban climate of Philadelphia: A comparison of implementations in two PBL schemes. Atmospheric Environment 39(1):73-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2004.09.031. (link )


Sailor, D. J. and L. Lu. 2004. A top-down methodology for developing diurnal and seasonal anthropogenic heating profiles for urban areas. Atmospheric Environment 38(17):2737-2748. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2004.01.034. (link )


Sailor, D. J. and A. A. Pavlova. 2003. Air conditioning market saturation and long-term response of residential cooling energy demand to climate change. Energy 28(9):941-951. DOI: 10.1016/S0360-5442(03)00033-1. (link )


Breslow, P. B. and D. J. Sailor. 2002. Vulnerability of wind power resources to climate change in the continental United States. Renewable Energy 27(4):585-598. DOI: 10.1016/S0960-1481(01)00110-0. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and H. Fan. 2002. Modeling the diurnal variability of effective albedo for cities. Atmospheric Environment 36(4):713-725. DOI: 10.1016/S1352-2310(01)00452-6. (link )


Sailor, D. J. 2001. Relating residential and commercial sector electricy loads to climate—evaluating state level sensitivities and vulnerabilities. Energy 26(7):645-657. DOI: 10.1016/S0360-5442(01)00023-8. (link )


Li, X. and D. Sailor. 2000. Application of tree-structured regression for regional precipitation prediction using general circulation model output. Climate Research 16(1):17-30. (link )

Sailor, D. J. 2000. Regional climate modeling for climate change impact assessment. World Resource Review 12(4):585-598.

Sailor, D. J., T. Hu, X. Li and J. N. Rosen. 2000. A neural network approach to local downscaling of GCM output for assessing wind power implications of climate change. Renewable Energy 19(3):359-378. DOI: 10.1016/S0960-1481(99)00056-7. (link )


Sailor, D. J. and X. Li. 1999. A semiempirical downscaling approach for predicting regional temperature impacts associated with climatic change. Journal of Climate 12(1):103-114. DOI: 10.1175/1520-0442-12.1.103. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and X. Li. 1999. Tree-structured regression downscaling for regional climate change predictions of precipitation. World Resource Review 11(1):64-75.

Sailor, D. J., D. J. Rohli and Q. Fu. 1999. Effect of variable duty cycle flow pulsations on heat transfer enhancement for an impinging air jet. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow 20(6):574-580. DOI: 10.1016/S0142-727X(99)00055-7. (link )


Munoz, J. R. and D. J. Sailor. 1998. A modelling methodology for assessing the impact of climate variability and climatic change on hydroelectric generation. Energy Conversion and Management 39(14):1459-1469. DOI: 10.1016/S0196-8904(98)00017-X. (link )

Sailor, D. J., J. N. Rosen and J. R. Munoz. 1998. Natural gas consumption and climate: A comprehensive set of predictive state-level models for the United States. Energy 23(2):91-103. DOI: 10.1016/S0360-5442(97)00073-X. (link )



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 )


Sampson, D. A. and D. J. Sailor. 2011. Coupled energy and water use in the Phoenix metro area as influenced by drought and climate change; empirical observations and simulation analyses. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 12-13, 2011 13th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Conference Papers


Sailor, D. J., S. Rodriguez and J. Lauck. 2013. In situ evaluation of vanguard technologies for high performance residential buildings. Pp. V004T13A001 ASME Proceedings Environmental Heat Transfer. ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. Mineapolis, Minnesota. (link )

Sailor, D. J. and P. Vuppulum. 2013. Energy performance of sustainable roofing systems. Pp. V004T13A002 ASME Proceedings Environmental Heat Transfer. ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link )


Campbell, K. R. and D. J. Sailor. 2011. Phase change materials as thermal storage for high performance homes. Pp. 809-818 ASME Proceedings Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability. ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. (link )