Elizabeth Wentz

Elizabeth Wentz
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Dean of Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
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
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

wentz@asu.edu
480-965-4144

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 870104
Tempe, AZ 85287-0104

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

PhD, Geography, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1997

MA, Geography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 1989

BS, Mathematics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 1987

Journal Articles

2015

Jia, J., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2015. Quantifying the trade-off between landscape vegetation height, surface temperature, and water consumption in single-family homes in Tempe, AZ. Inquire 1:16-35.

2014

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)

2013

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.

2011

Gober, P., E. A. Wentz, T. Lant, M. K. Tschudi and C. W. Kirkwood. 2011. WaterSim: A simulation model for urban water planning in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Environment and Planning B 38(2):197-215. DOI: 10.1068/b36075. (link)

2010

Garrity, C. M., R. S. Cerveny and E. A. Wentz. 2010. Vertical moisture profile characteristics of severe surface drought and surface wetness in the western United States: 1973-2002. International Journal of Climatology 30(6):894-900.

Lee, S. J., E. A. Wentz and P. Gober. 2010. Space-time forecasting using soft geostatistics: A case study in forecasting municipal water demand for Phoenix, Arizona. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment 24(2):283-295. DOI: 10.1007/s00477-009-0317-z.

Wentz, E. A., D. J. Peuquet and J. R. Anderson. 2010. An ensemble approach to space-time interpolation. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 24(9):1309-1325.

2009

Ruddell, D. M. and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Multi-tasking: Scale in geography. Geography Compass 3(2):681-697. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00206.x. (link)

Yabiku, S. T., J. E. Glick, E. A. Wentz, S. A. Haas and Z. Zhu. 2009. Migration, health, and environment in the desert Southwest. Population and Environment 30(4-5):131-138. DOI: 10.1007/s11111-009-0082-4. (link)

2008

Lee, S. J. and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Applying Bayesian Maximum Entropy to extrapolating local-scale water consumption in Maricopa County, Arizona. Water Resources Research 44. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006101.

Walker, J. S., R. C. Balling, J. M. Briggs, M. V. Katti, P. S. Warren and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Birds of a feather: Interpolating distribution patterns of urban birds. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 32(1):19-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2007.02.001. (link)

2007

Keys, E., E. A. Wentz and C. L. Redman. 2007. The spatial structure of land use from 1970-2000 in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The Professional Geographer 59(1):131-147.

Keys, E., E. A. Wentz and C. L. Redman. 2007. The spatial structure of land use from 1970-2000 in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The Professional Geographer 59(1):131-147. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9272.2007.00596.x. (link)

Wentz, E. A. and P. Gober. 2007. Determinants of small-area water consumption for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Management 21(11):1849-1863. DOI: 10.1007/x11269-006-9133-0.

2006

Wentz, E. A., W. L. Stefanov, C. Gries and D. Hope. 2006. Land use and land cover mapping from diverse data sources for an arid urban environments. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 30(2006):320-246. (link)

1995

Wentz, E. A. and J. A. Bishop. 1995. Geographic information system anddatabase management at a tropical rainforest research station.. Biology International 10-19.

1994

Peuquet, D. J. and E. A. Wentz. 1994. An approach for time-base analysis of spatiotemporal data.. Advances in GIS Research 489-504.

Book Chapters

2013

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.

2009

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.

1992

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

Posters

2015

Hoffman, J., D. Sversvold and E. A. Wentz. 2015. The effect of plant composition on water use. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 27, 2015, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Jia, J., E. A. Wentz and K. L. Larson. 2015. Parcel level landscape vegetation tradeoffs. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Zhao, Q., E. A. Wentz and A. Murray. 2015. Tree shade optimization in an urban desert environment. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

2014

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)

2013

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.

Ouyang, Y., E. A. Wentz, B. L. Ruddell and S. L. Harlan. 2013. A multi-scale analysis of single-family residential water consumption in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

2011

Kim, W. K. and E. A. Wentz. 2011. Re-examining the definition of urban open space using fuzzy set theory. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link)

Kim, W. K., E. A. Wentz and S. W. Myint. 2011. Understanding and evaluating urban open spaces in an arid city. Poster presented February 20, 2011 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ruddell, D. M., E. A. Wentz, A. J. Brazel, J. Declet, P. G. Dixon, P. Gober, S. Grossman-Clarke, S. L. Harlan and S. R. Kelley. 2011. Environmental tradeoffs in a desert city: An investigation of water use, energy consumption, and local air temperature in Phoenix, AZ. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link)

2010

Kim, W. K. and E. A. Wentz. 2010. Understanding urban open spaces using a Green Index. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.

Pompeii, B. J. and E. A. Wentz. 2010. Seasonal variations in the determinants of outdoor residential water consumption in Yuma, Arizona. Poster presented on May 5, 2010 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2009

Ibes, D. C., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Human ecological concern about resource consumption at the neighborhood-level: Perceived versus actual water scarcity risks in Phoenix, Arizona. Illustrated paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada. March 24, 2009.

Ibes, D. C., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Identifying the water conservation potential of neighborhoods in the desert metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented on May 6, 2009 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Ibes, D. C., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Water resource consumption at the neighborhood level: Perceived versus actual water scarcity risks in Phoenix, Arizona. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, Tempe, AZ. January 15, 2009. (link)

2008

Howard, J., K. L. Larson, D. D. White and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Water managers' strategies for addressing uncertainty in their use of GIS for decision making. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Howard, J., K. L. Larson, D. D. White and E. A. Wentz. 2008. The use of GIS as a decision-support tool by water managers in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Lee, S. J. and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Spatial extrapolation mapping based on aggregated data: Countywide extrapolation of Phoenix water use data. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Lee, S. J., E. A. Wentz and P. Gober. 2008. Temporal geographic information systems (TGIS) to forecast future water consumption in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Lee, S. J., E. A. Wentz and P. Gober. 2008. Extrapolation mapping of water demand: Case study using historical water use data in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the European Geosciences Union 2008 General Assembly, Vienna, Austria. April 15, 2008. (link)

2006

Lant, T. and E. A. Wentz. 2006. A spatial decision support tool for regional water managers: scenarios for predicting residential water consumption. Poster presented at the May 4, 2006 Decision Support Systems Symposium, Tucson, AZ.

Wentz, E. A. and P. Gober. 2006. Factors influencing residential water consumption for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2002

Wentz, E. A., J. R. Anderson, W. L. Stefanov and J. M. Briggs. 2002. Desert fire history and effects on the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

Presentations

2014

Zhao, Q., E. A. Wentz and A. Murray. 2014. Shade optimization in a desert environment. Presentation at the GIScience 2014, Eighth International Conference on Geographic Information Science, September 23-26, 2014, Vienna, Austria.

2013

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.

2012

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.

2010

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.

Pompeii, B. J. and E. A. Wentz. 2010. Seasonal variation in the determinants of residential water consumption for the city of Yuma, Arizona. Presented April 15, 2010 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.

Wentz, E. A., S. W. Myint and A. J. Brazel. 2010. Outdoor water consumption and the impact on urban heat in Phoenix, Arizona. Presented April 18, 2010 at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

2009

Ibes, D. C., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2009. Identifying the water conservation potential of neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona. Paper presented on October 3, 2009 at the Association of Pacific Coast Geographer's meeting, San Diego, CA.

Ruddell, D. M., S. L. Harlan, E. A. Wentz and S. Grossman-Clarke. 2009. Climate change and urban vulnerability: Recommendations from Phoenix, AZ. Presented at the April 2009 Association of American Geographers Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Wentz, E. A. 2009. Computational spatial analysis techniques for better understanding urban water demand. Invited presentation to the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. February 2009.

2008

Yabiku, S. T., E. A. Wentz and Z. Zhu. 2008. Migration, health, and environment in the desert Southwest. Presentation at the April 17-19 2008 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, New Orleans, LA.

2006

Wentz, E. A. and P. Gober. 2006. Factors influencing water consumption for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Paper presented at the March 10, 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL.

Conference Papers

2001

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.

Thesis (Undergraduate)

2015

Jia, J., K. L. Larson and E. A. Wentz. 2015. Quantifying the tradeoff between landscape vegetation height, surface temperature, and water consumption in single-family residential houses for a desert city. Honors thesis. Arizona State University.