Nancy Selover's research focuses on urban heat island, microclimate, and evaporation.
Serving as the State Climatologist for Arizona, Selover educates groups across the state on climate topics including the urban heat island, monsoon, drought, extreme weather, climate change, and Arizona's climate. Selover interfaces with state and city agencies, private businesses, researchers, and the public, providing climate data and information to assist these diverse groups. Dr. Selover serves on numerous committees including the Technical Monitoring Committee of the Statewide Drought Task Force and the State Hazard Mitigation Planning team.
Selover regularly teaches a meteorological instruments course at ASU. She also mentors K-12 teachers in a climate course carried out in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society.
- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Research Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Arizona State Climatologist, State Climate Office
- PhD, Geography, Arizona State University, 2005
- MA, Geography, Arizona State University, 1995
- BS, Geography, Arizona State University, 1993
- BA, Technical Theatre, University of California-Los Angeles, 1973
- urban climatology
- micro-climate field research
- climate change
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Climate Action
- Quality Education
Vanos, J. K., A. Middel, M. N. Poletti and N. J. Selover. Evaluating the impact of solar radiation on pediatric heat balance within enclosed, hot vehicles. Temperature DOI: 10.1080/23328940.2018.1468205. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, B. Hagen and N. Chhetri. 2016. Impact of shade on outdoor thermal comfort—a seasonal field study in Tempe, Arizona. International Journal of Biometeorology Open Access:1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1172-5. (link )
Svoma, B. M., D. S. Krahenbuhl, C. E. Bush, J. W. Malloy, J. R. White, M. A. Wagner, M. B. Pace, K. Debiasse, N. J. Selover, R. C. Balling and R. S. Cerveny. 2013. Expansion of the northern hemisphere subtropical high pressure belt: Trends and linkages to precipitation and drought. Physical Geography 34(3):174-187. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2013.820657. (link )
Zehnder, J. A., L. Zhang, D. Hansford, A. Razdan, N. J. Selover and C. M. Brown. 2006. Using digital cloud photogrammetry to characterize the onset and transition from shallow to deep convection over orography. Monthly Weather Review 134(9):2527-2546.
Brazel, A. J., H. J. Fernando, J. C. Hunt, N. J. Selover, B. C. Hedquist and E. Pardyjak. 2005. Evening transition observations in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Applied Meteorology 44(1):99-112. (link )
Baker, L. A., A. J. Brazel, N. J. Selover, C. A. Martin, N. E. McIntyre, F. R. Steiner, A. L. Nelson and L. R. Musacchio. 2002. Urbanization and warming of Phoenix (Arizona, USA): Impacts, feedbacks, and mitigation. Urban Ecosystems 6(3):183-203. (link )
Brazel, A. J., N. J. Selover, R. Vose and G. Heisler. 2000. The tale of two climates -- Baltimore and Phoenix urban LTER sites. Climate Research 15(2):123-135. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri and B. Hagen. 2015. Outdoor thermal comfort under photovoltaic canopy structures -- a field study at Arizona State University. Poster presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, January 4-8-, 2015, Phoenix, AZ. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri, B. Hagen, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Microclimate effects of photovoltaic canopies: Ongoing research projects. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdlae, AZ. (link )
Jones, T., A. J. Brazel, C. Eisinger, S. L. Harlan, B. C. Hedquist, S. E. Grineski, D. Jenerette, L. Larsen, M. A. Lord, J. Parker, L. Prashad, N. J. Selover, W. L. Stefanov and D. Zeigler. 2003. Neighborhood ecosystems: Human-vegetation-climate interactions in a desert metropolis. Poster presented February 19, 2003, CAP LTER Fifth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Brazel, A. J. and N. J. Selover. 2002. The evening transition in Phoenix. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Brazel, A. J., C. A. Martin, D. Hope, A. W. Ellis, G. Heisler, L. A. Baker, J. R. Anderson, N. J. Selover, L. B. Stabler, R. Tomalty and J. M. Blair. 2001. CAP LTER climate. Poster presented at the January 19, 2001, CAP LTER Third Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, B. Hagen and N. Chhetri. 2016. How to stay cool in the desert - the benefits of photovoltaic canopy shade. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers 2016 Annual Meeting, March 29-April 2, 2016, San Francisco, CA. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, B. Hagen and N. Chhetri. 2016. Impact of photovoltaic canopy shade on outdoor thermal comfort in a hot desert city. Presentation at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, April 17-22, 2016, Vienna, Austria. (link )
Selover, N. J., A. Middel, N. Chhetri, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2016. Can solar shade structures significantly reduce interior automoble temperatures?. Presentation at the American Meteorological Society 96th Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2016, New Orleans, LA. (link )
Galluppi, K., H. Putnam, N. Chhetri, N. J. Selover and A. Middel. 2015. Informing emergency and risk management with climate knowledge in arid urban areas. Presentation at the 10th Symposium on Societal Applications: Policy, Research and Pratice, American Meoteorological Society 95th Annual Meeting, January 4-8, 2015, Phoenix, AZ. (link )
Middel, A., N. J. Selover, N. Chhetri and B. Hagen. 2015. Outdoor thermal comfort under photovoltaic canopies. Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Urban Climate, 20-24 July 2015, Toulouse, France. (link )
Roach, M., N. Chhetri, W. Chuang, N. J. Selover, D. M. Hondula, A. Middel and A. Karner. 2015. Building resilience against climate effects in Arizona: Lessons learned implementing CDC's BRACE Framewwork. Presentation at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, January 4-8, 2015, Phoenix, AZ. (link )
Selover, N. J., A. Middel, N. Chhetri, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Impact of solar shade structures on automobile's interior temperatures. Presentation at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago, IL.
Selover, N. J. and S. McClintock. 2013. Communicating climate science to stakeholders in plain vanilla. Presentation at the AGU Chapman Conference on Communicating Climate Science, 8-13 June 2013, Granby, CO.
Selover, N. J., R. M. Aggarwal, S. Waters and H. Eakin. 2012. Case critical: Are droughts withering our resources?. Panel discussion moderated by Climate Change Science Manager, Nalini Chhetri, Thursday, September 6, 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Brazel, A. J. and N. J. Selover. 2006. Diurnal regimes of evaporation at Tempe Town Lake, Arizona. Poster presented September 2006 to the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Eugene, OR.
Selover, N. J. 2000. Local climate effects of a large urban lake on Tempe, AZ. Presented at 14-18 August 2000 Third Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society, University of California, Davis.
Selover, N. J. 2000. Spatial variation in climate across the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area at various times scales. Presented at 14-18 August 2000 Third Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society, University of California, Davis.
Brazel, A. J., J. R. Anderson and N. J. Selover. 1999. Microclimate and housing waves along the urban fringe. Presented at the Proceedings Biometeorology and Urban Climatology at the Turn of the Millennium, International Congress of Biometeorology and International Conference on Urban Climatology, 8-12 November, Sydney, Australia.
Holle, R. L., N. J. Selover, R. Cerveny and H. M. Mogil. 2015. The weather and climate of Arizona. Weatherwise: The Magazine about Weather. (Mar-Apr):12.
Chuang, W., A. Karner, N. J. Selover, D. M. Hondula, N. Chhetri, A. Middel, M. Roach and B. Dufour. 2015. Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report. A report prepared for Arizona Department of Health Services and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )
Selover, N. J., A. Middel, N. Chhetri, B. Mackowski and C. J. Sisodiya. 2015. Impact of Solar Parasol Shading on Automobile Temperatures. Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )