Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Co-Director, Climate Systems Research, National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations
Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287
Dr. Zhihua Wang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) at Arizona State University, and the Co-Director for Climate System Research at National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations. His primary research interest is on the urban environment under the changing climate, including land-atmosphere interactions, turbulent transport, urban heat island effect and the long-term sustainability of cities. In particular, Dr. Wang's research focuses on both field measurement and numerical modeling to study the urban-rural difference and to assess the effect of urban development in terms of changes in urban climate and energy/water cycles. He is also widely involved in interdisciplinary research activities and collaborations with faculty members and international researchers from mechanical engineering, geophysical and geographical sciences, atmospheric science and applied mathematics.
Prior to his appointment in ASU, Dr. Wang worked as postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Wang worked as a research project officer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore). Dr. Wang is an active member of American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Physical Society (APS), American Geophysical Union (AGU) and International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC).
- atmospheric processes
- water resource management
- urban planning
- urban infrastructure
- energy efficiency technologies
- urban development
- modeling and simulation
- land use and land cover
- heat and mass transfer
- green roofs
- climate change and adaptation
- computational science
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
PhD, Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2011
MA, Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 2008
MEng, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2004
BEng, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 2002
Zhao, Q., J. Yang, Z. Wang and E. A. Wentz. 2018. Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science 2(1):Art 4. DOI: 10.3390/urbansci2010004. (link )
Song, J., Z. Wang and C. Wang. 2017. Biospheric and anthropogenic contributors to atmospheric CO2 variability in a residential neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122:3317-3329. DOI: :10.1002/ 2016JD026267. (link )
Yang, J. and Z. Wang. 2017. Planning for a sustainable desert city: The potential water buffering capacity of urban green infrastructure. Landscape and Urban Planning 167:339-347. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.014.
Wang, C., S. W. Myint, Z. Wang and J. Song. 2016. Spatio-temporal modeling of the urban heat island in the Phoenix metropolitan area: Land use change implications. Remote Sensing 8(3):185. DOI: 10.3390/rs8030185. (link )
Song, J. and Z. Wang. 2015. Interfacing the urban land-atmospheric system through coupled urban canopy and atmospheric models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 154(3):427-448. DOI: 10.1007/s10546-014-9980-9. (link )
Yang, J., Z. Wang, F. Chen, S. Miao, M. Tewari, J. A. Voogt and S. W. Myint. 2015. Enhancing hydrologic modelling in the coupled weather research and forecasting-urban modelling system. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 155(1):87-109. DOI: 10.1007/s10546-015-0020-1. (link )
Wang, Z. 2014. A new perspective of urban-rural differences: The impact of soil water advection. Urban Climate 10(2014):19-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2014.08.004. (link )
Wang, Z. 2014. Monte Carlo simulations of radiative heat exchange in a street canyon with trees. Solar Energy 110(2014):704-713. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2014.10.012 . (link )
Yang, J. and Z. Wang. 2014. Physical parameterization and sensitivity of urban hydrological models: Application to green roof systems. Building and Environment 79(2014):250-263. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.02.006. (link )
Yang, J. and Z. Wang. 2014. Land surface energy partitioning revisited: A novel approach based on single depth soil measurement. Geophysical Research Letters 41(23):8348-8358. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062041. (link )
Sun, T., E. Bou-Zeid, Z. Wang, E. Zerba and G. Ni. 2013. Hydrometerological determinants of green roof performance via a vertically-resolved model for heat and water transfer. Building and Environment 60:211-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2012.10.018. (link )
Lee, T., J. Y. Lee and Z. Wang. 2012. Scaling of the urban heat island intensity using time-dependent energy balance. Urban Climate 2:16-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2012.10.005. (link )
Wang, Z. H. and E. Bou-Zeid. 2012. A novel approach for the estimation of soil ground heat flux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 154-155:214-221.
Wang, Z. 2012. Reconstruction of soil thermal field from a single depth measurement. Journal of Hydrology 464-465:541-549. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.07.047.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2012. A coupled energy transport and hydrological model for urban canopies evaluated using a wireless sensor network. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society DOI: 10.1002/qj.2032. (link )
Wang, Z. and E. Bou-Zeid. 2011. Comment on "Impact of wave phase difference between soil surface heat flux and soil surface temperature on soil surface energy balance closure" by Z. Gao, R. Horton and H. P. Liu. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere 116:DO8110. DOI: 10.1029/2010JD015117.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid, S. K. Au and A. J. Smith. 2011. Analyzing the sensitivity of WRF's single-layer urban canopy model to parameter uncertainty using advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 50(9):1795-1814.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2011. A spatially-analytical scheme for surface temperatures and conductive heat fluxes in urban canopy models. Boundary-Layer Meteorology 138(2):171-193.
Wang, Z. 2010. Geometric effect of radiative heat exchange in concave structure with application to heating of steel I-sections in fire. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 53(5):997-1003.
Scherer, G. W., J. H. Prevost and Z. Wang. 2009. Bending of poroelastic beam with lateral diffusion. International Journal of Solids and Structure 46(18-19):3451-3462.
Wang, Z., J. H. Prevost and O. Coussy. 2009. Bending of fluid-saturated linear poroelqstic beans with compressible constitutents. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 33(4):425-447.
Wang, Z. 2008. Green's function approach for heat conduction: Application to steel memebers protected by intumescent paint. Numerical Heat Transfer Part B: Fundamentals 54(6):435-453.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2008. Radiative heat transfer for structural members exposed to fire: An analytical approach. Journal of Fire Sciences 26(2):133-152.
Au, S. K., Z. Wang and S. M. Lo. 2007. Compartment fire risk analysis by advanced Monte Carlo simulation. Engineering Structures 29(9):2381-2390.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2007. Temperature prediction for contour-insulated concrete-filled CHS subjected to fire using large time Green's function solutions. Journal of Constructional Steel Research 63(7):997-1007.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2007. Temperature prediction for multi-dimensional domains in standard fire. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering 23(11):1035-1055.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2007. Temperature prediction of concrete-filled rectangular hollow sections in fire using Green's function method. Journal of Engineering Mechanics - ASCE 133(688-700):.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2006. Green's function solution for transient heat conduction in concrete-filled steel CHS subjected to fire. Engineering Structures 28(11):1574-1585.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Tan. 2006. Sensitivity study of time delay coefficient of heat transfer formulations for insulated steel members exposed to fire. Fire Safety Journal 41(1):31-38.
Wang, Z. and K. H. Wang. 2006. Residual area method for heat transfer analysis of concrete-encased I-sections in fire. Engineering Structures 28(3):411-422.
Wang, Z., S. K. Au and K. H. Tan. 2005. Heat transfer analysis using Green's function approach to uniformly insulated steel members subjected to fire. Engineering Structures 27(10):1551-1562.
Templeton, N. P., E. R. Vivoni, Z. Wang and A. P. Schreiner-McGraw. 2017. Quantifying water and energy fluxes over different urban land covers in Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 13 January 2017, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Upreti, R., Z. Wang and J. Yang. 2017. Assessing Impact of Land Use Change on Urban Hydroclimate for three Metropolitan cities in Colorado River Basin. Poster presented at the Association for American Advancement of Science Annual Conference, February 16-20, 2017, Boston, MA. (link )
Upreti, R., Z. Wang and J. Yang. 2017. Assessing Impact of Land Use Change on Urban Hydroclimate for three Metropolitan cities in Colorado River Basin. Poster presented at the 2017 DCDC Poster Symposium, April 24, 2017, Tempe, AZ.
Wang, C., R. Upreti, Z. Wang and J. Yang. 2017. Impact of shade trees on urban hydroclimate for Phoenix and the continental United States. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 13 January 2017, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Upreti, R., Z. Wang and J. Yang. 2016. Assessing Impact of Landscape Characteristics on Urban Hydroclimate. Poster presented at the AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting, February 14, 2016, Washington, D.C.. (link )
Upreti, R., Z. Wang and J. Yang. 2016. Assessing impact of landscape characteristics on urban hydroclimate. Poster presented at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 15 January 2016, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Song, J., Z. Wang, E. R. Vivoni, G. Mascaro and B. L. Ruddell. 2015. Investigating the impacts of urbanization on regional hydrometeorology by coupling an urban canopy model into a distributed hydrological model. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Yang, J. and Z. Wang. 2015. Shift of paradigm in urban irrigation: Finding the optimal scheme for building energy efficiency. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Zhao, X., Z. Wang, J. Song and J. Yang. 2015. Comparing cooling effects of trees and lawns in Phoenix: Implications to building energy consumption. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Song, J., J. Yang and Z. Wang. 2014. Studying urban land-atmospheric interactions by coupling an urban canopy model with a single column atmospheric model. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Song, J., J. Yang and Z. Wang. 2013. Modeling CAP LTER flux tower measurements using an advanced urban canopy model. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Volo, T. J., E. R. Vivoni, C. A. Martin, Z. Wang and B. L. Ruddell. 2012. A comparison of one-dimensional soil moisture models under urban irrigation in a desert city. Presentation at the 2012 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
Wang, Z. 2012. A unifed theoretic framework for reconstructing soil thermal field from single depth measurements. Presentation at the June 2012 30th AMS Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Boston, MA.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2011. A coupled energy transport and hydrological model for urban canopies. Presentation at December 2011 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Franscisco, CA.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2011. A new urban surface exchange scheme: Coupling physically based energy transport with hydrological model. Presentation at the April 2011 European Geoscience Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2010. A sensor network to study turbulent fluxes in urban canopies. Presentation at the May 2010 Fluid Dynamics & the Global Environment, the 2nd SEAS-AOS-GFDL Workshop, Princeton, NJ.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2010. Application of a sensor network to study the energy budget in urban canopies. Presentation at the January 2010 90th Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid and J. A. Smith. 2010. Simple models and sensor networks to sutdy flow and energy transport to urban canopies. Presentation at the August 2010 Ninth Symposium on the Urban Environment, Keystone, CO.
Wang, Z., E. Bou-Zeid, J. A. Smith, S. K. Au, J. Miller and D. C. Schreiber. 2010. Towards improving energy budgets in urban canopy models. Presentation ath the December 2010 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.