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


PhD, Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University, 2008

MS, Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 2003

BS, 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)


Hondula, D. M., R. C. Balling, J. K. Vanos and M. Georgescu. 2015. Rising temperatures, human health, and the role of adaptation. Current Climate Change Reports DOI: 10.1007/s40641-015-0016-4. (link)

Shaffer, S. R., W. T. Chow, M. Georgescu, P. Hyde, G. D. Jenerette, A. Mahalov, M. Moustaoui and B. L. Ruddell. 2015. Multiscale modeling and evaluation of urban surface energy balance in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54:322-338. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0051.1. (link)

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Li, J., M. Georgescu, P. G. Hyde, A. Mahalov and M. Moustaoui. 2015. Phoenix ozone variation due to urbanization and regional transport. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (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)


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)