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.
PhD, Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University, 2008
MS, Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 2003
BS, Meteorology, Rutgers University, 1999
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)
Hondula, D. M., M. Georgescu and R. C. Balling Jr. 2014. Challenges associated with projecting urbanization-induced heat-related mortality. Science of The Total Environment 490:538-544. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.130. (link)
Salamanca, F., M. Georgescu, A. Mahalov, M. Moustaoui, M. Wang and B. M. Svoma. 2013. Assessing summertime urban air conditioning consumption in a semiarid environment. Environmental Research Letters 8(3):034022. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034022. (link)
Georgescu, M., D. B. Lobell and C. B. Field. 2011. Direct climate effects of perennial bioenergy crops in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(11):4307-4312. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1008779108 . (link)
Georgescu, M., M. Moustaoui, A. Mahalov and J. Dudhia. 2011. An alternative explanation of the seim-arid urban area "oasis effect". Journal of Geophysical Research 116:D24113. DOI: 10.1029/2011JD016720. (link)
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)