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Subhrajit Guhathakurta

Subhrajit Guhathakurta

Director, Center for Geographic Information Systems

subhro.guha@coa.gatech.edu

404-385-0900

School of City and Regional Planning
Georgia Tech
245 Fourth St, NW, Ste 204
Atlanta, GA 30332-0155
USA

Titles

  • Professor, City and Regional Planning,  College of Architecture, Georgia Tech
  • Director, Center for Geographic Information Systems

Biography

Subhro Guhathakurta joined GeorgiaTech in 2011 as the Director of the Center for Geographic Information Systems and Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning. He was previously Associate Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University (ASU) and among the founding faculty members of ASU's School of Sustainability. Professor Guhathakurta was instrumental in developing the Urban Modeling and Simulation Lab in ASU's College of Design. He also serves as the lead member of several research centers at ASU including the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, Decision Center for a Desert City, and the project on Sustainable Urban Systems, Technologies, and Infrastructure (SUSTaIn). He is an author of 5 books and monographs and over 70 scientific papers. His article on the interface between urban modeling and planning theory was awarded the Chester Rapkin Award for the best paper (1999) in Journal of Planning Education and Research. His editorial contributions include books such as "Integrated Urban and Environmental Models: A Survey of Current Applications and Research" (Springer-Verlag, 2003) and "Visualizing Sustainable Planning" (Springer 2009). He has held visiting appointments at the Center for Urban Spatial Analysis at University College London, the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and at the Center for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. More recently, he held the German National Science Foundation (DFG) Mercator Guestprofessorship at Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Education

  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California - Berkeley, 1991
  • MCRP, Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University - Ames, 1987
  • BArch, Architecture, Jadavpur University, 1985

Expertise

External Links

Journal Articles

2014

Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and S. Guhathakurta. 2014. Impact of urban form and design on mid-afternoon microclimate in Phoenix local climate zones. Landscape and Urban Planning 122:16-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.11.004. (link )

2013

Zhang, P., S. Guhathakurta, G. Dai, W. Wu and L. Yan. 2013. The control of land-use patterns for stormwater management at multiple spatial scales. Environmental Management 51(3):555-570. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2013.805627. (link )

2012

Aggarwal, R. M., S. Guhathakurta, S. Grossman-Clarke and V. Lathey. 2012. How do variations in urban heat islands in space and time influence household water use? The case of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Research 48:W06518. DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010924. (link )

Engel, D., S. Petsch, H. Hagen and S. Guhathakurta. 2012. Neighborhood relation diagrams for local comparison of carbon footprints in urban planning. Information Visualization 11(2):124-135. DOI: 10.1177/1473871611433714. (link )

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta and P. L. Williams. 2012. Functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling properties for the life cycle energy of residences. Environmental Science and Technology 46(3):1782-1788. (link )

Golub, A., S. Guhathakurta and B. Sollapuram. 2012. Spatial and temporal capitalization effects of light rail in Phoenix: From conception, planning, and construction to operation. Journal of Planning Education and Research 32(4):415-429. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X12455523. (link )

2011

Guhathakurta, S. and H. Hagen. 2011. Special issure: planning support toolkits for building sustainable communitites. Journal of Urban Technology 18(4):1-3.

Petsch, S., S. Guhathakurta, L. Heischbourg, K. Muller and H. Hagen. 2011. Modeling, monitoring, and visualizing carbon footprints at the urban neighborhood scale. Journal of Urban Technology 18(4):81-96. (link )

2010

Guhathakurta, S. and P. Gober. 2010. Residential land use, the urban heat island, and water use in Phoenix: A path analysis. Journal of Planning Education and Research 30(1):40-51. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X10374187. (link )

Myint, S. W., J. Jain and S. Guhathakurta. 2010. Patterns and rates of land use land cover change: A case study of Ambos Nogales (Arizona and Sonora), 1985-2004. Journal of Latin American Geography 9(3):245-274. (link )

2009

Lathey, V., S. Guhathakurta and R. M. Aggarwal. 2009. The impact of subregional variations in urban sprawl on the prevalence of obesity and related morbidity. Journal of Planning Education and Research 29(2):127-141. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X09348615. (link )

Mushkatel, A., S. Guhathakurta, J. D. Thompson and M. Franczak. 2009. Housing choice, outcomes, and neighborhood characteristics in seriously mentally ill/ homeless housing programs: Analysis of a Phoenix survey of SMI / homeless population. International Journal of Public Administration 33:481-519.

2007

Dantico, M., S. Guhathakurta and A. Mushkatel. 2007. Housing quality and neighborhood redevelopment: A study of neighborhood initiatives in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Public Administration, Symposium on Social Equity and Public Policy 30(1):23-45.

Guhathakurta, S. and P. Gober. 2007. The impact of the Phoenix urban heat island on residential water use. Journal of the American Planning Association 73(3):317-329.

Guhathakurta, S. and R. Stimpson. 2007. What is driving the growth of new 'Sun-Belt' metropolises? Quality of life and urban regimes in Greater Phoenix and Brisbane-South East Queensland Region. International Planning Studies 12(2):129-152.

Li, K., P. Zhang, J. C. Crittenden, S. Guhathakurta, Y. Chen, H. J. Fernando, A. Sawhey, P. H. McCartney, N. B. Grimm, R. Kahhat, H. Joshi, G. Konjevod, Y. J. Choi, E. Fonseca, B. R. Allenby, D. Gerrity and P. M. Torrens. 2007. Development of a framework for quantifying the environmental impacts of urban development and construction practices. Environmental Science and Technology 41(14):5130-5136. DOI: 10.1021/es062481d. (link )

2006

Bush, J., S. Guhathakurta, J. Dworkin and J. Keane. 2006. Examination of Phoenix regional water supply for sustainable yield and carrying capacity. Natural Resources Journal 46(4):925-958.

Books

2009

Steinebach, G., S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen. 2009. Visualizing Sustainable Planning. Springer.

Book Chapters

2015

Guhathakurta, S. 2015. Examining urban sustainability through urban models. Pp. Chapter 14 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN: 9781465266712.

2013

McAslan, D., M. Prakash, . D. Pijawka, S. Guhathakurta and E. Sadalla. 2013. Measuring quality of life in border cities: The Border Observatory Project in the US-Mexico Border Region. Pp. 143-169 In: Sirgy, M. J., R. Phillips and D. Rahtz eds., Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VI. Springer.

2012

Guhathakurta, S. 2012. Examining sustainability through urban models. Pp. 225-242 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Pijawka, K., S. Guhathakurta, E. Sadalla, K. Collins, M. Prakash and D. McAslan. 2012. Urban indicators for border areas: Measuring and tracking community conditions in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region Urban indicators for border areas: Measuring and tracking community conditions in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. In: Cook, E. and J. Lara eds., Remaking Metropolis: Global Challenges of the Urban Landscape. Routledge and Keegan Paul.

2011

Guhathakurta, S. and Y. Cao. 2011. Variations in objective quality of urban life across a city region: The case of Phoenix. Pp. 135-160 In: Marans, R. W. and R. Stimson eds., Investigating Quality of Urban Life: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Research, Social Science Indicators Research Series 45. SpringerLink.

2009

Guhathakurta, S. 2009. Visualizing planning for a sustainable world. Pp. 37-49 In: Steinebach, G., S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen eds., Visualizing Sustainable Planning. Springer.

Guhathakurta, S., Y. Kobayashi, M. Patel, J. Holston, T. Lant, J. Crittenden, K. Li, G. Konjevod and K. Date. 2009. Digital Phoenix project: A multidimensional journey through time. Pp. 159-184 In: Steinebach, G., S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen eds., Visualizing Sustainable Planning. Springer.

Middel, A., S. Guhathakurta, H. Hagen, P. Olech and F. Hopel. 2009. Visualizing future 3-dimensional neighbourhoods in Phoenix: An application incorporating empirical methods with computational graphics. Pp. 87-102 In: Batty, M. and H. Lin eds., Virtual Geographic Environments. Science Press.

2005

Sadalla, E. K., S. Guhathakurta and S. E. Ledlow. 2005. Quality of life. In: Sadalla, E. K. ed., Integrated Assessment of Human-Environmental Systems in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy. San Diego, CA.

Sadalla, E. K., S. E. Ledlow and S. Guhathakurta. 2005. Dynamical systems models as pedagogical devices: Using the B+ 20 model in classroom settings. In: Sadalla, E. K. ed., Integrated Assessment of Human-Environmental Systems in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy. San Diego, CA.

Posters

2013

Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and S. Guhathakurta. 2013. Impact of urban form and design on mid-afternoon microclimate in Phoenix neighborhoods. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2012

Middel, A., K. Häb, J. P. Erickson, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and S. Guhathakurta. 2012. Impact of microclimate on residential energy consumption in different Phoenix Arizona neighborhood types. Poster presented on October 4, 2012 at the PhD Design, Environment, and the Arts Student Research Poster Exhibit and Reception, Tempe, AZ, 2012.

2011

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta, P. L. Williams and A. Middel. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences: Functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling. Poster presented on May 4, 2011 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta, P. L. Williams and A. Middel. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences; functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling. Poster presented February 20, 2011 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (link )

Frijia, S., E. Williams, S. Guhathakurta and A. Middel. 2011. Scaling behavior of the life cycle energy of residential buildings and impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. 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 )

2009

Aggarwal, R. M., S. Guhathakurta, S. Grossman-Clarke and V. Lathey. 2009. How do variation in heat islands in space and time influence household water use? A longitudinal study of single family residences in Phoenix. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at 11th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, January 15, 2009, Global Institute of Sustainability. (link )

Petsch, S., L. Heischbourg, K. Muller, N. Kamel, S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen. 2009. Indicators of urban sprawl - a three-dimensional visualization. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Urban Planning and Environment, March 23- 26, 2009.

2007

Guhathakurta, S., P. Gober and J. Patterson. 2007. The impact of urban heat islands on water use: The case of Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )

Guhathakurta, S., J. Holsten, Y. Kobayashi, T. Lant, M. Patel, J. Crittenden, T. Morton, G. Konjevod, P. Torrens, K. Li, D. Stanzione, K. Date, P. Nayeri, L. Shillington, R. Pahle, R. Baker, S. Eikenberry and C. Grasso. 2007. Digital Phoenix: A multidimensional journey through time. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link )

Guhathakurta, S., J. Patterson and P. Gober. 2007. The impact of housing characteristics and surface heat islands on water use in single family residences: The case of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Poster presented at the February 17, 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA. (link )

2006

Guhathakurta, S. 2006. Impact of urban heat island on residential water use. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Presentations

2015

Guhathakurta, S. and A. Middel. 2015. Energy and urban form explored through dynamic networked intrastructure model. Presentation at the ACSP 55th Annual Conference, October 22–25, 2015, Houston, TX.

Guhathakurta, S. and E. Williams. 2015. The impact of urban form on energy use in central city and suburban neighborhoods: Lessons from the Phoenix metropolitan region. Presentation at the 7th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2015), March 28-31, 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2014

Guhathakurta, S., E. Williams and W. Zhang. 2014. The impact of neighborhood urban form on household energy use: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, November 6-8, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan.

Guhathakurta, S., E. Williams and W. Zhang. 2014. Urban form and energy use in new and old residential areas in the Phoenix Metropolitan Region. Presentation at the 11th Symposium of International Urban Planning and Environment Association – IUPEA, September 16-19, 2014, La Plata, Argentina.

2012

Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and S. Guhathakurta. 2012. Urban form, landscape design, and microclimate in Phoenix, Arizona. Paper presented August 10, 2012 at the 8th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC8), August 6-10, 2012, Dublin, Ireland.

2011

Frijia, S. and S. Guhathakurta. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences; functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling. Invited presentation March 1, 2011 at the Environmental Engineering Seminar, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Williams, P. L., S. Frijia and S. Guhathakurta. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences: scope, scaling and dynamics. Presented June 10, 2011 at the 6th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, Berkeley, CA.

2010

Guhathakurta, S. 2010. Alternative energy in Arizona. Invited presentation on March 5, 2010 to the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce forum on Economics: Sustainability and Your Bottom Line, Phoenix, AZ.

Guhathakurta, S. 2010. Confronting an uncertain future: Planning in the era of climate change and other global crises. Invited presentation on October 26, 2010 sponsored jointly by the Department of Sociology and the School of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

2009

Guhathakurta, S. 2009. Confronting an uncertain future: Planning as if climate change matters. Keynote Address at the March 23, 2009 Urban Planning and Environment Conference, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Guhathakurta, S. 2009. Modeling, monitoring and visualizing sustainability indicators. Invited presentation at the July 7, 2009 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa.

Guhathakurta, S. 2009. Residential land use, the urban heat island, and water use in Phoenix: A path analysis. Presentation / Paper at the November 21, 2009 North American Regional Science Council Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

Petsch, S., L. Heischbourg, K. Muller, S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen. 2009. Modeling, monitoring, and visualizing carbon footprints at the urban neighborhood scale. Presented at the 8th International Conference on Urban Planning and Environment, March 23-26, 2009.

Petsch, S., L. Heischbourg, K. Muller, S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen. 2009. Monitoring und visualisierung von carbon footprints im urbanen raum. Presented at REAL CORP, April 22-25.

Petsch, S., L. Heischbourg, K. Muller, S. Guhathakurta and H. Hagen. 2009. Visualizing indicators of suburbanization by using surfaces and flexible structures. Presented at CUPUM 2009, June 16-18.

2007

Guhathakurta, S. and P. Gober. 2007. The impact of housing characteristics and surface heat islands on water use in single family residences: The case of Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Paper presented November 9, 2007 at the 54th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Savannah, GA.

2006

Guhathakurta, S. 2006. The impact of urban heat island on water use: The case of Phoenix metropolitan area. Presented at March 6, 2006 City of Phoenix Urban Heat Island Task Force, Phoenix, AZ.

2005

Guhathakurta, S. 2005. Simulating and visualizing Phoenix urban futures with URBANISM modeling environment. Presented at December 2, 2005 Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research site, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

Guhathakurta, S., S. Gaver, P. Gober, S. Grossman-Clarke and J. A. Zehnder. 2005. The impact of urban heat islands on water use: The case of Phoenix metropolitan area. Presented at the November 11, 2005 North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Las Vegas, NV.

Zehnder, J. A., S. Grossman-Clarke and S. Guhathakurta. 2005. Implications of urban growth patterns for heat island effects and water use: A case study of Metropolitan Phoenix. Presented at August 5, 2005 Arizona Water Summit, Flagstaff, AZ.