Urban environments and the gradients that surround them require capturing key physical processes at multiple spatial scales. For example, environmental flows down to the scale of individual buildings are required to capture the basic thermodynamics and atmospheric circulation within cities. These flow dynamics affect energy demand, extreme heat, extreme storms, air quality, and urban heat islands within a city.
The Integrated Urban Climate Research Group at the Illinois State Water Survey studies surface-atmosphere interactions that impact urban fluid dynamics and boundary layer flow at multiple spatial scales (regional to local). We also conduct collaborative and translational research that benefits society at the intersection of science, engineering, and social sciences. We contribute to developing technologically-engineered-ecological solutions to complex environmental challenges for sustainable and climate-resilient urban development.