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Dr Negin Nazarian

Scientia Fellow - Lecturer

As an urban climatologist, I’m interested in the ways in which the built environment interacts with the climate, and in return, how urban dwellers are affected by this interaction. In particular, I focus on urban (over)heating and ventilation, and I follow two main tracks in my research. The first is enabling ‘climate-conscious’ or ‘climate-smart’ cities – How can we have a human-centric urban design that is in harmony with the local climate? I aim to tackle this question using numerical modeling and IoT sensor technologies such as wearables. My second research focus is on multiscale urban climate modeling. My goal is to develop modeling techniques that impact not only the climate analyses in the scientific community but also enable architects, planners, and policymakers to incorporate comprehensive, accurate, yet efficient assessments of urban design.

I am also passionate about promoting and advocating for women in academia as well as contributing to the Urban Climate community. As such, I am a member of the Board on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological Society and represent the Faculty of Built Environment at the Women in Research Network (WiRN) committee.

Kensington
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 1441
Bio: 

Dr. Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment in the University of New South Wales, focusing on urban climate research. Negin’s research targets microscale analysis of urban heat, ventilation, and thermal comfort through various methodologies, ranging from the development of numerical tools to employing wearables and IoT-based sensors for achieving human-centric assessments. Before joining UNSW, Negin was a SMART Scholar at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and since 2015, she has been a voted member of the Board on the Urban Environment at the American Meteorological Society.

Awards: 
  • Representative of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, STARS For Leaders of The Next Generation, Singapore, 2017 & 2018.
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, 9th International Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC9), France, 2015.
  • Gordon Scholar, Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego, USA, 2014-2015. 
  • Science Policy Fellow, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (currently School of Global Policy & Strategy), University of California San Diego, USA, 2014-2015.
  • Outstanding Presentation Award, 11th Symposium of the Urban Environment at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Atlanta, USA, 2014.
  • Honorable Mention, poster presentation at the Research Expo, University of California San Diego, USA, 2014. 
  • Runner-up, poster competition at Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) symposium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2014.
Supervision Area: 
  • Urban Climate 
  • Microscale Climate Modeling 
  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort 
  • Climate-Smart Cities 
  • IoT-based Urban Climate Analysis 

Notes for Ph.D. applicants: While I do read prospective student's requests, it is not possible to answer all requests. Please read the following for suggestions on how to successfully apply for a Ph.D. Scholarship at UNSW. Please carefully review my webpage as well as previous publications to learn more about my research and whether they are a match to your background. My work centers on urban climate and the methods are 1) numerical climate modeling (such as Large Eddy Simulation) and 2) IoT environmental sensing. Primarily applications are urban heat mitigation, outdoor thermal comfort, and building energy use. 

In general, I am more likely to reply to a student who has taken the time to research my work, especially if they can provide a statement of interest to motivate their decision to work with me. Additionally, please include the following documents when contacting me for supervision request:

  • Brief research proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • English test result for international applicants

For outstanding students, UNSW offers financial support through scholarships. However, if you come with your own funding, it will simplify things a lot.

Publications:
Journal articles

Liu S; Nazarian N; Niu J; Hart MA; de Dear R, 2020, 'From thermal sensation to thermal affect: A multi-dimensional semantic space to assess outdoor thermal comfort', Building and Environment, vol. 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107112

Krayenhoff ES; Jiang T; Christen A; Martilli A; Oke TR; Bailey BN; Nazarian N; Voogt JA; Giometto MG; Stastny A; Crawford BR, 2020, 'A multi-layer urban canopy meteorological model with trees (BEP-Tree): Street tree impacts on pedestrian-level climate', Urban Climate, vol. 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100590

Nazarian N; Scott Krayenhoff E; Martilli A, 2020, 'A one-dimensional model of turbulent flow through "urban" canopies (MLUCM v2.0): Updates based on large-eddy simulation', Geoscientific Model Development, vol. 13, pp. 937 - 953, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/gmd-13-937-2020

Martilli A; Krayenhoff ES; Nazarian N, 2020, 'Is the Urban Heat Island intensity relevant for heat mitigation studies?', Urban Climate, vol. 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100541

Jayathissa P; Quintana M; Sood T; Nazarian N; Miller C, 2019, 'Is your clock-face cozie? A smartwatch methodology for the in-situ collection of occupant comfort data', Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 1343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1343/1/012145

Nazarian N; Dumas N; Kleissl J; Norford L, 2019, 'Effectiveness of cool walls on cooling load and urban temperature in a tropical climate', Energy and Buildings, vol. 187, pp. 144 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.01.022

Nazarian N; Norford L, 2019, 'Outdoor Thermal Comfort Autonomy: Performance Metrics for Climate-Conscious Design', Building and Environment, vol. 155, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.03.028

Nazarian N; Sin T; Norford L, 2018, 'Numerical modeling of outdoor thermal comfort in 3D', Urban Climate, vol. 26, pp. 212 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2018.09.001

Nazarian N; Martilli A; Norford L; Kleissl J, 2018, 'Impacts of Realistic Urban Heating. Part II: Air Quality and City Breathability', Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 168, pp. 321 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10546-018-0346-6

Nazarian N; Martilli A; Kleissl J, 2018, 'Impacts of Realistic Urban Heating, Part I: Spatial Variability of Mean Flow, Turbulent Exchange and Pollutant Dispersion', Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 166, pp. 367 - 393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10546-017-0311-9

Chew LW; Nazarian N; Norford L, 2017, 'Pedestrian-level urban wind flow enhancement with wind catchers', Atmosphere, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/atmos8090159

Aliabadi AA; Krayenhoff ES; Nazarian N; Chew LW; Armstrong PR; Afshari A; Norford LK, 2017, 'Effects of Roof-Edge Roughness on Air Temperature and Pollutant Concentration in Urban Canyons', Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 164, pp. 249 - 279, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10546-017-0246-1

Nazarian N; Fan J; Sin T; Norford L; Kleissl J, 2017, 'Predicting outdoor thermal comfort in urban environments: A 3D numerical model for standard effective temperature', Urban Climate, vol. 20, pp. 251 - 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2017.04.011

Nazarian N; Kleissl J, 2016, 'Realistic solar heating in urban areas: Air exchange and street-canyon ventilation', Building and Environment, vol. 95, pp. 75 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.08.021

Nazarian N; Kleissl J, 2015, 'CFD simulation of an idealized urban environment: Thermal effects of geometrical characteristics and surface materials', Urban Climate, vol. 12, pp. 141 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2015.03.002

Martilli A; Roth M; Chow WTL; Demuzere M; Lipson M; Krayenhoff ES; Sailor D; Nazarian N; Voogt J; Wouters H; Middel A; Stewart ID; Bechtel B; Christen A; Hart MA, 'Summer average urban-rural surface temperature differences do not indicate the need for urban heat reduction', , http://dx.doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/8gnbf

Moradi M; Dyer B; Nazem A; Nambiar MK; Nahian MR; Bueno B; Mackey C; Vasanthakumar S; Nazarian N; Krayenhoff ES; Norford LK; Aliabadi AA, 'The Vertical City Weather Generator (VCWG v1.0.0)', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2019-176

Conference Papers

Liu S; De Dear R; Niu J; Hart M; Nazarian N, 2020, 'From Thermal Sensation to Thermal Affect: A Multi-Dimensional Semantic Space to Assess Outdoor Thermal Comfort', Boston, MA USA, presented at 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA USA, 13 January 2020

Nazarian N; Blunn L; Coceal O; Plant RS; Barlow JF; Lean HW; Bohnenstengel YI, 2020, 'Neighbourhood-scale Urban Dispersion Modelling Using a Canopy Approach', Boston, MA USA, presented at 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA USA, 13 January 2020, http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~sws00rsp/research/pollution/ncas19.pdf

Moradi M; Dyer B; Nazem A; Nambiar MK; Nahian MR; Bueno B; Mackey C; Vasanthakumar S; Nazarian N; Krayenhoff ES; Norford LK; Aliabadi AA, 2020, 'The Vertical City Weather Generator (VCWG 1.0)', Boston, MA USA, presented at 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA USA, 13 January 2020, https://ams.confex.com/ams/2020Annual/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/369405

Nazarian N; Martilli A; Krayenhoff S, 2020, 'Developing an Urban Canopy Model for Neighborhood Scale Thermal Exposure Assessment', Boston, MA USA, presented at 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA USA, 13 January 2020, https://ams.confex.com/ams/2020Annual/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/370494

Levinson R; Ban-Weiss G; Berdah P; Chen S; Destaillats H; Dumas N; Gilbert H; Goudey H; Houzé de l’Aulnoit S; Kleissl J; Kurtz B; Li Y; Long Y; Mohegh A; Nazarian N; Pizzicotti M; Rosado P; Russell M; Slack J; Tang X; Zhang J; Zhang W, 2019, 'Solar-Reflective “Cool” Walls: Benefits, Technologies, and Implementation', India, presented at 5th International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (IC2UHI), India, 02 December 2019, http://ic2uhi2019.heatislandcountermeasures.org/uploads/abstracts.pdf

Nazarian N, 2019, 'Project CoolBit: Personal Thermal Comfort Assessments using Wearable Devices', in 14th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology 2019, presented at Human Physiology and Urban Living

Nazarian N; Miller C; Norford L; Manon K; Chow W; Lee JKW; Alhadad SB; Quintana M; Sunden L; Martilli A, 2019, 'Project CoolBit Updates: Personal Thermal Comfort Assessments using Wearable Devices.', Vienna, Austria, presented at European Geophysical Research Union, Vienna, Austria, 08 April 2019, https://web.b.ebscohost.com/abstract?direct=true&profile=ehost&scope=site&authtype=crawler&jrnl=10297006&AN=140479977&h=X9Mk9Jihy9VPKyeBzj2%2bznOb8GrOY2bOBy%2bu10NTPE2LSbIvYe3troN2uCrWHMmxLyMs06Rh1z7dOgxbFrLPIw%3d%3d&crl=c&resultNs=AdminWebAuth&resultLocal=ErrCrlNotAuth&crlhashurl=login.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26profile%3dehost%26scope%3dsite%26authtype%3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d10297006%26AN%3d140479977

Nazarian N; Krayenhoff S; Martilli A, 2018, '1-D Model of Turbulent Flow through Urban Environments Informed By Large-Eddy Simulations', in 1-D Model of Turbulent Flow through Urban Environments Informed By Large-Eddy Simulations, 10th International Conference on Urban Climate, New York, USA, presented at 10th International Conference on Urban Climate, New York, USA, 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018, https://ams.confex.com/ams/ICUC10/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/342661

Nazarian N; Norford L, 2018, 'Outdoor Thermal Comfort Autonomy: Performance Metrics for Climate-Conscious Urban Design', in Outdoor Thermal Comfort Autonomy: Performance Metrics for Climate-Conscious Urban Design, EMS Annual Meeting: European Conference for Applied Meteorology and Climatology 2018, Budapest, Hungary, presented at EMS Annual Meeting: European Conference for Applied Meteorology and Climatology 2018, Budapest, Hungary, 03 September 2018 - 07 September 2018, https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMS2018/EMS2018-367.pdf

Nazarian N; Miller C; Martilli A; Norford L, 2018, 'Crowdsourcing Microclimate, Personal Thermal Comfort and Heat Stress, and Physiological Responses using Wearable Devices', in Crowdsourcing Microclimate, Personal Thermal Comfort and Heat Stress, and Physiological Responses using Wearable Devices, 10th International Conference on Urban Climate, New York USA, presented at 10th International Conference on Urban Climate, New York USA, 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018, https://ams.confex.com/ams/ICUC10/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/342665

Nazarian N; krayenhoff S; Martilli A, 2017, 'A One-Dimensional Model of Turbulent Flow Through ‘Urban' Canopies: Updates Based on Large-Eddy Simulation', in A One-Dimensional Model of Turbulent Flow Through ‘Urban' Canopies: Updates Based on Large-Eddy Simulation, 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment/97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, presented at 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment/97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 23 January 2017 - 27 January 2017, https://ams.confex.com/ams/97Annual/webprogram/Paper312898.html

Nazarian N; Dumas N; Norford L; Kleissl J, 2017, 'Effectiveness of Cool Walls on Urban Energy and Thermal Comfort: From Semi-Arid to Tropical Climate', in Effectiveness of Cool Walls on Urban Energy and Thermal Comfort: From Semi-Arid to Tropical Climate, 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment / 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, presented at 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment / 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 23 January 2017 - 27 January 2017, https://ams.confex.com/ams/97Annual/webprogram/Paper312921.html

Sin T; Nazarian N; Kleissl J; Norford L, 2017, 'Detailed Evaluation of Thermal Comfort in Urban Environments: A 3D numerical model for Standard Effective Temperature', in Detailed Evaluation of Thermal Comfort in Urban Environments: A 3D numerical model for Standard Effective Temperature, 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment/ 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, presented at 13th Symposium of the Urban Environment/ 97th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 23 January 2017 - 27 January 2017, https://ams.confex.com/ams/97Annual/webprogram/Paper312902.html

Nazarian N; Sin T; Kleissl J; Martilli A; Norford L, 2017, 'IMPACTS OF REALISTIC SURFACE HEATING ON OUTDOOR THERMAL COMFORT', in https://docplayer.net/54729106-Ficup-first-international-conference-on-urban-physics.html, First International Conference on Urban Physics, Quito, Ecuador, presented at First International Conference on Urban Physics, Quito, Ecuador, 26 September 2016 - 28 September 2016, https://puceeduec-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ficup2016_puce_edu_ec/Documents/FICUP%202016.pdf?slrid=f213939e-9065-6000-4c42-2a107f6bca1a

Nazarian N; Martilli A; Kleissl J, 2015, 'Urban Canopy Air Quality and Breathability', in ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate jointly with 12th Symposium on the Urban Environment, ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate jointly with 12th Symposium on the Urban Environment, Toulouse, France, presented at ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate jointly with 12th Symposium on the Urban Environment, Toulouse, France, 20 July 2015 - 24 July 2015, http://www.meteo.fr/icuc9/LongAbstracts/ucp12-2-1521119_a.pdf

Nazarian N; Kleissl J, 2014, 'Effects of Non-Uniform Wall Heating on Thermal and Momentum Fields in a 3-Dimensional Urban Environment', in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, San Francisco, USA, pp. B13I-0316 - B13I-0316, presented at American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2014, San Francisco, USA, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014AGUFM.B13I0316N

Gunathilak G; Prasannakumar A; Nazarian N; Naeimi H, 2013, 'A generalized event driven framework for building occupancy', in Simulation Series, pp. 195 - 198

Conference Abstracts

Nazarian N; Kleissl J, 2011, 'CFD simulation of Urban Environment to study building energy and Urban Heat Island (UHI) implications', in APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting Abstracts, SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, pp. G5.008 - G5.008, presented at APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (Fall) 2012, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012APS..DFD.G5008N

Reports

Levinson R; Ban-Weiss G; Berdahl P; Chen S; Destaillats H; Dumas N; Gilbert H; Goudey H; Houzé de l’Aulnoit S; Kleissl J; Kurtz B; Li Y; Long Y; Mohegh A; Nazarian N; Pizzicotti M; Rosado P; Russell M; Slack J; Tang X; Zhang J; Zhang W, 2019, Solar-Reflective “Cool” Walls: Benefits, Technologies, and Implementation, Contract Number: EPC-14-010, https://escholarship.org/content/qt5w9995b4/qt5w9995b4.pdf

Software / Code

Nazarian N; Martilli A; Krayenhoff ES, 2019, Multi-Layer Urban Canopy Model V2.0 (MLUCM V2.0), Published: 30 September 2019, Software / Code, http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3464711

Theses / Dissertations

Nazarian N, 2015, Implications of Three-Dimensional Urban Heating on Fluid Flow and Dispersion, University of California San Diego, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego, https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2zt417cz#author