Anthony Brazel is a geographer and climatologist who has written more than 180 professional articles and reports on climate, focusing primarily at the local and regional scale. He is an emeritus professor of geography at Arizona State University (ASU). While at ASU he has served as Laboratory of Climatology director from 1979-1988, Arizona's governor-appointed State Climatologist from 1979-1999, Geography Departmental chair from 1991-1997, and manager of the Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy through the Center for Environmental Studies from 2001 to 2003.
Brazel is a former member of the Board of Urban Environments of the American Meteorological Society and Scholarship Committee of the International Association on Urban Climate. He is a fellow of American Association of the Advancement of Science and the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, and past editor of the Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. He served as co-program chair for the Eighth Symposium on the Urban Environment, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 11-15 January 2009, Phoenix, Arizona. At ASU, he was an affiliate member of Sustainable Materials and Renewable Technologies Program (Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability - EPA), member of the Climate Science Team of the Decision Center for a Desert City (NSF), and recent past Co-PI of the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project (NSF).
Brazel has been recognized with the International Association of Urban Climate's Luke Howard Award, the American Meteorological Society's Helmut E. Landsberg Award, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of American Geographers' Climate Specialty Group, the Jeffrey Cook Prize in Desert Architecture from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and at ASU with Scholarly contributions awards from CAP-LTER.