Matei Georgescu

Associate Professor, Associate Director for Research-Based Graduate Programs
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Dr. Georgescu's research is focused on human-environment interactions. 

Specifically, his 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, his work 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.

Personal Website

Education

Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University
M.S., Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
B.S., Meteorology, Rutgers University

Research Interests

Modeling; climate change; land-atmosphere interactions; environmental impacts of bioenergy expansion; urbanization effects on weather and climate; modeling and simulation; scientific computing; land use change

Publications

Select recent manuscripts are listed below. Student co-authors: undergraduate students are preceded with "^"; graduate students are italicized; Postdoctoral Scholars are preceded with an asterisk “*”.

Biggs, T., A. Daccache, D. El Chami, J. Flynn, M. Georgescu, D. Haro, T. M. Hess, J. W. Knox, G. Jewitt, M. Ozdogan, M. Marshall, S. Ngcobo, D.J. Nixon, J. Sumberg, and P. Thenkabail, (2016), A sweet deal? Sugarcane, water and agricultural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Environmental Change, 39, 181-194, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.05.003.

Benson-Lira, V., M. Georgescu, S. Kaplan, and E. R. Vivoni (2016), Loss of a lake system in a megacity: The impact of urban expansion on seasonal meteorology in Mexico City, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD024102

Sailor, D. J., M. Georgescu, ^J. Milne, and M. Hart (2015), Development of a National Anthropogenic Heating Database with an Extrapolation for International Cities, Atmospheric Environment, 118, 7-18, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.07.016

Georgescu, M., W. Chow, Z. Wang, A. Brazel, B. Trapido-Lurie, M. Roth, V. Benson-Lira (2015), Prioritizing urban sustainability solutions: coordinated approaches must incorporate scale-dependent built environment induced effects, Environmental Research Letters, 10 061001, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/6/061001. [June Monthly Highlights Selection by ERL Editorial Board]

Georgescu, M. (2015), Challenges associated with adaptation to future urban expansion, Journal of Climate, 28(7), 2544-2563, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00290.1

Bagley, J. E., S. C. Davis, M. Georgescu, M. Z. Hussain, J. M., J. Miller, S. Nesbitt, A. VanLoocke, C. J. Bernacchi (2014), The biophysical link between climate, water, and vegetation in bioenergy agro-ecosystems, Biomass & Bioenergy, 71, 187-201, doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.10.007

Georgescu, M., P. Morefield, B. G. Bierwagen, and C. P. Weaver (2014), Urban adaptation can roll back warming of emerging megapolitan regions, Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (USA), 111(8), 2909-2914, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1322280111

Georgescu, M., D. B. Lobell, C. B. Field, and A. Mahalov (2013), Simulated Hydro-Climatic Impacts of Projected Brazilian Sugarcane Expansion, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/grl.50206. [Selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Science. Selected as “Editor’s Highlight” by Geophysical Research Letters]

Georgescu, M., M. Moustaoui, A. Mahalov, and J. Dudhia (2013), Summertime Climate Impacts of Projected Megapolitan Expansion in Arizona, Nature Climate Change, 3(1) 37-41, doi: 10.1038/nclimate1656

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 213 Climate and Weather
GPH 215 Climate and Weather Laboratory
GPH 692 Research
GPH 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 212 Introduction to Meteorology
GCU 590 Reading and Conference
GPH 690 Reading and Conference
GPH 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 213 Climate and Weather
GPH 590 Reading and Conference
GPH 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 212 Introduction to Meteorology
GPH 592 Research
GPH 792 Research
GPH 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 213 Introduction to Climatology
GPH 792 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GPH 212 Introduction to Meteorology
GPH 792 Research
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GPH 599 Thesis
GPH 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GPH 213 Introduction to Climatology
GPH 592 Research
GPH 599 Thesis
GPH 792 Research
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GPH 212 Introduction to Meteorology
GPH 598 Special Topics
GPH 792 Research
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
GPH 599 Thesis
GPH 792 Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GPH 213 Introduction to Climatology
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
GPH 212 Introduction to Meteorology
GPH 591 Seminar
Summer 2013
Course Number Course Title
GPH 792 Research

Honors/Awards

NASA Earth System Science Fellow: 2005-2008
Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University

Editorships

Editorial Board Member, Environmental Research Letters (IF: 4.13), January 2017 - Current

Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research  Atmospheres (IF: 3.426), April 2016 - Current

 

Service

Georgescu M. (2016), Addressing Sustainability Concerns, Friday, January 15, 2016, (Invited Talk at 18th Annual CAP LTER All-Scientists Meeting, Arizona State University, ASU Skysong, USA).

Georgescu M. (2015), The Urban Water Innovation Network (U-WIN): A Multi-Institutional Partnership, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Colloquium, Arizona State University, November 13, 2015 (Colloquium speaker jointly with Sharon Harlan).

Georgescu M. (2014), Environmental Impacts of Large Scale Urbanization, Sun City West AZ, October 3, 2014 (Invited Talk for the Engineers Club of the West Valley).

Georgescu M. (2013), Using climate models to examine urban expansion and adaption impacts, Mesa Community College, AZ, October 23, 2013 (Invited talk for the AZ Chapter of the American Meteorological Society).

Georgescu M. (2013), Challenges Associated with Sustainable Urban Development, Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals, Scottsdale, AZ, September 24, 2013 (Invited).