Faculty Candidate Seminar - Jennifer Vanos

03/07/2016 - 12:00pm

DATE:     March 7th & 8th

LOCATION:  Seminar on 3/7 at 12pm in Hubbs Hall 4500 (SIO)
& Chalk Talk on 3/8 at 2:30pm in Medical Training Facility 274  (SOM)
SPEAKER: Jennifer Vanos, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University

TITLES:   Climate Adaptation in the City: Heat Mitigation and Health (Seminar)
& Investigating the impacts of landscape design on human thermal comfort and health (Chalk Talk)
Climate Adaptation in the City: Heat Mitigation and Health
Heat mitigation for health is a topic of increasing concern as the world’s cities grow and as the climate warms due to global and urban heat island warming processes. Differential exposures to multiple related hazards, such as air pollution, extreme heat, and global radiation, play critical roles in determining health impacts to vulnerable populations in urban areas. Observations are needed that provide data at the scale of human experience and influence. Microclimate variations within cities can significantly affect the thermal comfort, health, and well-being of humans, and provide critical information for urban adaptation measures to mitigate urban heating and related exposures both now and in the future. This presentation will focus on methods and applications of urban microclimate observations to understand human-scales of exposure to extreme heat, radiation, and air pollution. An overview will be provided on urban climate research, presenting examples of fieldwork and modeling from the city-scale to micro- and touch-scales––the most relevant scales influencing humans. Results will be presented that quantify the solar radiation effects on urban heating and human heat stress, specifically evaluating the role of meteorological instrumentation in providing accurate observations with respect to a given application.
Investigating the impacts of landscape design on human thermal comfort and health
A microclimate is the condition of solar and terrestrial radiation, wind, air temperature, and precipitation in a small outdoor space. Understanding a microclimate can provide the tools for creating thermally comfortable spaces and mitigating over exposures to certain elements of the weather, such as solar radiation in hot, dry climates. Thermal comfort is a subjective condition of the mind in which a person has no preference to be warmer or colder. This Chalk Talk will explore how employing principals of landscape design is important in achieving thermal comfort and energy conservation in buildings through radiation and wind modification. Specific elements of human energy budget modeling, and what we can and cannot control in the environment and in models, will be presented and connected to human health and well-being. Examples will be provided that explore research and applications for thermal comfort design strategies in given climate zones (e.g., vegetation and shade, water use) that are applicable to urban heat island mitigation. 
Faculty Hosts:    Sasha Gershunov (agershunov@ucsd.edu) & Wael Al-Delaimy (waldelaimy@ucsd.edu)
For more information on this event, contact: 
Leslie Costi
Event Calendar: 
Hubbs Hall 4500