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David Sailor

Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Director
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Biography: 

David Sailor is Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Director of the Urban Climate Research Center (https://urbanclimate.asu.edu)—a center that leverages the diverse expertise of more than 36 faculty affiliates across 7 schools at ASU to develop and implement large-scale highly-interdisciplinary projects addressing crucial atmospheric environment challenges for cities.  Prior to joining ASU, Sailor was on the faculties of Tulane University (1993-2003) and Portland State University (2003-2015). He served as the Director of the South Central Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) at Tulane and was the founding Director of the Green Building Research Laboratory at Portland State. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, where he conducted research in collaboration with the Energy and Environment Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Professor Sailor's scholarly agenda focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. This includes investigation of feedback mechanisms between the built environment and climate with a focus on building energy consumption and renewable energy resources as well as both indoor and outdoor thermal comfort and air quality. He has worked extensively on quantifying the causes and prospects for mitigating the urban heat island effect, including investigation of innovative materials and technologies integrated into building designs and urban infrastructure. 

Sailor has also been quite active in several societies that focus on urban climate systems. This includes serving as chair of the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment (2008-2011) and as secretary of the board of the International Association for Urban Climate (2014-2018). 

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle
Research Interests: 

Urban climate, with a focus on interactions between our built infrastructure and the urban climate system, including applications in indoor and outdoor air quality management, building energy consumption, human health, and climate change. Investigation of causes, consequences, and potential for mitigation of urban heat islands is a key component.

Publications: 

Recent (2018-2020)           ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1720-8214            Scopus h-index=40. Dec. 2020

115.      Anand, J., D.J. Sailor, A. Baniassadi, 2020. “The relative role of solar reflectance and thermal emittance for passive daytime radiative cooling technologies applied to rooftops,” Sustainable Cities and Society, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102612.

114.      O’Lenick, C.R., A. Baniassadi, R. Michael, A. Monaghan, J. Boehnert, X. Yu, M.H. Hayden, C. Wiedinmyer, K. Zhang, P.J. Crank, J. Heusinger, P. Hoel, D.J. Sailor, and O.V. Wilhelmi, 2020. A case-crossover analysis of indoor heat exposure on mortality and hospitalizations among the elderly in Houston, Texas, Environmental Health Perspectives, https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP6340

113.      Galal, D.J. Sailor, O., H. Mahmoud, 2020. “The impact of urban form on outdoor thermal comfort in hot arid environments during daylight hours, Case Study: New Aswan,” Building and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107222

112.      Sailor, D.J., J. Anand, and L. Kalkstein, 2020. “Potential Overall Heat Exposure Reduction Associated with Implementation of Heat Mitigation Strategies in Los Angeles,” International Journal of Biometeorology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-020-01954-5

111.      Hoenhe, C.G., M.V. Chester, D.J. Sailor, D.A. King, 2020. “Urban heat implications from parking, roads, and cars: a case study of metro Phoenix,” Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2020.1773013.

110.      Kalkstein, L., F. Klink, K. Shickman, S. Schneider, M. Egolf, and D.J. Sailor, 2020. The potential impact of cool roof technologies upon heat wave meteorology and human health outcomes in Boston and Chicago,” In: S. Molleti and W. Rossiter, eds., Roofing Research and Standards Development: 9th Volume. (West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM International, 2020), https://doi.org/10.1520/STP1621-EB.

109.      Brown(ug), K.E., A. Baniassadi, J.V. Pham(ug), D.J. Sailor, and P.E. Phelan, 2020. “Effects of rooftop photovoltaics on building cooling demand and sensible heat flux into the environment for an installation on a white roof,”  ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, 1, 021001-2. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4046399

108.      Baniassadi, A., D.J. Sailor, C.R. O’Lenick, P.J. Crank, A.T. Reddy, M.M. Chester, and O.V. Wilhelmi, 2020. “Effectiveness of Mechanical Air Conditioning as a Protective Factor Against Indoor Exposure to Heat,” ASME J. of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, online 2019, 011005-10. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045678

107.      Heusinger, J., A.M. Broadbent, D.J. Sailor, and M. Georgescu, 2020. “Introduction, evaluation, and application of an energy balance model for photovoltaic modules, Solar Energy, 195, 382-395. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2019.11.041

106.      Galal, O., H. Mahmoud, D.J. Sailor, 2019. “Impact of Evolving Building Morphology on Microclimate in a Hot Arid Climate,” Sustainable Cities and Society, available online 24, Dec, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.102011.

105.      AlKhaled, S., D.J. Sailor, A. Brazel, C. Cheng, and P. Coseo, 2019. “Between Aspiration and Actuality: A Systematic Review of Morphological Heat Mitigation Strategies in Hot Urban Deserts,” Urban Climate, 31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100570

104.      Heusinger, J., and D.J. Sailor, 2019. Heat and cold roses of U.S. cities: a new tool for optimizing urban climate, Sustainable Cities and Society, 51,101777. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101777

103.      Pham(ug), J.V., A. Baniassadi, K.E. Brown(ug), J. Heusinger, and D.J. Sailor, 2019. Comparing photovoltaic and reflective shade surfaces in the urban environment: effects on surface sensible heat flux and pedestrian thermal comfort. Urban Climate, 29,100500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100500

102.      Baniassadi, A., D.J. Sailor, and G. Ban-Weiss, 2019. Potential energy and climate benefits of super-cool materials as a rooftop strategy, Urban Climate, 29 100495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100495

101.      Broadbent, A.M., E.S. Krayenhoff, M. Georgescu, and D.J. Sailor, 2019. The observed effects of utility-scale photovoltaics on near-surface air temperature and energy balance. J. Applied Meteorology and Climatology 58(5), 989-1006. https://doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-18-0271.1

100.      Baniassadi, A., D.J. Sailor, E.S. Krayenhoff, A.M. Broadbent, and M. Georgescu, 2019. Passive survivability of buildings under changing urban climates across eight US cities. Environmental Research Letters, 14 074028. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab28ba

99.       Baniassadi, A., D.J. Sailor, and H.J. Bryan, 2019. Effectiveness of phase change materials for improving the resiliency of residential buildings to extreme thermal conditions. Solar Energy, 188, 190-199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2019.06.011

98.       Li, Y., J. Zhang, D.J. Sailor, and G.A. Ban-Weiss, 2019. Effects of urbanization on regional meteorology and air quality in Southern California. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4439–4457. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4439-2019

97.       Sailor, D.J., A. Baniassadi, C.R. O’Lenick, O.V. Wilhelmi, 2019. The growing threat of heat disasters. Environmental Research Letters, available online. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab0bb9

96.      O’Lenick, C.R., O.V. Wilhelmi, R. Michael, M.H. Hayden, A. Baniassadi, C. Wiedinmyer, A.J. Monaghan P.J. Crank, and D.J. Sailor, 2019. Urban heat and air pollution: A framework for integrating population vulnerability and indoor exposure in health risk analyses. Science of the Total Environment, 660, 715-723. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.002

95.      Taleghani, M., P. Crank, A. Mohegh, D.J. Sailor, and G.A. Ban-Weiss, 2019. The impact of heat mitigation strategies on the energy balance of a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Solar Energy, 177, 604-611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2018.11.041

94.      Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, S. Pincetl, M. Betsill, M. Chester, F. Creutzig, K. Davis, R. Duren, G. Franco, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, C. Kennedy, R. Krueger, P. J. Marcotullio, D. Pataki, D. Sailor, and K. V. R. Schäfer, 2018: Chapter 4: Understanding urban carbon fluxes. In Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 189-228, https://doi.org/10.7930/SOCCR2.2018.Ch4

93.      Santamouris, M., G. Ban-Weiss, P. Osmond, R. Paolini, A. Synnefa, C. Cartalis, A. Muscio, M. Zinzi, T.E.. Morakinyo, E. Ng, Z. Tan, H. Takebayashi, D. Sailor, P. Crank, H. Taha, A.L. Pisello, F Rossi, J. Zhang, D. Kolokotsa, 2018. Progress in urban greenery mitigation science —Assessment methodologies advanced technologies and impact on cities. J. Civil Engineering and Management, 24(8), 638-671. https://doi.org/10.3846/jcem.2018.6604

92.      Crank, P.J., D.J. Sailor, G. Ban-Weiss, and M. Taleghani, 2018. Evaluating the ENVI-met microscale model for suitability in analysis of targeted urban heat mitigation strategies. Urban Climate, 26, 188-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2018.09.002

91.      Baniassadi, A., D.J. Sailor, P.J. Crank, and G.A. Ban-Weiss, 2018. Direct and indirect effects of high-albedo roofs on energy consumption and thermal comfort of residential buildings. Energy and Buildings, 178 (1) 71-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.08.048

90.      Alajmi, A., D.J. Sailor, and S. Rodriguez, 2018. Transforming a passive house into a net-zero energy house: a case study in the pacific northwest of the US.  Energy Conversion & Management, 172, 39-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2018.06.107

89.      Schultz, I., D.J. Sailor, and O. Starry, 2018. Effects of substrate depth and precipitation characteristics on stormwater retention by two green roofs in Portland, OR. J. Hydrology, Regional Studies, 18, 110-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2018.06.008

88.      Baniassadi, A., and D.J. Sailor, 2018. Energy efficiency vs resiliency to extreme heat and power outages: The role of evolving building energy codes. Building and Environment, 139, 96-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.05.024

87.      Baniassadi, A., Heusinger, J., and D.J. Sailor, 2018. Building energy savings potential of a hybrid roofing system involving high albedo, moisture retaining foam materials. Energy and Buildings, 169, 283-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.04.004

86.      Zhao, Q., E. Wentz, and D.J. Sailor, 2018. Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 32, 81-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.03.022

85.      Abbass, O., D.J. Sailor, and E. Gall, 2018. Ozone removal efficiency and surface analysis of green and white roof HVAC filters. Building and Environment, 136, 118-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.03.042

84.      Baniassadi, A., and D.J. Sailor, 2018. “Synergies and trade-offs between energy efficiency and resiliency to extreme heat - a case study. Building and Environment, 132, 263-272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.037

83.      Heusinger, J., D.J. Sailor, and S. Weber, 2018. Modeling the reduction of urban excess heat by green roofs with respect to different irrigation scenarios. Building and Environment, 131, 174-183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.01.003

 

Summer 2021
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CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Spring 2021
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GPH 493Honors Thesis
CEE 592Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
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GPH 314Global Change
GPH 563Urban Climates
GPH 690Reading and Conference
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 493Honors Thesis
CEE 592Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 314Global Change
GPH 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 493Honors Thesis
CEE 592Research
CEE 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 314Global Change
GPH 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
GPH 799Dissertation
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 592Research
GPH 692Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
GPH 792Research
CEE 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 592Research
GPH 792Research
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GPH 598Special Topics
CEE 792Research