• Dr. Nazari is the Director of the Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCR) and Associate Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His primary research interests are the application of remote sensing in water resources and environment, flood modeling and resiliency planning, community vulnerability and public health, and impact assessment of extreme weather events on the built environment.
    Dr. Nazari is the founder and creator of NJFloodAlert.com as well as Planetary Resilience technologies (a startup company based on his patented work), the first high-resolution asset-based resiliency decision-making system that is currently in use by state and local officials and as well as residents. He has worked on New York and New Jersey Resiliency planning has been a pioneer in the damage and resiliency assessment of coastal infrastructures and community vulnerability to natural disasters. Dr. Nazari’s research has been supported by NSF, USDA, FEMA, NJDCA, NJDEP, NY/NJ DOT, and American Water. Dr. Nazari has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, served on the editorial boards of several journals, and has presented his work in national and international conferences as well as multiple media outlets and TV interviews.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Modeling heat island exposure and vulnerability utilizing earth observations and social drivers: A case study for Alabama, USABuilding and Environment.  226. 2022
    2022 Developing a Geospatial Framework for Severe Occupational Injuries Using Moran's i and Getis-Ord Gi ∗ Statistics for Southeastern United StatesNatural Hazards Review.  23. 2022
    2022 A Decision-Making Framework Integrating Fluid and Solid Systems to Assess Resilience of Coastal Communities Experiencing Extreme Storm EventsReliability Engineering and System Safety.  221. 2022
    2022 Hydrodynamic Study of the Impact of Extreme Flooding Events on Wastewater Treatment Plants Considering Total Water LevelNatural Hazards Review.  23. 2022
    2021 Developing a geospatial framework for coupled large scale thermal comfort and air quality indices using high resolution gridded meteorological and station based observationsSustainable Cities and Society.  74. 2021
    2021 Understanding occupational heat exposure in the United States and proposing a quantifying stress indexInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.  94:1983-2000. 2021
    2021 The impact of stay-at-home orders on air-quality and COVID-19 mortality rate in the United StatesUrban Climate.  39. 2021
    2021 Development of a conceptual framework for risk assessment of elevated internal temperatures in landfillsScience of the Total Environment.  782. 2021
    2021 Comprehensive flood risk assessment for wastewater treatment plants under extreme storm events: A case study for New York city, United StatesApplied Sciences.  11. 2021
    2021 Effects of Different Urban-Vegetation Morphology on the Canopy-level Thermal Comfort and the Cooling Benefits of Shade Trees: Case-study in PhiladelphiaSustainable Cities and Society.  66. 2021
    2020 Quantifying environmental and social vulnerability: Role of urban Heat Island and air quality, a case study of Camden, NJUrban Climate.  34. 2020
    2020 Application of satellite remote sensing in monitoring elevated internal temperatures of landfillsApplied Sciences.  10. 2020
    2020 Investigating effects of landfill soil gases on landfill elevated subsurface temperatureApplied Sciences.  10. 2020
    2020 Developing vulnerability index to quantify urban heat islands effects coupled with air pollution: A case study of Camden, NJISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information.  9. 2020
    2020 Corrigendum to “A decision-support framework for emergency evacuation planning during extreme storm events”. (Transportation Research Part D (2019) 77 (589–605), (S1361920919303165), (10.1016/j.trd.2019.09.024))Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.  79. 2020
    2020 Coupled Hydrodynamic and Geospatial Model for Assessing Resiliency of Coastal Structures under Extreme Storm ScenariosWater Resources Management.  34:1123-1138. 2020
    2018 A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Environmental Risk and Social Vulnerability in Complex Urban SettingUrban Climate.  26:161-173. 2018
    2018 Determination of maize water requirement using remote sensing data and SEBAL algorithmAgricultural Water Management.  209:197-205. 2018
    2018 Regional changes of precipitation and temperature over Bangladesh using bias-corrected multi-model ensemble projections considering high-emission pathwaysInternational Journal of Climatology.  38:1634-1648. 2018
    2017 Predicting surface temperature variation in urban settings using real-time weather forecastsUrban Climate.  20:192-201. 2017
    2016 Development of a Mid-Infrared Sea and Lake Ice Index (MISI) Using the GOES ImagerRemote Sensing.  8:1015. 2016
    2015 The Determination of Reference Evapotranspiration for Spatial Distribution Mapping Using GeostatisticsWater Resources Management.  29:3929-3940. 2015
    2015 Urban Heat Island Assessment with Temperature Maps Using High Resolution Datasets Measured at Street Level 2015
    2014 Fine Structure in Manhattan’s Daytime Urban Heat Island: a New DatasetJournal of Urban and Environmental Engineering.  59-74. 2014


    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Extreme Heat, Public Health Emergencies: Case Studies, Competencies, and Essential Services of Public Health 2021

    Research Overview

  • Application of remote sensing in water resources, and environment
    Coastal resiliency and Hydrodynamic modeling
    Stormwater management
    Impact assessment of extreme weather events on the built environment
    Waste Management
    Environmental Impact on Human Health
  • Teaching Activities

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, City University of New York System : City College 2010
  • Full Name

  • Rouzbeh Nazari