Prof Jiachuan YANG 楊嘉川


PhD in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering
Assistant Professor
Research Area
Research Interests
Environmental water resources
Green building and sustainable development
Hydraulics/Fluid mechanics
Land-atmosphere interaction
Urban hydroclimate

PhD, Arizona State University

Open Positions

Postgraduate students (PhD/MPhil) positions are available. Motivated candidates are encouraged to send your CV and personal statement to

Selected Publications

Yang, J., Hu, L.*, & Wang, C.* (2019) Population dynamics modify urban residents’ exposure to extreme temperatures across the United States. Science advances5(12), eaay3452, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay3452

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, & Huang, H. P.* (2019) Intercomparison of the Surface Energy Partitioning in CMIP5 Simulations. Atmosphere10(10), 602, doi:10.3390/atmos10100602

Yang, J., & Bou-Zeid, E.* (2019) Designing sensor networks to resolve spatio-temporal urban temperature variations: fixed, mobile or hybrid?. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 106946,  doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab25f8

Wang, C.*, Wang, Z. H.*, & Yang, J. (2019) Urban water capacity: Irrigation for heat mitigation. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 78, 101397, doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2019.101397

Yang, J., & Bou-Zeid, E.* (2019) Scale dependence of the benefits and efficiency of urban heat island mitigation plans?. Landscape and Urban Planning, 185, 127-140, doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.02.004

Tewari, M.*, Yang, J., Kusaka, H.*, Salamanca, F.*, Watson, C.*, & Treinish, L.* (2019) Interaction of urban heat islands and heat waves under current and future climate and their mitigation using green and cool roofs over New York and Phoenix. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 034002,  doi:10.1016/j.solidyn.2018.11.004

Ren, X.*, Wu, J.*, Tang, Y.*, & Yang, J. (2019) Propagation and attenuation characteristics of the vibration in soft soil foundations induced by high-speed trains. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 117, 374-383, doi:10.1016/j.solidyn.2018.11.004

Fabiani, C.*, Pisello, A. L.*, Bou-Zeid, E.*, Yang, J., & Cotana, F.* (2019) Adaptive measures for mitigating urban heat islands: The potential of thermochromic materials to control roofing energy balance. Applied Energy247, 155-170, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.04.020

Omidvar, H.*, Song, J.*, Yang, J., Arwatz, G.*, Wang, Z. H.*, Hultmark, M.*, Kaloush, K.*, & Bou-Zeid, E.* (2018) Rapid modification of urban land surface temperature during rainfall. Water Resources Research, 54, 4245-4264, doi:10.1029/2017WR022241

Wang, C.*, Wang, Z. H.*, & Yang, J. (2018) Cooling effect of urban trees on the built environment of contiguous United States. Earth’s future, 6, 1066-1081, doi:10.1029/2018EF000891.

Yang, J., & Bou-Zeid, E.* (2018) Should cities embrace their heat islands as shields from extreme cold? Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57, 1309-1320, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0265.1

Wang, C.*, Myint, S. W.*, Fan, P.*, Stuhlmacher, M.*, & Yang, J. (2018) The impact of urban expansion on the regional environment in Myanmar: a case study of two capital cities. Landscape Ecology, 33, 765-782, doi:10.1007/s10980-018-0632-1

Wang, C.*, Wang, Z. H.*, Yang, J., & Li, Q.* (2018) A backward-lagrangian-stochastic footprint model for the urban environment. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 168, 59-80, doi:10.1007/s10546-018-0338-6

Zhao, Q.*, Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, & Wentz, E. A.* (2018) Assessing the cooling benefits of tree shade by an outdoor urban physical scale model at Tempe, AZ. Urban Science, 2, 4, doi:10.3390/urbansci2010004

Ma, S.*, Pitman, A.*, Yang, J., Carouge, C.*, Evans, J. P.*, Hart, M.*, & Green, D.* (2017) Evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation options on heat stress for Sydney, Australia. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57, 209-220, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-17-0061.1

Yang, J., & Wang, Z. H.* (2017) Planning for a sustainable desert city: The potential water buffering capacity of urban green infrastructure. Landscape & Urban Planning, 167, 339-347, doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.07.014

Upreti, R.*, Wang, Z. H.*, & Yang, J. (2017) Radiative shading effect of urban trees on cooling the regional built environment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 26, 18-24, doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2017.05.008

Wang, C.*, Yang, J., Myint, S. W.*, Wang, Z. H.*, & Tong, B.* (2016) Empirical modeling and spatio-temporal patterns of urban evapotranspiration for the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 53, 778-792, doi:10.1080/15481603

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, Li, Q.*, Vercauteren, N.*, Bou-Zeid, E.*, & Parlange, M. B.* (2016) A novel approach for unraveling the energy balance of water surfaces with a single depth temperature‏. Limnology & Oceanography, 62, 89-103, doi:10.1002/lno.10378

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, Kaloush, K. E.*, & Dylla, H.* (2016) Effect of pavement thermal properties on mitigating urban heat islands: A multi-scale modeling case study in Phoenix. Building & Environment, 108, 110-121, doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.08.021

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, Georgescu, M.*, Chen, F.*, & Tewari, M.* (2016) Assessing the impact of enhanced hydrological processes on urban hydrometeorology with application to two cities in contrasting climates. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17, 1031-1047, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0112.1

Wang, Z. H.*, Zhao, X.*, Yang, J., & Song, J.* (2016) Cooling and energy saving potentials of shade trees and urban lawns in a desert city. Applied Energy, 161, 437-444, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.10.047

Yang, J., & Wang, Z. H.* (2015) Optimizing urban irrigation schemes for the trade-off between energy and water consumption. Energy & Buildings, 107, 335-344, doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.08.045

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, & Kaloush, K. E.* (2015) Environmental impacts of reflective materials: Is high albedo a 'Silver Bullet' for mitigating urban heat island? Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 47, 830-843, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.03.092

Yang, J., Wang, Z. H.*, Chen, F.*, Miao, S.*, Tewari, M.*, Voogt, J. A.*, & Myint, S.* (2015) Enhancing hydrological modelling in the coupled Weather Research and Forecasting-Urban modelling system. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 155, 87-109, doi:10.1007/s10546-014-9991-6