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Assistant Professor

photo of Ariane Middel
324 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks St.


Urban Climate, Modeling and Simulation, Thermal Comfort , Microclimate, Local Climate, Urban Heat Island, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Urbanization Effects on Weather and Climate, Climate Change Impacts, Geovisualization, GIS


Dr. Middel received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and holds a BSc and MSc in Geodetic Engineering from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Her research interests are directed toward understanding the dynamics of urban climate to develop adaptation and heat mitigation strategies, specifically addressing the challenges of sustainable urban form, landscapes, and infrastructure in the face of climatic uncertainty in rapidly urbanizing regions. For the past five years, she has advanced the field of urban climatology through applied and solutions-oriented research employing local and microscale climate modeling and observations to investigate sustainability challenges related to urban heat islands, thermal comfort, water use and quality, energy use, and human-climate interactions in cities.

Dr. Middel currently serves a 4-year term (2016-2020) on the Board of the International Association of Urban Climate (IAUC), the premier international organization for researchers engaged in all aspects of urban climate scholarship.

Selected Publications

  • Middel, A., J. Lukasczyk and R. Maciejewski. 2017. Sky view factors from synthetic fisheye photos for thermal comfort routing — a case study in Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Planning 2(1):19-30. DOI: 10.17645/up.v2i1.855.
  • Kuras, E. R., M. B. Richardson, M. M. Calkins, K. L. Ebi, J. J. Hess, K. W. Kintziger, M. A. Jagger, A. Middel, A. A. Scott, J. T. Spector, C. K. Uejio, J. K. Vanos, B. F. Zaitchik, J. M. Gohlke and D. M. Hondula. 2017. Opportunities and challenges for personal health rish exposure research. Environmental Health Perspectives 125(8):085001. DOI: 10.1289/EHP556
  • Li, X., W. Li, A. Middel, S. L. Harlan, A. J. Brazel and B. L. Turner II. 2016. Remote sensing of the surface urban heat island and land architecture in Phoenix, Arizona: Combined effects of land composition and configuration and cadastral-demographic-economic factors. Remote Sensing of Environment 174(March):233-243. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2015.12.022.
  • Middel, A., N. J. Selover, B. Hagen and N. Chhetri. 2016. Impact of shade on outdoor thermal comfort—a seasonal field study in Tempe, Arizona. International Journal of Biometeorology Open Access:1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1172-5.
  • Vanos, J. K., A. Middel, G. R. McKercher, E. R. Kuras and B. L. Ruddell. 2016. Hot playgrounds and children’s health: A multiscale analysis of surface temperatures in Arizona, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 146(February):29-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.10.007.
  • Middel, A., N. Chhetri and R. Quay. 2015. Urban forestry and cool roofs: Assessment of heat mitigation strategies in Phoenix residential neighborhoods. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 14(1):178-186. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2014.09.010.
  • Middel, A., K. Häb, A. J. Brazel, C. A. Martin and S. Guhathakurta. 2014. Impact of urban form and design on mid-afternoon microclimate in Phoenix local climate zones. Landscape and Urban Planning 122:16-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2013.11.004.
  • Middel, A., A. J. Brazel, P. Gober, S. W. Myint, H. Chang and J. D. Duh. 2012. Land cover, climate, and the summer surface energy balance in Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR. International Journal of Climatology 32(13):2020-2032. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2408.
  • Middel, A., A. J. Brazel, S. Kaplan and S. W. Myint. 2012. Daytime cooling efficiency and diurnal energy balance in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Climate Research 54(1):21-34. DOI: 10.3354/cr01103.

Courses Taught

  • Fall 2015 – Urban Climate Seminar (Arizona State University)