Dr. Pouya Vahmani is an expert in urban climate modeling and climate change impacts in urban areas. His research uses a range of numerical models including regional climate models, land surface models, urban canopy models, and hydrological models informed by rich remotely sensed and ground-based observations to further the scientific understanding of the critical elements in achieving sustainable development including urban micro-climate and hydrology, regional to local scale climate processes, extreme weather, and climate adaptation and mitigation.
Dr. Vahmani joined the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division (CESD) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, Berkeley Lab) in 2016. His recent research themes include the water conservation benefits of heat mitigation, future of exposure to extreme heat in California, and regional climate projections of adaptation and mitigation planning. Before Berkeley Lab, he was a research associate at the University of Southern California (USC), where he focused on the interactions between regional climate and urban heat mitigation and water conservation strategies as well as utility of satellite-based information in the regional climate modeling frameworks.
Before joining USC, Dr. Vahmani was a NASA fellow and a graduate student in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he got his PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources (major) and Atmospheric Sciences (minor). Dr. Vahmani has also been a visiting scholar in University of California Irvine (UCI) and Colorado School of Mines.