David Sailor

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

David Sailor joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 2016 as Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He also serves as Director of the Urban Climate Research Center (https://urbanclimate.asu.edu)—a center that leverages the diverse expertise of more than 30 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. His current research projects are exploring potential for mitigating indoor and outdoor thermal environment and air quality with an emphasis on vulnerable elderly populations.

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

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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 (2014-2018):

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alajmi, A., D.J. Sailor, and S. Rodriguez, 2018. Evolving a passive house to a zero energy house: case study in the pacific northwest of the US,” Energy Conversion & Management, 172, 39-49.

Schultz, I., D.J. Sailor, and O. Starry, 2018. “Effects of Substrate Depth and Precipitation Statistics on Green Roof Storm Water Retention,”, J. Hydrology, Regional Studies, 18, 110-118.

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.

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.

Zhao, Q., Wentz, E., and D. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hondula, D.M., Balling, R.C., Andrade, R., Krayenhoff, E.S., Middel, A., Urban, A., Georgescu, M., and D.J. Sailor, 2017. Biometeorology for Cities, International Journal of Biometeorology, 51, 59-69.

Abbass, O.A., D.J. Sailor, and E.T. Gall, 2017. “Effectiveness of Indoor Plants for Passive Removal of Indoor Ozone,” Building and Environment, 119, 62-70. Best Paper Award 2017; Editor’s Choice list 2018.

Abbass, O.A., D.J. Sailor, E.T. Gall, 2017. “Effect of Fiber Material on Ozone Removal and Aldehyde Production from Indoor Carpets”, Atmospheric Environment, 148, 42-48.

Sailor, D.J., Shepherd, M., Sheridan, S., Stone, B., Kalkstein, L., Russell, A., Vargo, J., and Andersen, T., 2016. Improving Heat-Related Health Outcomes in an Urban Environment with Science-based Policy, Sustainability, 8 (10), 1-13, doi:10.3390/su8101015.

Ogaili, H. and D.J. Sailor, 2016.  “Measuring the Effect of Vegetated Roofs on the Performance of Photovoltaic Panels in a Combined System,” Solar Energy Engineering, 138, 1-8.

Makido, Y., V. Shandas, F. Ferwati, and D.J. Sailor, 2016. “Daytime Variation of Urban Heat Islands: The case study of Doha, Qatar”, Climate, 4, (32); doi:10.3390/cli4020032 www.mdpi.com/journal/climate

Park, C., G. Schade, N.D. Werner, D.J. Sailor, and Cheol-hee Kim, 2016. “Comparative estimates of anthropogenic heat emission in relation to surface energy balance of a subtropical urban neighborhood,” Atmospheric Environment, 126, 2016, 182–191.

Day, N.U., C. Reinhart, S. DeBow, M.K. Smith, D.J. Sailor, E. Johansson, and C.C. Wamser, 2016. “Thermal Effects of Microinverter Placement on the Performance of Silicon Photovoltaics”, Solar Energy, 125, 444-452.

Taleghani, M., Sailor, D.J., and Ban-Weiss, G., 2016. Micrometeorological simulations to predict the impacts of heat mitigation strategies on pedestrian thermal comfort in a Los Angeles neighborhood, Environmental Research Letters, 11 (2). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/024003

Botham-Myint, D., G.W. Recktenwald, and D.J. Sailor, 2015. “Thermal footprint effect of rooftop urban cooling strategies,” Urban Climate, DOI 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.07.005.

Sailor, D.J., M. Georgescu, J. Milne, and M. Hart, 2015. Development of a national anthropogenic heating database with an extrapolation for international cities”, Atmospheric Environment, 118, 7-18.

Taleghani, M., M. Tenpierik, A. van den Dobbelsteen, and D.J. Sailor, 2014. “Heat mitigation strategies in winter and summer: Field measurements in temperate climates,” Building and Environment, 81, 309-319.

Lee, S-H., McKeen, S.A., and D.J. Sailor, 2014. “A regression approach for estimation of anthropogenic heat flux based on a bottom-up air pollutant emission database,” Atmospheric Environment, 95, 629-633.

Sailor. D.J. and B. Bass, 2014. “Green Roof Energy Calculator”, Journal of Living Architecture 3, 1-24.

Sailor, D.J., 2014. “Risks of Summertime Extreme Thermal Conditions in Buildings as a Result of Climate Change and Exacerbation of Urban Heat Islands,” Building and Environment, 78, 81-88.

Sage-Lauck, J. and D.J. Sailor, 2014. “Evaluation of Phase Change Materials for Improving Thermal Comfort in a Super-Insulated Residential Building,” Energy and Buildings, 79, 32-40.

Taleghani, M., Tenpierik, M., van den Dobbelsteen, A., Sailor, D.J., 2014. “Heat in courtyards: A validated and calibrated parametric study of heat mitigation strategies for urban courtyards in the Netherlands,” Solar Energy, 103, 108-124.

Taleghani, M., D.J. Sailor, M. Tenpierik, and A. van den Dobbelsteen, 2014. Thermal Assessment of Heat Mitigation Strategies: the case of Portland State University, Oregon, USA, Building and Environment, 73, 138-150.

Smith, M.K., H. Selbak, C. C. Wamser, N. U. Day, M. Krieske, D.J. Sailor, and T. N. Rosenstiel, 2014. Water Cooling Method to Improve the Performance of Photovoltaic Modules, J. Solar Energy Engineering, 136 (3), doi:10.1115/1. 4026466.

Belarbi, R., S-E Ouldboukhitine, R. Djedjig, and D.J. Sailor, 2014. “Experimental and numerical investigation of urban street canyons to evaluate the impact of green roof inside and outside buildings,” Applied Energy, 114, 273-282.

Courses

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