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PSU Sustainability: "Feedback Mechanisms in the Urban Environment" research presentation by Dr. David Sailor
Friday, May 9, 2008 - 11:00am to Friday, May 9, 2008 - 12:30pm

Feedback Mechanisms in the Urban Environment: How do heat & air quality episodes and public advisories impact human behavior...and vice versa?  

Presenter: Dr. David Sailor, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Portland State University.

Date: Friday, May 9th
Time: 11:00 - 12:00pm with refreshments served afterwards
Place: Smith Center, Room 238

This presentation will start with a background into the causes, effects, and potential for mitigation of the urban heat island. It will then highlight results from an NSF-funded project that seeks to understand the feedback mechanisms in the urban environment. Specifically, this project explores the extent to which people modify their behavior in response to excessive heat, poor air quality, and public advisories... and the extent to which such behavior change can impact heat and air quality episodes through changes in emissions of pollutants and waste heat.

Dr. Sailor is an expert in urban climates and how they're affected by buildings, energy consumption, and human activity. His research is in the general area of Energy and the Environment. In recent years the focus of his work has been on modeling the urban climate, with applications in air quality, building energy consumption, human health, and climate change. Please see his website for details of ongoing projects.