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Rouzbeh Ross Nazari

Associate Professor, Director, Sustainable Smart Cities Research CenterThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hoehn Room 238A
(205) 934-9378

Research and Teaching Interests: Water Resources, Environment and Public Health, Resiliency Planning, Urban Water Reuse, Urban Monitoring and Resilience, Application of Satellite Remote Sensing and Drones, Urban and Environment; Landfill Monitoring and Management, Urban Heat Island and Human Health, Climate Change Impact on Water Resources and Human Health

Office Hours: Open door policy and by appointment


  • M.S., CUNY Graduate Center, Civil Engineering
  • M.E., CITY College of New York, Civil Engineering
  • Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Civil Engineering

Dr. Nazari is the Director of the Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCR) and Associate Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His primary research interests are the application of remote sensing in water resources and environment, flood modeling and resiliency planning, community vulnerability and public health, and impact assessment of extreme weather events on the built environment.

Dr. Nazari is the founder and creator of NJFloodAlert.com as well as Planetary Resilience technologies (a startup company based on his patented work), the first high-resolution asset-based resiliency decision-making system that is currently in use by state and local officials and as well as residents. He has worked on New York and New Jersey Resiliency planning has been a pioneer in the damage and resiliency assessment of coastal infrastructures and community vulnerability to natural disasters. Dr. Nazari’s research has been supported by NSF, USDA, FEMA, NJDCA, NJDEP, NY/NJ DOT, and American Water. Dr. Nazari has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, served on the editorial boards of several journals, and has presented his work in national and international conferences as well as multiple media outlets and TV interviews.


  • Select Publications
    • Md Golam Rabbani Fahad, Rouzbeh Nazari, Parth Bhavsar, Mohammad Jalayer, Maryam Karimi, A decision-support framework for emergency evacuation planning during extreme storm events Transportation Research Part D, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2019.09.024
    • Peter Dorofy, Rouzbeh Nazari, Peter Romanov, Application of Dynamic Threshold in a Lake Ice Detection Algorithm. American Journal of Remote Sensing. Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 64-73. doi: 10.11648/j.ajrs.20180602.12, 2018
    • MH Motamedi, A. Iranmanesh, R. Nazari, Quantitative Assessment of Resilience for Earthen Structures Using Coupled Plasticity-Damage Model, Journal of Engineering Structures, Volume 172, Pages 700-711, 2018
    • Ismaeil Kamali, Rouzbeh Nazari, Determination of maize water requirement using remote sensing data and SEBAL algorithm, Agricultural Water Management, Volume 209, Pages 197-205, 2018
    • Karimi, M. Nazari, R. Dutovo, D., Vant-Hull, B., Khanbilvardi, R., A Conceptual Framework for Environmental Risk and Social Vulnerability Assessment in Complex Urban Settings, Journal of Urban Climate, Elsevier, ISSN: 2212-0955, Journal of Urban Climate, Vol. 26, pp. 161-173, 2018
    • Fahad, Md. Golam, Nazari, Rouzbeh, Joseph Daraio, Dot Lundberg, Regional Study of Spatial and Temporal Temperature and Precipitation Patterns Using Bias Corrected RCP and High Resolution Scenarios, Journal of Earth Science and Climate Change, Journal Volume 8, Issue 9, Page 409, 2018
    • Fahad, Md. Golam, Islam, AKM Saiful, Nazari, Rouzbeh, M., Islam, G.M., Bala, Sujit, Regional changes of precipitation and temperature over Bangladesh using bias corrected multi-model ensemble projections considering high emission pathways, International Journal of Climatology, Volume38, Issue4 30, Pages 1634-1648, DOI: 10.1002/joc.5284, 2018
    • Hurler, C. Plucinsky, A. Sooy, K. Stenger, J. Nazari, R. Impact Assessment of Extreme Storm Events on Southern New Jersey Coastal Communities, Journal of Flood Engineering ISSN : 0976-6219, Vol. 7 No. 2 2017
    • Karimi, M. Nazari, R. Vant-Hull, B., Khanbilvardi, R., Predicting Surface Temperature Variation in Urban Settings Using Real-Time Weather Forecasts, Journal of Urban Climate, Vol. 20, pp. 192-201, Elsevier, ISSN: 2212-0955, DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2017.04.008. 2017
    • Dorofy, P. Nazari, R. Romanov, P. Key, J. Development of a Mid-Infrared Sea and Lake Ice Index (MISI) Using the GOES Imager, Journal of Remote Sensing, Remote Sens. 2016, 8(12), 1015, 2016
    • Karimi, M. Nazari, R. Vant-Hull, B., Khanbilvardi, R., Urban Heat Island Assessment with Temperature Maps Using High Resolution Datasets Measured at Street Level, The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.17-28, 2015
    • Kamali, I. Nazari, R. Faridhosseini, A. Ansari, H. Saeid Eslamian, S. The Determination of Reference Evapotranspiration for Spatial Distribution Mapping Using Geostatistics, Water Resources Management, ISSN: 0920-4741, Volume 29, 2015
    • Vant-Hull, B. Karimi, M. Sossa, A. Nazari, R. Khanbilvardi, R., “Fine Structure in Manhattan’s Daytime Urban Heat Island: a New Dataset”, J. Urban and Env. Eng. vol. 8, núm. 1, pp. 59-74, 2014
    • Dobler, G. Ghandehari, M. Koonin, S. Nazari, R. Patrinos, A. Sharma, M. Tafvizi, A. Vo, H. Wurtele, J. Dynamics of The Urban Lightscape, Journal of Information Systems, ELSEVIER, Volume 54, 115-126, 2015
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