James Voogt

Department Chair

James Voogt

Contact Information

Office: Room 2401, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85018
E-mail: javoogt@uwo.ca

Research Areas

Urban climatology

Research Interests

My academic training is in physical geography and boundary layer climatology and meteorology. My current research combines surface and boundary layer meteorology and climatology with remote sensing and GIS. It focuses on the importance of the surface.

  • Thermal remote sensing of urban areas and the use of remote sensors to estimate the surface temperature including the observation and modeling of anisotropic thermal emissions by rough surfaces.
  • Application of thermal remote sensing to the study of surface climates.
  • Modeling urban surface temperatures.
  • Urban micro- and meso-climatology with an emphasis upon processes occurring within the urban canopy layer (below building roof-top level) and the interaction between the urban built form and the climate of urban areas.
  • Parameterizations of urban effects for applied climatology related to building design and urban planning.
  • Methods of climate measurements in urban areas, especially traverse methodologies for gathering climate data, radioactive source areas, and the variability of measurements with scale.


GEO 1300 – Introduction to the Physical Environment

GEO 2310 – Weather and Climate

GEO 3311 – Micrometeorology

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Masters Students

  • D. Kessie (Current) T.B.D.
  • S. Shaigec (Current) Investigation of influencing factors in urban-climate systems with LiDAR-based remote sensing
  • A. Stastny (Current) Understanding the impact vegetation has on surface temperatures within residential neighbourhoods.
  • S. Claessens (2020) The role of Urban Thermal Anistropy in Urban Heal Islands
  • R. Hiilland (2018) The Effect of Sub-Facet Scale Geometry on Vertical Facet Temperatures in Urban Street Canyons.
  • T. Wiechers (2018) Microclimate Variability of Select Toronto Neighbourhoods Under Hot Summertime Conditions.
  • M. Allen (2017) Urban surface climatology.
  • D. Kuruklaarachi (2017) Green roof energy balance assessment.
  • D. Dyce (2014) A sensor view model to investigate the influence of tree crowns on effective urban thermal anisotropy.
  • E. Nanni (2010) Source area variations in urban snow cover and its impact on the radiation budget.
  • K. Porter (2009) Multiscale Assessment of Urban Emissivity.
  • M. Moscicki (2007) A comparison of modelled and measured urban surface temperatures in Toulouse, France.
  • E. Krayenhoff (2005) 5 Micro-scale 3-D urban energy balance model for studying surface temperatures.
  • M. Charron (2001) Microclimate and white pine seedlings around brush piles.


Refereed Journals

Stewart, I. D., E. S. Krayenhoff, J. A. Voogt, J. Lachapelle, M. Allen & A. Broadbent. (2021). Time evolution of the surface urban heat island. Earth’s Future, 9(10), 32021EF002178 https://doi.org/10.1029/2021EF002178.

Clemens, K. K., A. Ouédraogo, L. Li, J. A. Voogt, J. Gilliland, E. S. Krayenhoff, S. & Leroyer, S. Z. (2021). Shariff Extreme heat and mortality in urban Southwestern Ontario: does the use of spatialized weather data impact temperature-mortality relationships? Scientific Reports, 11, 8153.

Krayenhoff, E. S., A. M. Broadbent, L. Zhao, M. Georgescu, A. Middel, J. A. Voogt, A. Martilli, D. Sailor & E. Erell. (2021). Cooling hot cities: A systematic and critical review of the numerical modelling literature. Environmental Research Letters, 16 053007 https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abdcf1.

Wang, Dandan, Yunhao Chen, Leiqiu Hu, James A. Voogt, Jean-Philippe Gastellu-Etchegorry & E. Scott Krayenhoff. (2021). Modeling the angular effect of MODIS LST in urban areas: a case study of Toulouse. Remote Sensing of Environment, 257, 112361 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2021.112361.

Lai, J. W. Zhan, J. Voogt, J. Quan, F. Huang, J Zhou, B. Bechtel, L. Hu, K. Wang, C. & Cao, X. Lee. (2020). Meteorological controls on daily variations of nighttime surface urban heat islands. Remote Sensing of Environment, 253, 112198, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.112198.

Huang, F., W. Zhan, Z-H. Wang, J. Voogt, L. Hu, J. Quan, C. Liu, N. Zhang & J. Lai. (2020). Satellite identification of atmospheric-surface-subsurface urban heat islands under clear skies: A case study of Beijing. Remote Sensing of Environment, 250, 112039 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.112039.

Masson, V. A. Lemonsu, J. Hidalgo & J. Voogt. (2020). Urban Climatology. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 45:411-444. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012320-083623.

Grimmond, C.S.B., V. Bouchet, L. Molina, A. Baklanov, J. Tan, K.H. Schluenzen, G. Mills, B. Golding, V. Masson, C. Ren, J. Voogt, S. Miao, H. Lean, B. Heusinkveld, A. Hovespyan, G. Terrugi, P. Parrish & P. Joe. (2020). Integrated urban hydrometeorological, climate and environmental services: Concept, methodology and key messages. Urban Climate, 33, September 2020, 100623 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100623.

Baklanov, A., B. Cardenas, T. Lee, S. Leroyer, V. Masson, L. Molina, T. Müller, C. Ren, F. R. Vogel & J. Voogt. (2020). Integrated urban services: experience from four cities on different continents. Urban Climate, 32, 100610. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100610.

Hilland, R. J. V. & J. A. Voogt. (2020). The effect of subfacet scale surface structure on wall brightness temperatures at multiple scales. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 140, 767-785 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03094-7.

Krayenhoff, E. S., T. Jiang, A. Christen, A. Martilli, B. N. Bailey, N. Nazarian, J. A. Voogt, M. Giometto, A. Stastny & B. R. Crawford. (2020). A multi-layer urban canopy meteorological model with trees (BEP-Tree): Street tree impacts on pedestrian-level climate. Urban Climate, 32, 100590. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100590.

Wang, D., Y. Chen, J. A. Voogt, E.S. Krayenhoff, J. Wang & L. Wang. (2020). An advanced geometric model to simulate thermal anisotropy time series for simplified urban neighbourhoods (GUTA-T). Remote Sensing of Environment, 237, February 2020, 111547 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2019.111547.

Bechtel, B., M. Demuzere, G. Mills, W. Zhan, P. Sismanidis, C. Small & J. A. Voogt. (2019). SUHI analysis using Local Climate Zones - a comparison of 50 cities. Urban Climate, 28, June 2019, 100451 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2019.01.005.

Tran, S., J. T. Lundholm, M. Staniec, C. E. Robinson, C. C. Smart, J. A. Voogt & D. M. O'Carroll. (2018). Plant survival and growth on extensive green roofs: A distributed experiment in three climate regions. Ecological Engineering. Available Online Oct 9, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.09.027.

Lai, J., W. Zhan, F. Huang, J. Voogt, B. Bechtel, M. Allen, S. Peng, F. Hong, Y. Lui & P. Du. (2018). Identification of typical diurnal patterns for clear-sky climatology of surface urban heat islands. Remote Sensing of Environment, 217, 203-220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2018.08.021.

Jiang, L., W. Zhan, J. Voogt, L. Zhao, L. Gao, F. Huang, Z. & Cai, W. Ju. (2018). Remote estimation of complete urban surface temperature using only directional radiometric temperatures. Building and Environment, 135, 224-236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.03.005.

Lee, I., J. A. Voogt & T.J. Gillespie. (2018). Analysis and comparison of shading strategies to increase human thermal comfort in urban areas. Atmosphere, 9(3), 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9030091.

Allen, M., J. A. Voogt & A. Christen. (2018). Time-continuous hemispherical urban surface temperatures. Remote Sensing, special issue on Remote Sensing for 3D Urban Morphology, 10, 3.

Jiang, L., W. Zhan, J. Voogt, L. Zhao, L. Gao, F. Huang & W. Ju. (2018). Remote estimation of complete urban surface temperature using only directional radiometric temperatures. Building and Environment, 135: 224-236.

Joe, P. and 46 others including J. Voogt & T. Wiechers. (2018). The Environment Canada Pan and ParaPan American Science Showcase Project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99: 921-953.

Dyce, D.R. & J. A. Voogt. (2018). The influence of tree crowns on urban thermal effective anisotropy. Urban Climate, 23: 91-113.

Barlow, J., M. Best, S.I. Bohnenstengel, & 45 others including J. A. Voogt. (2017). Developing a research strategy to better understand, observe and simulate urban atmospheric processes at kilometer to subkilometer scales. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98: ES261-ES264.

Masson, V., A. Lemonsu & J. Voogt. (2017). The 9th International Conference on Urban Climate. Urban Climate. Available online 29 July 2017 (DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2017.07.007).

Yang, J., M. S. Wong, M. Menenti, J. Nichol, J. Voogt, E. Scott Krayenhoff & P. W. Chan. (2016). Development of an improved urban emissivity model based on sky view factor for retrieving effective emissivity and surface temperature over urban areas.  ISPRS J. of Photogram. Rem. Sens., 122: 30-40.

Huang F., W. Zhan, J. Voogt, L. Hu, Z. Wang, W. Ju & J. Quan. (2016). Temporal upscaling of surface urban heat island by incorporating an annual temperature cycle model: A tale of two cities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 186: 1-12.

Hu L., A. Monaghan, J. A. Voogt & M. Barlage. (2016). A first satellite-based observational assessment of urban thermal anisotropy. Remote Sensing of Environment, 181: 111-121.

Sims, A. W., C. E. Robinson, C.C. Smart, J. A. Voogt, G. J. Hay, J.T. Lundholm, B. Powers & D.M. O’Carroll. (2016). Retention performance of green roofs in three different climate regions. Journal of Hydrology, 542: 115-124.

Srivastava, A. K., J. Voogt, S. R. Kshirsagar & K. Srivastava. (2016). Heat islands over Mumbai as revealed by autorecorded thermograph data. J. Earth Syst. Sci. 125(1): 85–93.

Krayenhoff, E. S. & J. A. Voogt. (2016). Daytime thermal anisotropy of urban neighbourhoods: Morphological causation.  Remote Sensing, 8(2): 108.

Chapters in Books

Voogt, J. A. (2017). Urban Climate.  In: Richardson, D., N. Castree, M.F. Goodchild, A.L. Kobayashi, W. Liu, R. Marston. The International Encyclopedia of Geography, John Wiley & Sons and American Association of Geographers, 1-14 (Invited).