Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

James Voogt

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office: Room 2401, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85018
Fax: 519 661-1233
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

Personal Website

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Quan, J., Y. Chen, W. Zhan, J. Wang, J. Voogt, J. Li. 2014: A hybrid method combining neighborhood information from satellite data with modeled diurnal temperature cycles over consecutive days. Remote Sensing of Environment, 155, 257-274

Quan, J., Y. Chen, W. Zhan, J. Wang, J. Voogt, M. Wang 2014: Multi-temporal trajectory of the urban heat island centroid in Beijing, china based on a Gaussian volume. Remote Sensing of Environment, 149, 33-46

Zhan, W., J. Zhou, W. Ju, M. Li, I. Sandholt, J.Voogt, C. Yu 2014: Remotely sensed soil temperatures beneath snow-free skin-surface using thermal observations from tandem polar-orbiting satellites: An analytical three-time-scale model. Remote Sensing of Environment, 143, 1-14

 Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Zhou,  J., Wang, J. Liu, W., Voogt, J.A., Zhu, X., Quan, J., Li, J. 2013: 'Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature: Literature survey, taxonomy, issues, and caveats.' Remote Sensing of Environment 131: 119-139

Zhan, W., Y. Chen, J. Voogt, J. Zhou, J. Wang, W. Liu, W. Mad 2012: Interpolating diurnal surface temperatures of an urban facet using sporadic thermal observations. Building and Environment 57, 239-252

Chen, F., R. Bornstein, S. Grimmond, J. Li, X. Liang, A. Martilli, S. Miao, Voogt, J.A., and Y. Wang 2012: Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93(11), 1725-1728

Henon, A., Mestayer, P.G., Lagouarde, J-P. and Voogt, J.A. 2012: 'An urban neighborhood temperature and energy study from the CAPITOUL experiment with the SOLENE model. Part 1: analysis of flux contributions' Theoretical and Applied Climatology 110(1-2), 177-196

Henon, A., Mestayer, P.G., Lagouarde, J-P. and Voogt, J.A. 2012: 'An urban neighborhood temperature and energy study from the CAPITOUL experiment with the SOLENE model. Part 2: influence of building surface heterogeneities' Theoretical and Applied Climatology 110(1-2), 197-208

Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Voogt, J.A., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Ma, W. and Liu, W. 2012: 'Assessment of thermal anisotropy on remote estimation of urban thermal inertia' Remote Sensing of Environment 123: 12-24

Salmond, J. A., Roth, M., Oke, T.R., Christen, A. and Voogt, J.A. 2012: 'Can surface-cover tiles be summed to give neighborhood fluxes in cities?' Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 51(1): 133-149

Lagouarde, J-P, Hénon, A., Irvine, M., Voogt, J.A., Pigeon, G., Moreau, P., Masson, V. and Mestayer, P. 2012: 'Experimental characterization and modeling of the nighttime directional anisotropy of thermal infrared measurements over an urban area: case study of Toulouse (France)' Remote Sensing of Environment 117: 19-33

Zhan, W., Chen, Y., Voogt, J.A., Zhou, J., Wang, J., Liu, W.and Ma, W. 2012: 'Interpolating diurnal surface temperatures of an urban facet using sporadic thermal observations' Building and Environment 57: 239-252

Chen, F. Bornstein, R., Grimmond, S. Li, J. Liang, X., Martilli, A., Miao, S., Voogt, J.A. and Wang, Y. 2012: 'Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate' Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93(11): 1725-1728

Tooke, T.R., Coops, N.C., Voogt, J.A. and Meitner, M.J. 2011: 'Impacts of tree structure on solar radiative received by urban residential dwellings' Landscape and Urban Planning 102(2): 73-81

Henon, A., Mestayer, P.G., Groleau, D. and Voogt, J.A. 2011: 'High resolution thermo-radiative modeling of an urban fragment in Marseilles city center during the UBL-ESCOMPTE campaign' Building and Environment 46(9): 1747-1764

Krayenhoff, E.S. and Voogt, J.A. 2010: 'Impacts of urban albedo increase on local air temperature at daily through annual time scales: Model results and synthesis of previous work' Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 49: 1634-1648 (DOI:10.1175/2010JAMC2356.1)

Grimmond, C.S.B, Blackett, M., Best, M.J. and 33 others (including Krayenhoff, E.S. and Voogt, J.A.) 2011: 'Initial results from Phase 2 of the International Urban Energy Balance Model Comparison' International Journal of Climatology. Accepted 31(2): 244-272

Grimmond; C.S.B., Roth, M., Oke, T.R., Au, Y.C., Best, M., Betts, R., Carmichael, G., Cleugh, H., Dabberdt, W., Emmanuel, R., Freitas, E., Fortuniak, K., Hanna, S., Klein, P., Kalkstein, L.S., Liu, C.H., Nickson, A., Pearlmutter, D., Sailor, D. and Voogt, J.A. 2010: 'Climate and more sustainable cities: Climate information for improved planning and management of cities (Producers/Capabilities perspective)' Procedia Environmental Sciences, 1: 247-274

Grimmond, C.S.B., Blackett, M., Best, M., Barlow, J., Baik, J-J., Belcher, S., Bohnenstengel, S.I., Calmet, I., Chen, F., Dandou, A., Fortuniak, K., Gouvea, M.L.,  Hamdi, R., Hendry, M., Kondo, H., Krayenhoff, S., Less, S.-H., Loridan, T., Martilli, A., Masson, V., Miao, S., Oleson, K., Pigeon, G., Porson, A., Salamanca, P.,  Shashua-Bar, L., Steeneveld, G.-J., Tombrou, M., Voogt, J.A. and Zhang, N. 2010: 'The International Urban Energy Balance Models Comparison Project: First results from Phase 1' Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 49: 1268-1292 (DOI: 10.1175/2010JAMC2354.1)

Lagouarde, J.-P., Hénon, A., Kurz, B.,  Moreau, P., Irvine, M., Voogt, J. A., Mestayer, P. 2010: 'Modelling daytime thermal infrared directional anisotropy over Toulouse city centre' Remote Sensing of Environment 114(1), 87-105

Goodwin, N., Coops, N., Tooke, R., Christen, A., Voogt, J.A. (2009) 'Characterising urban surface cover and structure with airborne LiDAR technology' Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 35(3): 297-309

Tooke, T.R., Coops, N.C., Goodwin, N.R., Voogt, J.A. 2009: 'Extracting urban vegetation characteristics using spectral mixture analysis and decision tree classifications' Remote Sensing of Environment 113 (2): 398-407

Pigeon, G., Moscicki, M.A., Voogt, J.A. and Mason, V. 2008 'Simulation of fall and winter surface energy balance over a dense urban area using the TEB scheme' Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics 102(3-4): 159-171 (DOI 10.1007/s00703-008-0320-9)

Voogt, J.A. 2008 'Assessment of an urban sensor view model for urban thermal anisotropy' Remote Sensing of Environment 112: 482-495

Chapters in Books

Voogt, J.A. 2010 'Urban Climate' in Encyclopedia of Urban Studies ed R. Hutchison (SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA)

Grimmond, C.S.B., M. Best, J. Barlow, A. J. Arnfield, J.-J. Baik, A. Baklanov, S. Belcher, M. Bruse, I. Calmet, F. Chen, P. Clark, A. Dandou, E. Erell, K. Fortuniak, R. Hamdi, M. Kanda, T. Kawai, H. Kondo, S. Krayenhoff, S. H. Lee, S.-B. Limor, A. Martilli, V. Masson, S. Miao, G. Mills, R. Moriwaki, K. Oleson, A. Porson, U. Sievers, M. Tombrou, J. Voogt, and T. Williamson 2009 'Urban Surface Energy Balance Models: Model Characteristics and Methodology for a Comparison Study' in Meteorological and Air Quality Models for Urban Areas ed A. Baklanov et al. (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg) 97-123 (DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-00298-4_11)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD StudentsYearTitle
I. Lee Current Urban thermal climates and human health
MSc StudentsYearTitle
M. Allen Current Urban surface climatology
R. Hilland Current Urban Climatology
D. Kuruklaarachi Current Green roof energy balance assessment
T. Wiechers Current Urban Climatology
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 Micro-scale 3-D urban energy balance model for studying surface temperatures
M. Charron 2001 Microclimate and white pine seedlings around brush piles


GEO 1300B - Physical Geography
GEO 2310 - Weather and Climate
GEO 3311 - Micrometeorology