James Voogt

Department Chair
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

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 and 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. and 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, and 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 and 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 and K. Srivastava, (2016) Heat islands over Mumbai as revealed by autorecorded thermograph data. J. Earth Syst. Sci. 125(1): 85–93.

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

Adderley C., A. Christen, J.A. Voogt, (2015) The effect of radiometer placement and view on inferred directional and hemispheric radiometric temperatures of an urban canopy. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8: 2699-2714.

Yang, J., Z. Wang, F. Chen, S. Miao, M Tewari, J.A. Voogt, S. Myint, (2015) Enhancing hydrologic modeling in the coupled Weather Research and Forecasting-Urban modeling system. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 155(1): 87-109.

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., Y. Chen, J. Zhou, J. Wang, W. Liu, J. Voogt, X. Zhu, J. Quan, J. Li, (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, J. Voogt, Y. Wang, (2012) Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93(11): 1725-1728.

Hénon, A., P.G. Mestayer, J-P. Lagouarde, J.A. Voogt, (2012a) 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.

Hénon, A., P.G. Mestayer, J-P. Lagouarde, J.A. Voogt, (2012b) 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., Y. Chen, J.A. Voogt, J. Zhou, J. Wang, W. Ma , W. Liu, (2012) Assessment of thermal anisotropy on remote estimation of urban thermal inertia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 123: 12-24.

Salmond, J. A., M. Roth, T. R. Oke, A. Christen, and J. A. Voogt, (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., A. Hénon, M. Irvine, J. Voogt, G. Pigeon, P. Moreau, V. Masson, P. Mestayer, (2012) Experimental characterization and modelling 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.

Christen, A., N.C. Coops, B.R. Crawford, R. Kellett, K.N. Liss, I. Olchovski, T.R. Tooke, M. van der Laan, J.A. Voogt, (2011) Validation of modeled carbon-dioxide emissions from an urban neighborhood with direct eddy-covariance measurements. Atmospheric Environment, 45(33): 6057-6069.

Tooke, T.R., N.C. Coops, J.A. Voogt, M.J. Meitner, (2011) Tree structure influences on rooftop-received solar radiation. Landscape and Urban Planning, 102: 73– 81.

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

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

Grimmond, C.S.B., M. Blackett, M. Best and J. Barlow, and J.-J. Baik, S. Belcher, S.I. Bohnenstengel, I. Calmet, F. Chen, A. Dandou, K. Fortuniak, M.L. Gouvea, R. Hamdi, M. Hendry, H. Kondo, S. Krayenhoff, S.-H. Lee, T. Loridan, A. Martilli, V. Masson, S. Miao, K. Oleson, G. Pigeon, A. Porson, F. Salamanca, L. Shashua-Bar, G.-J. Steeneveld, M. Tombrou, J. Voogt, N. Zhang, (2010) The International Urban Energy Balance Models Comparison Project: First results from Phase 1. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49: 1268-1292. 

Krayenhoff, E.S. and J.A. Voogt, (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.

Lagouarde, J.-P., A. Hénon, B. Kurz, P. Moreau, M. Irvine, J. A. Voogt, P. Mestayer, (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. (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).

Voogt, J.A. (2014) Urban Heat Islands and Effects. Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, Volume 2.  CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, Group (Invited).

Voogt, J.A. (2010) Urban Climate. In: Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (Ed. Ray Hutchison), SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA, 848-853. (Invited). 

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 Students Year Title
MSc Students Year Title
S. Claessens Current The role of Urban Thermal Anistropy in Urban Heal Islands
R. Hilland 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 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