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Ashish  Sharma

Ashish Sharma

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Research Assistant Professor
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-217-4061

Summary of Activities/Interests

Regional climate modeling: Land/ocean/lake-atmosphere interactions, lake breeze, UHI effect, land data assimilation, hydrometeorological extremes

Microscale modeling: Climate modeling at hyper-local scales (~m scales)

Climate adaptation and mitigation: Interactions between urban ecology and urban heat island in a changing climate, green and cool roofs, energy consumption and savings with best practices

Air quality modeling: meteorology and atmospheric chemistry feedbacks


Cooling Down Chicago: How Green and Cool Roofs Could Impact Urban Climate

June 1, 2016

A newly published study, part of a collaboration between Notre Dame and the City of Chicago, examined the efficacy of green or cool roofs using a regional climate model to simulate various real-world urban rooftop conditions. The study found that use of roofs with vegetation or reflective surfaces on top of Chicago’s current infrastructure could reduce urban heat islands by lowering roof temperatures between 5.4 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit.