A Fulbright Scholar recipient from Arizona State University will spend a semester in Greece to research the effects of urbanization on climate change.
In spring 2020, associate professor Matei Georgescu will begin work with the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas. Based in Heraklion, Crete, the foundation is one of the premier research centers in Europe.
The aim of Georgescu’s work is to use high-resolution data, mesoscale process-based modeling and statistical techniques to help predict the magnitude of projected heat waves. His work also aims to reduce the impact of heat waves in urban areas.
The results of such research could yield a significant impact worldwide.
Georgescu will spend four months conducting his Fulbright-sponsored research on Crete. As a member of ASU’s Urban Climate Research Center, the Romanian native currently dedicates most of his research to the environmental impacts of urbanization.
About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Operating in more than 160 countries, the program aims to promote peace and understanding through educational exchange between the United States and other nations.
Past Fulbright Scholars include Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. The organization has awarded more than 380,000 scholarships since its inception in 1946.
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