Professor George Ban-Weiss


Climate change and urban air pollution are two of society’s great challenges. Our research investigates how climate, air quality, and land cover interact from urban to global scales. We also investigate practical solutions for mitigating climate change and air pollution in urban areas. 

News highlights:

-Our research was highlighted (along with two quotes by Ban-Weiss) in this Washington Post article, “As temperatures keep trending up, ‘heat belt’ cities maneuver to stay livable” (August 29)

-Ban-Weiss invited to present his group’s research at the National Academy of the Sciences in D.C.  The goal of the workshop was to help cities and states learn from California about conducting policy-relevant climate research with actionable outcomes. (August 2018)

-Ban-Weiss receives the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Global Environmental Change Early Career Award! See here (July 2018)

-Congrats to Trevor Krasowsky, Ban-Weiss’ first PhD student, for winning the William F. Ballhaus “Best Dissertation” Award out of over 160 engineering graduates!! See here (May 2018)

-Our research was highlighted in Science News, “Are we ready for the deadly heat waves of the future?” (April 2018)

-Ban-Weiss receives the Pasquale and Adelina Arpea Early Career Chair (March 2018)

-Ban-Weiss receives the NSF Early CAREER Award (Jan 2018)!!!

-Ban-Weiss and his grad student Arash Mohegh were interviewed and featured during this piece on NPR, “What you need to know about LA’s urban heat problem”

-Our research was mentioned in this article at Gizmodo, “The Radical Plan to Cool Down LA as the World Heats Up”

-Ban-Weiss was quoted in the New York Times in an article about cool pavements in Los Angeles

-Here is a nice article in the Huffington Post that summarizes a music concert that I instigated and played bass in that investigates our relationship to the environment through song. Here’s another article from USC.

-Our recent publications on the urban heat island effect and the efficacy of cool roofs in Los Angeles were highlighted in another article in LA Times (link). Also hear a couple ~10 minute live interviews on Southern California Public Radio (KPCC and KCRW).

-Our recent publication on the climate impacts of adopting drought tolerant vegetation highlighted in the LA Times (link).  Also hear a 6-minute interview on Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) here. It was also featured as an EOS Research Spotlight, and there’s another article at KQED.

-Ban-Weiss listed as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Tech Review

-See Ban-Weiss at MIT’s Emtech conference using music to describe how we can combat the impacts of climate change (link).

Contact info

3620 South Vermont Ave KAP230C

Astani Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Southern California

Phone: +1 213 740 9124

Email: banweiss (at) usc (dot) edu