CEE Assistant Professor Qi Li receives NSF Early CAREER Award

By: Cornell Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Qi Li, assistant professor, The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Early CAREER award for her project titled, “Multi-Scalar Transport and Similarity in the Urban Boundary Layer.” According to their website, the NSF CAREER Award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Qi LiLi is interested in physical dynamics of the lower atmosphere and hydrologic processes in the built environment. She develops and applies numerical and theoretical models to study how the built environment impacts the land-atmosphere interactions at multiple temporal and spatial scales. 

“With this NSF CAREER award, I am really excited to probe into how urban residents’ activities, such as how mobility, building energy use, and carbon footprints, affect the regional climate as cities keep sprawling,” said Li. “The overarching goal is to improve basic understanding of the transport of multiple scalars, such as atmospheric pollutants, greenhouse gases and waste heat, and to inform physically realistic, generalizable estimates of the surface-atmosphere exchanges. The project will lead to findings necessary for the next-generation urban climate modeling tools, which can be implemented to develop more precise (i.e., city or neighborhood-specific) mitigation and adaptation measures with changing climates.” 

photo of city skyline with text Urban Emissions

Li’s research group, City-CLImate-People, is interested in flows and transport in the lower atmosphere as well as the general topic of human-scale impact on the natural environment under an evolving climate.

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