Prathap Ramamurthy

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Sustainability
  • Environmental Fluid Dyanmics
  • Urban Boundary Layer


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Prathap Ramamurthy


Prathap Ramamurthy joined CCNY in 2015 where he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Earth System Science & Environmental Engineering. His research examines the relationship between climate and human activity in urban areas. His work combines scaleable field experiments with numerical models to characterize turbulent transport of mass, momentum and energy in the urban boundary layer. His current projects include understanding the mechanisms that exacerbate urban heat island intensity in large cities and their synergistic interaction with heat waves, and developing mitigation strategies to moderate the urban climate. He is also working with the NOAA-CREST center to operationalize remote sesning tools to study urban climate. Another area of active reseach is to understand the dynamics of coastal urban boundary layer dynamics and their impact on convective cloud and thunderstoms.
Prathap Ramamurthy is a Member of American Metorological Society's Urban Climate Board. He is also an Associate Editor of ASME's Solar Engineering Journal.


Bachelor of Engineering,Mechanical Engineering, Madras University 2002

Masters, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah 2006

PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah 2011

PostDoctoral Research Scholar, Princeton University 2011-2014

Courses Taught

Fluid Mechanics (UG)

Heat Transfer (UG)

Turbulence (G)

Building Energy and Environment (G)

Solar & Thermal Engineering (G)

Research Interests

Biosphere-atmosphere interactions over complex terrains, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Urbanization, Sustainability and Climate Change.



Hrisko, J., Ramamurthy, P., Melecio-Vázquez, D., Gonzalez, J.E. 2021. "Spatiotemporal Variability of Heat Storage in Major U.S. Cities—A Satellite-Based Analysis" Remote Sens.,13, no. 1: 59.

Hosannah, N.,  Ramamurthy, P.,  Marti, J.,  Munoz, J., &  González, J. E. (2021) "Impacts of Hurricane Maria on land and convection modification over Puerto Rico", Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 126, e2020JD032493.

Hrisko, J., Ramamurthy, P.,(2020) “Estimating Heat Storage in Urban Areas Using Multispectral Satellite Data and Machine Learning”, Remote Sensing of Environment. 252:112125

Hrisko, J., Ramamurthy, P., Yu, Y., Yu, P., Melecio-Vazquez, D. (2020) “Urban air temperature model using GOES-16 LST and a diurnal regressive neural network algorithm”, Remote Sensing of Environment. 237:111495

Ortiz, L., Gonzalez, J., Ramamurthy, P. et al. (2019) “High‐resolution projections of extreme heat in New York City”, Int. Jour. Clim., 39: 4721– 4735

Yu, Miao, Ramamurthy, P.  et al. (2019)“On the Assessment of a Cooling Tower Scheme for High-Resolution Numerical Weather Modeling for Urban Areas.” Jour. of Appl. Meteorol. & Climatol.

Melecio, D., Ramamurthy, P., Gonzalez, J., and Mark Arend (2018) “Thermal structure of a coastal urban boundary layer”, Boundary-layer Meteorology

Vant-Hull, B. and Ramamurthy, P., “The Harlem Heat Project: a Unique Media/Community Collaboration to Study Indoor Heat Waves” (2018), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc

Olivo, Y.,A.  Hamidi and P. Ramamurthy (2017), “Spatiotemporal variability in building energy use in New York City”, Energy, 141: 1393-1401

Ramamurthy, P. and E. Bou-Zeid (2017), “Heatwaves and urban heat islands: A comparative analysis of multiple cities”, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 122: 168–178

Carl Mailings, Matteo Pozzi, Kelly Klima, Mario Berges, Elie Bou-Zeid and Prathap Ramamurthy (2018), “Surface heat assessment for developed environments: Optimizing urban temperature monitoring”, Building and Environment, 141: 143-154

Carl Mailings, Matteo Pozzi, Kelly Klima, Mario Berges, Elie Bou-Zeid and Prathap Ramamurthy (2017), “Surface heat assessment for developed environments: Probabilistic urban temperature modeling”, Computer Environment and Urban Systems, 36: 43-64

Hosannah, N., J. Gonzalez, R. Rodriguez-Solis, H. Parsiani, F. Moshary, Luis Aponte, R. Armstrong, E. Harmsen, P. Ramamurthy, M. Angeles, L. León, N. Ramírez, D. Niyogi and R. Bornstein (2017), “The Convection, Aerosol, and Synoptic-Effects in the Tropics (CAST) Experiment: Building an Understanding of Multi-Scale Impacts on Caribbean Weather via Field Campaigns”, Bulletin of  American Meteorological Society, DOI:

Ramamurthy, P., J. Gonzalez, L. Ortiz, F. Moshari, and M. Arend (2017), “Impact of heatwave on a megacity: an observational analysis of New York City during July 2016”, Environmental Research Letters, 12(5): 054011