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Prathap Ramamurthy

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Prathap Ramamurthy

Assistant Professor

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Steinman 229
Phone Number: 
212-650-6326
Email: 
pramamurthy@ccny.cuny.edu
Personal Website: 
http://ufo.ccny.cuny.edu
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Profile
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Prathap Ramamurthy was previously an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University. 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 has previously worked on determining the impact of roof structure on building energy use and quantifying the turbulent transport of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes in urban areas. Throughout his career he has participated in numerous field campaigns: Joint Urban 2003 Oklahoma City, Salt Lake Valley flux study to name a few. His current collaborators include  NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Environmental Division of Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
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Education
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PhD Mechanical Engineering University of Utah 2011
Masters, Mechanical Engineering University of Utah 2006
Bachelor of Engineering,Mechanical Engineering Madras University 2002

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Courses Taught
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Fluid Mechanics

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

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Publications
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Prathap Ramamurthy, Elie Bou-Zeid, Ting Sun and Keith Rule, "Joint Influence of Albedo and Insulation on Roof Performance : Observations”, (Accepted, Energy & Buildings)
Prathap Ramamurthy and Eric Pardyjak, “On the complexity of carbon dioxide transport over a densely vegetated urban area”, (Accepted, Bound. Layer Meteor.)

Prathap Ramamurthy and E. Bou-Zeid, “Contribution of Impermeable Surfaces to Urban Evaporation”, (Water Res. Res., 2014)

Prathap Ramamurthy, E. Bou-Zeid, J. Smith et. Al., "Influence of Urban Materials and Morphology on the Surface Energy Budget”, ( J. App. Meteor. Clim., 2014)

Prathap Ramamurthy and Eric Pardyjak, “Toward understanding the behavior of CO2 and surface energy fluxes in the semi-arid Salt Lake Valley”, (Atmos. Env.)

Prathap Ramamurthy, Elie Bou-Zeid, Ting Sun and Keith Rule, "Joint Influence of Albedo and Insulation on Roof Performance : Modeling”, (under review, Energy & Buildings)

Prathap Ramamurthy and E. Bou-Zeid, “High Resolution Simulation of Heat Waves in New York City”, (Submitted)

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