Ariane Middel‘s primary research interests are directed toward understanding the dynamics of urban climate to develop climate adaptation and heat mitigation strategies, specifically addressing the challenges of sustainable urban form, design, and landscapes in the face of climatic uncertainty in rapidly urbanizing regions. For the past five years, she has advanced the field of urban climatology through applied and solutions-oriented research employing urban, local, and microscale climate modeling and monitoring to investigate sustainability challenges related to Urban Heat Islands, thermal comfort, water use and quality, energy use, and human-climate interactions in cities. Dr. Middel is currently an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science (visualization) from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and holds a M.Sc./B.Sc. in Geodetic Engineering from the University of Bonn, Germany.