Benjamin Crawford

Dr. Ben Crawford
Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Sciences
Campus Box 172
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom Building
Room 3526

Expertise Areas:
Urban Weather and Climate, Air Quality, Sensor Networks

Postdoctoral Associate: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


Postdoctoral Researcher: Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, UK. 


Ph.D. (2014): Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


M.S. (2007): Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.


B.S. (2003): Department of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Chrysoulakis, N., Grimmond, S., Feigenwinter, C., Lindberg, F., Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.P., Marconcini, M., Mitraka, Z., Stagakis, S., Crawford, B., Olofson, F. and Landier, L., (2018). Urban energy exchanges monitoring from space. Scientific reports, 8(1), p.11498.

H. Dacre, B. Crawford, A.J. Charlton-Perez, G. Lopez-Saldana, G.H Griffiths, J. Vicencio-Veloso (2018). ‘Chilean wildfires: Probabilistic prediction, emergency response and public communication’, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Li, S. and B. Crawford (2018), ‘Vegetation, Air Temperature, and Sensible Heat Flux in the Urban Canopy Layer’, Urban Climate, In review

Crawford, B, C.S.B. Grimmond, A. Gabey, M. Marconcini, H.C. Ward, C. W. Kent (2018). ‘Variability of urban surface temperatures and implications for aerodynamic energy exchange during unstable conditions’, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Barlow, J., Best, M., Bohnenstengel, S. I., Clark, P., Grimmond, S., Lean, H., B. Crawford... & Lemonsu, A. (2017). ‘Developing a Research Strategy to Better Understand, Observe, and Simulate Urban Atmospheric Processes at Kilometer to Sub-kilometer Scales.’ Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98(10), ES261-ES264.

Crawford, B., C.S.B. Grimmond, H.C. Ward, W. Morrison, S. Kotthaus (2017): ‘Spatial and temporal patterns of surface-atmosphere energy exchange in a dense urban environment using scintillometry’, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, doi:10.1002/qj.2967.

Crawford, B., Krayenhoff, E. S., & Cordy, P. (2016). ‘The urban energy balance of a lightweight low rise neighborhood in Andacollo, Chile.’ Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1-14. 10.1007/s00704-016-1922-7

Crawford, B., A. Christen, I. McKendry (2016): ‘Diurnal course of carbon dioxide mixing ratios in the urban boundary layer in response to surface emissions’ Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55.3, 507-529.

Crawford, B. and Christen, A. (2015): ‘Spatial source attribution of measured urban eddy covariance carbon dioxide flux’ Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 119 (3-4), 733-755.

Crawford, B. and Christen, A. (2014): ‘Spatial variability of carbon dioxide in the urban canopy layer and implications for flux measurements’ Atmospheric Environment, 98, pp. 308-322.

Cordy, P., M Veiga, B. Crawford, O. Garcia, V. Gonzalez, D. Moraga, M. Roeser, and D. Wip. (2013). ‘Characterization, mapping, and mitigation of mercury vapour emissions from artisanal mining gold shops’ Environmental Research, 125, 82-91.

Kellett R., Christen A., Coops N., van der Laan M; Crawford B.R., Tooke T.R., Olchovski I. (2013): 'A systems approach to carbon cycling and emissions modelling at an urban neighbourhood scale' Landscape and Urban Planning. 110, 48-58.

Christen, A., Coops N.C., Crawford B.R., Kellett R., Liss K.N., Olchovski I., Tooke T.R., van der Laan M., Voogt J. A. (2011): 'Validation of modeled carbon-dioxide emissions from an urban neighborhood with direct eddy-covariance measurements’, Atmospheric Environment, 45, 6057-6069

Crawford B.R., Grimmond C.S.B., Christen A. (2011): 'Five years of carbon dioxide flux measurements in a highly vegetated suburban area'. Atmospheric Env., 45 (4) 896-905

McKendry I.G., D. van der Kamp, K.B. Strawbridge, A. Christen, B. Crawford (2009). ‘Simultaneous observations of boundary-layer aerosol layers with CL31 ceilometer and 1064/532 nm lidar’. Atmospheric Environment, 43 (36), 5847-5852.

GEOG 3232: Weather and Climate