Associate Professor Melissa Hart

Associate Professor Melissa Hart

Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX)

Melissa Hart has used her role as Graduate Director in the ARC Centres of Excellence for Climate System Science and Climate Extremes to develop a national, cross-institutional graduate program which has reimagined the traditional Australian PhD. With a vital combination of breadth, depth, support, and collaboration, the program has provided over 160 PhD students with the skills, knowledge, and experience fundamental to developing world leading climate science researchers.

Melissa’s research looks at the impact of cities on climate and climate on cities, in particular the impact of land-use, surface characteristics and anthropogenic activities on the climate of cities, and quantification of the magnitude of urban heating. She also works in the area of air pollution meteorology, in particular air pollution impacts from hazards reduction burns. ​Melissa leads the citizen science project- SWAQ (Schools Weather and Air Quality) which has improved urban weather and air quality measurements around Sydney by placing meteorological and air quality sensors in its schools. Students collect and analyse research quality data for use in science and geography curriculum-aligned classroom activities.

Melissa is a strong advocate for gender equity in science and is former chair of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s equity and diversity committee, and was a proud participant of the 2018 Homeward Bound Women in STEMM leadership initiative.

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Hart M; Cooper N; Green D; Lipson M, 2021, 'The Synergistic Impacts of Urban Air Pollution Compounding Our Climate Emergency', in Urban Climate Science for Planning Healthy Cities, Springer, pp. 355 - 378,
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Pathmeswaran C; Sen Gupta A; Perkins-Kirkpatrick SE; Hart MA, 2022, 'Exploring Potential Links Between Co-occurring Coastal Terrestrial and Marine Heatwaves in Australia', Frontiers in Climate, vol. 4,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ulpiani G; Hart MA; Di Virgilio G; Maharaj AM, 2022, 'Urban meteorology and air quality in a rapidly growing city: Inter-parameter associations and intra-urban heterogeneity', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 77, pp. 103553 - 103553,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ulpiani G; Hart MA; Di Virgilio G; Maharaj AM; Lipson MJ; Potgieter J, 2022, 'A citizen centred urban network for weather and air quality in Australian schools', Scientific Data, vol. 9, pp. 129,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Di Virgilio G; Hart MA; Maharaj AM; Jiang N, 2021, 'Air quality impacts of the 2019–2020 Black Summer wildfires on Australian schools', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 261, pp. 118450 - 118450,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hirsch AL; Evans JP; Thomas C; Conroy B; Hart MA; Lipson M; Ertler W, 2021, 'Resolving the influence of local flows on urban heat amplification during heatwaves', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 16,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Liu S; Nazarian N; Hart MA; Niu J; Xie Y; de Dear R, 2021, 'Dynamic thermal pleasure in outdoor environments - temporal alliesthesia', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 771, pp. 144910 - 144910,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Potgieter J; Nazarian N; Lipson MJ; Hart MA; Ulpiani G; Morrison W; Benjamin K, 2021, 'Combining High-Resolution Land Use Data With Crowdsourced Air Temperature to Investigate Intra-Urban Microclimate', Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 9,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Di Virgilio G; Evans JP; Clarke H; Sharples J; Hirsch AL; Hart MA, 2020, 'Climate Change Significantly Alters Future Wildfire Mitigation Opportunities in Southeastern Australia', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 47,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Liu S; Nazarian N; Niu J; Hart MA; de Dear R, 2020, 'From thermal sensation to thermal affect: A multi-dimensional semantic space to assess outdoor thermal comfort', Building and Environment, vol. 182,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Martilli A; Roth M; Chow WTL; Demuzere M; Lipson M; Krayenhoff ES; Sailor D; Nazarian N; Voogt J; Wouters H; Middel A; Stewart ID; Bechtel B; Christen A; Hart MA, 2020, 'Summer average urban-rural surface temperature differences do not indicate the need for urban heat reduction', Open Science Framework (OSF),
    Journal articles | 2019
    Lipson MJ; Thatcher M; Hart MA; Pitman A, 2019, 'Climate change impact on energy demand in building-urban-atmosphere simulations through the 21st century', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 14,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Di Virgilio G; Hart MA; Jiang N, 2018, 'Meteorological controls on atmospheric particulate pollution during hazard reduction burns', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 18, pp. 6585 - 6599,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Lipson MJ; Thatcher M; Hart MA; Pitman A, 2018, 'A building energy demand and urban land surface model', Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. 144, pp. 1572 - 1590,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Ma S; Pitman A; Yang J; Carouge C; Evans JP; Hart M; Green D, 2018, 'Evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation options on heat stress for Sydney, Australia', Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, vol. 57, pp. 209 - 220,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Jiang N; Scorgie Y; Hart M; Riley ML; Crawford J; Beggs PJ; Edwards GC; Chang L; Salter D; Virgilio GD, 2017, 'Visualising the relationships between synoptic circulation type and air quality in Sydney, a subtropical coastal-basin environment', International Journal of Climatology, vol. 37, pp. 1211 - 1228,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Lipson MJ; Hart MA; Thatcher M, 2017, 'Efficiently modelling urban heat storage: An interface conduction scheme in an urban land surface model (aTEB v2.0)', Geoscientific Model Development, vol. 10, pp. 991 - 1007,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Ma S; Pitman A; Hart M; Evans JP; Haghdadi N; MacGill I, 2017, 'The impact of an urban canopy and anthropogenic heat fluxes on Sydney's climate', International Journal of Climatology, vol. 37, pp. 255 - 270,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Yue RPH; Lee HF; Hart MA, 2017, 'Perceptions of visibility degradation in Hong Kong', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 60, pp. 1073 - 1091,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wong PPY; Lai PC; Low CT; Chen S; Hart M, 2016, 'The impact of environmental and human factors on urban heat and microclimate variability', Building and Environment, vol. 95, pp. 199 - 208,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Yue RPH; Lee HF; Hart MA, 2016, 'The human dimension of visibility degradation in a compact city', Natural Hazards, vol. 82, pp. 1683 - 1702,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Sailor DJ; Georgescu M; Milne JM; Hart MA, 2015, 'Development of a national anthropogenic heating database with an extrapolation for international cities', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 118, pp. 7 - 18,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Cheung CSC; Hart MA, 2014, 'Climate change and thermal comfort in Hong Kong', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 58, pp. 137 - 148,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Siu LW; Hart M, 2013, 'Quantifying urban heat island intensity in Hong Kong SAR, China', Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, vol. 185, pp. 4383 - 4398,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Thorpe AL; Hart MA, 2013, 'Changing Climates, Changing Cities? Planning Reform and Urban Sustainability in New South Wales', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 16, pp. 133 - 156,;dn=204711638848451;res=IELHSS
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wong P; Lai P-C; Hart M, 2013, 'Microclimate Variations between Semienclosed and Open Sections of a Marathon Route', Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2013, pp. 1 - 10,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Cheung CSC; Hart M, 2012, 'Climate change and thermal comfort in Hong Kong', International Journal of Biometeorology, pp. 1 - 12,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Hart MA; Sailor DJ, 2009, 'Quantifying the influence of land-use and surface characteristics on spatial variability in the urban heat island', Theoretical and Applied Climatology, vol. 95, pp. 397 - 406,
    Journal articles | 2008
    Sailor DJ; Smith M; Hart M, 2008, 'Climate change implications for wind power resources in the Northwest United States', Renewable Energy, vol. 33, pp. 2393 - 2406,
    Journal articles | 2008
    Semenza JC; Wilson DJ; Parra J; Bontempo BD; Hart M; Sailor DJ; George LA, 2008, 'Public perception and behavior change in relationship to hot weather and air pollution', Environmental Research, vol. 107, pp. 401 - 411,
    Journal articles | 2008
    Vaneckova P; Hart MA; Beggs PJ; De Dear RJ, 2008, 'Synoptic analysis of heat-related mortality in Sydney, Australia, 1993-2001', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 52, pp. 439 - 451,
    Journal articles | 2007
    Hart MA; De Dear R; Beggs PJ, 2007, 'A synoptic climatology of pollen concentrations during the six warmest months in Sydney, Australia', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 51, pp. 209 - 220,
    Journal articles | 2006
    Hart M; de Dear R; Hyde R, 2006, 'A synoptic climatology of tropospheric ozone episodes in Sydney, Australia', International Journal of Climatology, vol. 26, pp. 1635 - 1649,
    Journal articles | 2004
    Hart M; De Dear R, 2004, 'Weather sensitivity in household appliance energy end-use', Energy and Buildings, vol. 36, pp. 161 - 174,
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Liu S; Nazarian N; Hart M, 2021, 'From thermal neutrality to thermal pleasure: A better direction for urban climate engineering', Online, presented at Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Online, 04 February 2021
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Naserikia M; Nazarian N; Hart M, 2021, 'Surface urban heat in different climates', Online, presented at Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Online, 04 February 2021
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Liu S; De Dear R; Niu J; Hart M; Nazarian N, 2020, 'From Thermal Sensation to Thermal Affect: A Multi-Dimensional Semantic Space to Assess Outdoor Thermal Comfort', Boston, MA USA, presented at 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA USA, 13 January 2020
    Theses / Dissertations | 2019
    Lipson M, 2019, Model development for urban climates, UNSW Sydney,
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Wong PPY; Lai P-C; Hart M, 2016, 'Microclimate Variation of Urban Heat in a Small Community', in Lai PC; Low CT; Wong PPY (eds.), Procedia Environmental Sciences, ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Hong Kong, pp. 180 - 183, presented at International Conference on Geographies of Health and Living in Cities: Making Cities Healthy for All, Healthy Cities 2016, Hong Kong, 21 June 2016 - 24 June 2016,
    Reports | 2014
    Thorpe AL; Hart M, 2014, Submission to the NSW Government on the 'BASIX Target Review'
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Hart M; De Dear R; Hyde R, 2006, 'A technique for forecasting enhanced ozone days in a complex sub-tropical coastal urban environment', in 86th AMS Annual Meeting
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Sailor DJ; Hart M, 2006, 'An anthropogenic heating database for major US cities', in 86th AMS Annual Meeting
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Hart M; De Dear R; Hyde R, 2004, 'A climatology of photochemical smog episodes in Sydney Australia', in 13th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the Air and Waste Management Association, pp. 147 - 158
    Preprints |
    Di Virgilio G; Hart MA; Jiang N, Meteorological controls on atmospheric particulate pollution during hazard reduction burns,
    Preprints |
    Nice K; Nazarian N; Lipson M; Hart M; Seneviratne S; Thompson J; Naserikia M; Godic B; Stevenson M, Isolating the impacts of urban form and fabric from geography in assessing heat mitigation strategies,