overview

I am a professor of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at the Texas A&M University. I have the privilege of working with a lot of bright and talented students. Through our studies we've come to understand the atmospheric environment in new and often surprising ways. We study how elements in the landscape modify the different components of the microclimate, and how the microclimate affects the thermal comfort of people. By integrating these landscape architects can design environments that modify the microclimate to create thermally comfortable outdoor environments. This is particularly important in the context of global climate change and intensification of urban heat islands.

selected publications
Academic Articles97
  • Li, D., Newman, G. D., Wilson, B., Zhang, Y., & Brown, R. D. (2022). Modeling the relationships between historical redlining, urban heat, and heat-related emergency department visits: An examination of 11 Texas cities. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 49(3), 933-952.
  • Kim, S. W., & Brown, R. D. (2022). Pedestrians' behavior based on outdoor thermal comfort and micro-scale thermal environments, Austin, TX. Science of The Total Environment. 808, 152143-152143.
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  • Li, X., Zhang, Y., Li, D., Xu, Y., & Brown, R. D. (2022). Ameliorating cold stress in a hot climate: Effect of Winter Storm Uri on residents of subsidized housing neighborhoods. Building and Environment. 209, 108646-108646.
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  • Cheng, W., Li, D., Liu, Z., & Brown, R. D. (2021). Approaches for identifying heat-vulnerable populations and locations: A systematic review. Science of The Total Environment. 799, 149417-149417.
Chapters5
  • Brown, R. D., Lafortezza, R., Corry, R. C., Leal, D. B., & Sanesi, G. (2007). Cultural patterns as a component of environmental planning and design. Landscape Ecological Applications in Man-Influenced Areas: Linking Man and Nature Systems. 395-415.
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  • (2007). Land use change from traditional to modern eras: Saitama prefecture, Japan. Landscape Ecological Applications in Man-Influenced Areas: Linking Man and Nature Systems. 113-128.
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  • Brown, R. D., Lafortezza, R., Corry, R. C., Leal, D. B., & Sanesi, G. (2007). Cultural Patterns As A Component Of Environmental Planning And Design. Landscape Ecological Applications in Man-Influenced Areas. 395-415. Springer Netherlands.
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  • Seguchi, R., Brown, R. D., & Takeuchi, K. (2007). Land Use Change From Traditional To Modern Eras: Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Landscape Ecological Applications in Man-Influenced Areas. 113-128. Springer Netherlands.
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  • (2006). The Role of the Outdoors in Residential Environments for Aging. The Role of the Outdoors in Residential Environments for Aging. 187-202. Routledge.
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Conference Papers3
  • Lafortezza, R., Corry, R. C., Sanesi, G., & Brown, R. D. (2008). Cultural Determinants of Spatial Heterogeneity in Forest Landscapes. PATTERNS AND PROCESSES IN FOREST LANDSCAPES: MULTIPLE USE AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT. 17-32.
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  • Lafortezza, R., Corry, R. C., Sanesi, G., & Brown, R. D. (2005). Quantitative approaches to landscape spatial planning: clues from landscape ecology. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING II, VOLS 1 AND 2. 84, 239-250.
  • (2004). Planning for the rehabilitation of brownfield sites: a landscape ecological perspective. BROWNFIELD SITES II : ASSESSMENT, REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT. 21-30.
chaired theses and dissertations
Email
robert.brown@tamu.edu
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Brown
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning; 3137 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3137
USA