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Gerald Mills, University College Dublin.


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I received my BA in Geography and History at University College Dublin in 1980 and completed a research Master's degree at UCD between 1981 and 1983. This research examined the synoptic origins of precipitation in Ireland during the period 1970 to 1980. This work was supervised by Stuart Daultrey. After working for one year as research assistant on census atlases of Ireland, I moved to the US in 1984 to pursue a PhD. From 1984-1989 I attended The Ohio State University as a PhD student concentrating on the areas of climatology and cartography. I completed a PhD dissertation on the energy budget of urban streets (or canyons) using modeling and field observations. From 1989 to 1997 I taught in the US, first in Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1989-1990) and then at University of California at Los Angeles (1991-1997). Since 1997 I have been employed in Geography at UCD.

My primary research interests are in climates, particularly the processes that operate in the lowest layer of the atmosphere. I am especially interested in the climates that are generated by urban areas and potential for planning and design to create comfortable and healthy outdoor environments. I have a secondary interest in Irish climate and in the regional scale processes that control aspects of the water budget. In addition, I am interested in the spatial data analyses and geographic information systems. 


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Research Interests

Boundary layer climates - environmental design and microclimate - regional scale water and energy budgets.



Selected Publications

Mills, G. (2009) Micro- and Meso-climatology, Progress in Physical Geography, 33, 711-717.

Mills, G. (2008) Luke Howard and The Climate of London, Weather, 63, 153-157.

Mills, G. (2008) Meso- and micro-climatology, Progress in Physical Geography, 32, 393-301.

Mills, G. (2007) Cities as agents of global change, International Journal of Climatology, 27, 1849-1857.

Mills, G. (ed.) (2007) Luke Howard. The Climate of London. Volumes 2 and 3. United States: International Association for Urban Climate.

Mills, G. (ed.) (2007) Luke Howard. The Climate of London. Voume. 1. United States: International Association for Urban Climate.

Mills, G. (2007) Foreword, In: Mills, G. (ed.), Luke Howard. The Climate of London. Volume 1. United States: International Association for Urban Climate.

Mills, G. (2006) Progress towards sustainable settlements: A role for urban climatology, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 38, 43-49.

Mills, G (2005) Radiation Climatology, In: Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Netherlands: Springer.

Mills, G. (2005) Urban air quality: A case study, Geographical Viewpoint, 33, 19-25.

Mills, G. (2004) Air quality and urban sustainability, Geographical Viewpoint, 32, 6-17.

Mills, G. (2004) Geography in Ireland in transition, Irish Geography, 37, 129-131.

Kavanagh, A., Mills, G. and Sinnott, R. (2004) The geography of Irish voter turnout: A case study of the 2002 General Election, Irish Geography, 37, 177-186.

Mills, G. (2001) Irelands Water Budget Model Validation and a Greenhouse Experiment, Irish Geography, 34, 124-134.