Ariel Miara is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Environmental Sciences Initiative, where he is leading research focused on the interaction between energy systems, water resources, the environment and policy. He is part of the National Energy-Water Systems (NEWS) Assessment Framework project, under the National Science Foundation’s Water Sustainability and Climate program. Ariel has also worked on a project aiming to improve the forecasting of the impacts of planning decisions on environmental, energy and economic systems in the northeastern U.S. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center, collaborating on research related to energy-water issues as well as energy forecasting and modeling.


A. Miara, J.E. Macknick, C.J. Vörösmarty, V.C. Tidwell, R. Newmark, and B. Fekete. Climate and Water Resource Change Impacts and Adaptation Potential for US Power Supply, Nature Climate Change, 2017.

J.E. Macknick, E. Zhou, A. Miara, E. Ibanez, M. O’Connell, M. Hummon, G. Brinkman. Water and Climate Impacts on Power System Operations: The Importance of Cooling Systems and Demand Response Measures, NREL/TP-6A20-66714, 2016.

A. Miara, P.T. Pienkos, M. Bazilian, R. Davis, and J.E. Macknick. Planning for Algal Systems: An Energy-Water-Food Nexus Perspective. Industrial Biotechnology. June 2014, 10(3): 202-211. doi:10.1089/ind.2014.0004.

A. Miara, C. Tarr, R. Spellman, C.J. Vörösmarty, and J.E. Macknick. The power of efficiency: Optimizing environmental and social benefits through demand-side-management. Energy, 2014, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2014.08.047.

A. Miara and C.J. Vörösmarty. Balancing thermoelectric power production and thermal pollution. Power plant cooling specification/decision-making guide; Chapter 2 in: C. King (Ed.),Thermal Power Plant Cooling: Context and Engineering. New York: ASME Press, 264 pp.

A. Miara, C.J. Vörösmarty, R. Stewart, W. Wollheim, and B. Rosenzweig, Riverine Ecosystem services and the thermoelectric sector: Strategic issues facing the Northeastern United States, 2013, Environmental Research Letters. 8 025017 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/025017.

R. Stewart, W. Wollheim, A. Miara, C.J. Vörösmarty, B. Rosenzweig, Horizontal Cooling Towers: Thermal Regulation By Rivers Support Electricity Generation in the Northeastern United States, 2013, Environmental Research Letters. 8 025010 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/025010.

A. Miara and C.J. Vörösmarty, A Dynamic Model to Assess Tradeoffs in Power Production and Riverine Ecosystem Protection, 2013, Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, doi:10.1039/C3EM00196B.