Dr. Ariel Miara is a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Sciences Initiative and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Ariel leads research on the interaction between energy systems, water resources, the environment and policy. His modeling and analysis work focuses on assessing the co-dependent productivity of energy-water infrastructure and their performance under future conditions, including energy requirements for water delivery and water supplies for electricity generation. He created the Thermoelectric Power and Thermal Pollution Model, which simulates power plant operations and water use, impacts on water resources and riverine ecosystems, and performance under environmental regulation and climate change. Ariel completed his PhD in Civil Engineering, with a focus on water resources and environmental engineering at The City College of New York.


A. Miara, C.J. Vörösmarty, J.E. Macknick, V.C. Tidwell, B. Fekete, F. Corsi, R. Newmark. Thermal Pollution Impacts on Rivers and Power Supply in the Mississippi River Watershed, Environmental Research Letters, 2018

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.