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Dr. Azimeh Zare Harofteh
Assistant Research Professor, Fire Process Modeler

Dr. Zare Harofteh is an Assistant Research Professor at Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Desert Research Institute. Her research spans fundamental and applied topics, including wildfire smoke transport and the evolution of plume chemical composition, fire process modeling, environmental justice in terms of air pollution exposure, and development of hyperlocal air quality prediction modeling platforms. Dr. Zare Harofteh is an expert in atmospheric modeling – in domains such as weather (e.g., WRF), emission (e.g., MEGAN), chemical transport (e.g., CMAQ, WRF-Chem, CAMx), and fire processes (e.g., WRF-SFIRE) modeling. She also employs machine learning techniques for air quality and fire process prediction. Her past experience contributes to understanding the interactions between biogenic emissions, air quality, and climate change. She has developed, evaluated, and integrated gas- and aerosol-phase chemical mechanisms (e.g., RACM2_Berkeley) into chemical transport models, which have been utilized in research endeavors, including assessing the impact of ongoing emission reduction policies on atmospheric chemistry.

Dr. Zare Harofteh also holds a faculty appointment at the Atmospheric Science Graduate program, University of Nevada, Reno, where she will contribute to teaching courses and mentoring students.


Atmospheric Chemistry, Wildfire smoke transport and plume composition evolution, Air quality-climate change interaction, Air quality modelling from local to regional scales


Hosseinpour, F. E., Zare Harofteh, A., Brown, T. J., Kumar, N., Huang, S., Kramer, S. (2022). Development of Smoke Transport Probability and Risk Interactive Map from Trajectories and Climatology Analysis of 2-km CANSAC-Reanalysis Database, report to Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), 8 pp

Conference Proceedings
Huang, S., Kramer, S., Hosseinpour, F. E., Zare Harofteh, A., Besong-Cowan, K., Scarborough, C., Brown, T. J., Kumar, N. (2024). Smoke Transport and Fire Weather Climatology Dashboard for California. The 104th AMS Annual Meeting: Baltimore, Maryland, January 28, 2024-February 1, 2024

Zare Harofteh, A. (2024). Modeling of Smoke Transport and Aging. International Workshop on Emissions, Atmospheric Processing, and Health Effects of Wildland Fires: Las Vegas, Nevada, March 20, 2024

Hosseinpour, F. E., Zare Harofteh, A., Kumar, N., Brown, T. J., Huang, S., Huang, S., Kramer, S., Besong, K., Besong, K. (2023). Advancing Smoke Management and Wildfire Mitigation through Probability-Based Smoke Transport Analysis. 22nd Annual CMAS Conference 2023: Chapel Hill, NC, October 16, 2023-October 18, 2023

Coughlin, J., Pavlovic, N., Chang, S., Chang, S., Craig, K., Craig, K., Scarborough, C., Clark, C., Herrick, J., Zare Harofteh, A., Kumar, N., Driscoll, C. (2023). Developing baseline nitrogen critical loads and ozone critical levels for U.S. tree species using background concentrations as a reference point. 2023 NADP Fall Meeting and Scientific Symposium, October 23, 2023-October 26, 2023