BSc (Physics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1999)
MSc (Environmental Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2001)
PhD (Urban Transportation Planning, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, 2008)
Postdoctoral training (University of Toronto, 2009)
Postdoctoral training (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
marianne [dot] hatzopoulou [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)
TRAQ Research Group
My research area bridges between transportation and environmental modelling. My research interests lie in the development of integrated multi-model applications linking daily activities of urban populations and their resulting travel patterns with the generation, dispersion, and exposure to road transport emissions. I am particularly interested in studying the patterns of fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions on a household basis and contrasting them with the patterns of exposure to air pollution of cyclists, pedestrians, drivers, and transit riders.
I have also extensive experience in the development of evaluation tools for bridging transport policy analysis with decision-making. I examine ways in which the sustainability impacts of transport policy scenarios can be quantified through the development of performance measures linked with large-scale land-use and transport models.
After finishing my MSc and before returning to academia, I was an environmental consultant and have lead a number of Environmental Impact Studies for large infrastructure and urban development projects in the Middle East and North Africa, funded by the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). I have also prepared Environmental Management training workshops for directors of World Bank funded projects in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen.
Transportation and the environment
Monitoring, Modelling, Informing
- Measurement of air pollution and vehicle exhaust emissions
- Population exposure studies
- Simulation of vehicle-induced emissions, air dispersion modelling of traffic sources
- Development of online information systems that assist individuals in planning routes that reduce their air pollution exposure
- Linking large-scale land-use and transportation models with performance measures reflecting transportation externalities
- Bridging modelling and decision-making in Canadian transportation agencies
Current research projects
Traffic and emissions microsimulation
- Linking a traffic simulation model with capability for microscopic emission modelling
- Modelling transport supply, land-use, and socio-economics as determinants of household level greenhouse gas emissions in Montreal
- A lifecycle analysis of GHG emissions for transit technologies along a busy urban corridor
- Air quality and traffic monitoring and impact assessment for the planned Highway 25 linking Montreal and Laval
Cycling and air quality
- Development of a web-based information tool that provides cyclists with guidance in route planning by providing the “lowest feasible” air pollution exposure route between any origin and destination input by the user (Initial application for Montreal, will be extended to other Canadian cities)
- Investigating the link between cyclist volumes and pollution levels along bicycle facilities in a dense urban core
- The impact of traffic counts and separate cycling lanes on personal air pollution exposures among cyclists in Montreal, Canada
Measuring the sustainability of transport policies
- Measuring the sustainability and robustness of urban regeneration strategies using land-use transport model output. Project developed through the Strategic Options for Transportation and Urban Revitalization (SOTUR). Funded under the MIT-Portugal Program in collaboration with Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, University of Coimbra, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Current graduate students
- Ahsan Alam (PhD) started in January 2011
- Golnaz Ghaghazi (MEng-thesis) started in September 2011
- Amin Sazavar (MEng-thesis) started in September 2011
- Timothy Sider (MEng-thesis) started in January 2012
Strauss, J., L. Miranda-Moreno, D. Crouse, M. Goldberg, M. Hatzopoulou. 2012. Investigating the link between cyclist volumes and pollution levels along bicycle facilities in a dense urban core. Forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
Mathez, A., K. Manaugh, V. Chakour., A. El-Geneidy, M. Hatzopoulou. 2012. How can we alter our carbon footprint? Estimating GHG emissions based on travel survey information. Forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
Chan. S., A. Alam, L. Miranda-Moreno, M. Hatzopoulou. 2012. Investigating the effect of technology and operation on lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for bus service in Montreal. Forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advanced Systems for Public Transport (CASPT12).
Hatzopoulou, M., J.Y., Hao, and E.J. Miller. 2011. Simulating the impacts of household travel on greenhouse gas emissions, urban air quality, and population exposure. Transportation, 38: 871-887.
Lau, J., M. Hatzopoulou, M. Wahba, E.J. Miller. 2011. An integrated multi-model evaluation of transit bus emissions in Toronto. Forthcoming in Transportation Research Record.
Hao, J.Y., M. Hatzopoulou, and E.J. Miller. 2010. Integrating an activity-based travel demand model with dynamic traffic assignment and emission models: An implementation in the Greater Toronto Area. Accepted for publication, Transportation Research Record.
Hatzopoulou, M. and E.J. Miller. 2010. Linking an activity-based travel demand model with traffic emission and dispersion models: Transport's contribution to air pollution in Toronto. Transportation Research Part D, 15 (6): 315-325.
Hatzopoulou, M. and E.J. Miller. 2009. Transport policy evaluation in metropolitan areas: The role of modelling in decision-making. Transportation Research Part A, 43 (4): 323-338.
Hatzopoulou, M. and E.J. Miller. 2008. Institutional integration for sustainable transportation policy in Canada. Transport Policy, 15 (3): 149–162.
Hatzopoulou, M., E.J. Miller and B. Santos. 2007. Integrating vehicle emission modelling with activity-based travel demand modelling: A case study of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Transportation Research Record, 2011: 29-39.
Kazopoulo M., I. Kaysi and M. El-Fadel. 2007. A stated-preference approach towards assessing a vehicle inspection and maintenance program. Transportation Research Part D, 12 (5): 358-370.
Kazopoulo M., M. El-Fadel and I. Kaysi. 2005. Emission standards development with exhaust emission measurements in a typical inspection and maintenance program. ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 131 (9): 1330-1339.
Kazopoulo, M., M. El-Fadel and I. Kaysi. 2004. Emissions standards development for an I/M program. Air Pollution XII, (Brebbia C.A. ed.), WIT Press, Southampton, UK, ISBN 1-85312-722-1.
El Fadel, M., I. Alameddine, M. Kazopoulo, M. Hamdan and R. Nasrallah. 2001. Carbon Monoxide and Volatile Organic Compounds as indicators of indoor air quality in underground parking facilities. Indoor + Built Environment, 10 (2): 70-82.
Conference presentations and invited talks
October 19, 2011: “Une approche intégrée pour la modélisation des émissions du transport et les impacts sur la qualité de l'air”, Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur les Reseaux d'entreprise, la logistique et le transport, Université de Montréal, Canada.
August 24, 2011: “Traffic Simulation in the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough”, Media presentation during a press conference, Montreal, Canada.
July 7, 2011: “Transportation and Air Quality: Modelling, Testing, Informing” presented at a visit by a German delegation of Transportation Professionals, event sponsored by the McGill Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
April 8, 2011: “Using MATSIM to Simulate Vehicle-Induced Emissions in Toronto” presented at the second annual MATSIM Users Meeting, Berlin, Germany.
March 24, 2011: “An Integrated Approach for Addressing the Impacts of Household Travel on Urban Air Quality and Population Exposure”, Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) yearly seminar series, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
March 10, 2011: “Addressing the Impacts of Household Travel on Urban Air Quality and Population Exposure”, Agence de la Santé et des Services Sociaux, Montreal, Quebec.
February 11, 2011: “Civil Engineering at McGill”, Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), McGill University, Canada.
January 31, 2010: “Transportation and the Environment: Research Directions”, Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE), McGill University, Canada.
March 25, 2010: Panelist at a workshop organized by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) on “Quantifying and Forecasting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Urban Passenger Transportation”, Ottawa, Canada.
February 19, 2009: “ Enquête sur les processus d’évaluation des politiques en transport urbain au Canada: Incidences sur la modélisation”, Colloque: La Modélisation des Déplacements Urbains: Pratiques et Enjeux, Agence Québécoise de Transport et des Routes (AQTR), Transports Québec, Montréal, Canada.
November 17, 2008: “Land-Use, Transport, and other Impacts of High-Speed Rail”. Guest Speaker at High Speed Rail Seminar, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
Linking transportation and land-use models with performance measures reflecting transport externalities. Poster presentation, Urban Environmental Pollution, Boston, June, 2010.
Urban metabolism and land-use transport modelling: Addressing scale issues and crossing disciplinary boundaries. Poster presentation, Urban Environmental Pollution, Boston, June, 2010.
Enquête sur les processus d’évaluation des politiques en transport urbain au Canada: Incidences sur la modélisation (Transport policy evaluation in Canadian urban areas: The role of modelling in decision-making). Invited Speaker. Practices and Challenges of Urban Transportation Modelling, organized by Association Québécoise du Transport et des Routes (AQTR), Montreal, February, 2009.
Linking an activity-based travel demand model with traffic emission and dispersion models: Predicting transport’s contribution to air pollution in Toronto. 55th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Brooklyn, November, 2008.
A modelling system for predicting daily exposure of urban population to vehicle-induced air pollution. 55th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Brooklyn, November, 2008.
Sustainable transportation in Canadian metropolitan areas: Assessing the mechanisms for planning, funding, and implementation. 2008 Conference of the Transportation Association of Canada, Toronto, September, 2008.
Developing regional 24-hour profiles for link-based, speed-dependent vehicle emissions and zone-based soaks. Poster presentation. 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January, 2008.
Sustainable transportation: Theory or practice? A perspective of planners and policy-makers. Poster presentation. 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, January, 2008.
Development of 24-hour profiles for exhaust and evaporative vehicle emissions in the Greater Toronto Area. Canadian Regional Science Association Meeting, September, 2007
Deriving performance measures from integrated land-use and transportation models to assess the sustainability of transport policies. 4th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, Toronto, June, 2007.
Appraisal of transport policy and strategic plans in Canadian urban areas: A survey of planners and policy-makers in government agencies across Canada. 11th World Conference on Transportation Research, Berkeley, CA, June, 2007.
Appraisal of transport policy and strategic plans in Canadian urban areas: A survey of planners and policy-makers. Transportation Research Seminar Series, University of Toronto, March, 2007.
Bridging the gap between modelling and decision-making: A framework for assessing the sustainability of land-use and transport policies in the GTA. 53rd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Toronto, November, 2006
Integrating vehicle emission modeling with activity-based travel demand modeling: A case study of the GTA. Transportation Research Seminar Series, University of Toronto, October, 2006.
Indicators of sustainable transport for integrated policy appraisal: Linking sustainable transport plans with decision-making in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). New Scholars Conference on Sustainable Transportation, Bloomington, Indiana, May, 2006.
Developing indicators for assessing the sustainability of land-use and transport policies in the Greater Toronto Area. Transportation Research Seminar Series, University of Toronto, February, 2006.
A stated-preference approach for the implementation of an I/M program: Policy options for the reduction of traffic-induced emissions in the Greater Beirut Area. Transportation Research Seminar Series, University of Toronto, January, 2005.
Implementing an inspection and maintenance program: A stated-preference approach. 10th World Conference on Transport Research, Istanbul, Turkey, July, 2004.
Emissions standards development for an I/M program. Air Pollution 2003, Wessex Institute of Technology, Sicily, Italy, September, 2003.