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Renowned climate scientist joins PNNL

October 23, 2008 Share This!

Philip Rasch to lead advancements in climate change science and impacts

  • Philip Rasch, of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is chief scientist for climate science.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Philip Rasch, an authority on the connections among clouds, chemistry and climate, has joined the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He holds the rank of Laboratory Fellow and is chief scientist for climate science in the laboratory’s Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change division.

“Dr. Rasch is known for bringing aerosol modeling and atmospheric chemistry together with the broader scientific research community,” said Charlette Geffen, division director. “This kind of collaboration is key to understanding and predicting the impacts of climate change.”

The role of aerosols is one of the biggest unknowns in climate research. “Rasch’s understanding of these tiny particles and their role in climate change adds an important dimension to PNNL’s internationally recognized expertise in atmospheric science,” Geffen said.

Rasch comes to PNNL from the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he was a senior scientist. He co-chairs the Atmospheric Model Working Group of the Community Climate System Model project, one of the world’s top climate modeling research efforts.

Rasch contributed to scientific assessments for the World Meteorological Organization, NASA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He chaired the modeling activity at the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate. Rasch also has served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, DOE and NASA.

Rasch earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and atmospheric science from the University of Washington and a master’s degree and a doctorate in meteorology from Florida State University. He has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial board of Tellus, the international journal of meteorology and oceanography.

Tags: Environment, Fundamental Science, Climate Change, Atmospheric Science, Aerosols, Meteorology, Chemistry

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