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Ian Kraucunas

Earth & Biological Sciences
Division Director
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-34
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Kraucunas is the director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division within the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The division has over 150 staff with expertise ranging from fundamental atmospheric physics to regional and global climate modeling to integrated assessment and climate impacts analysis. He also serves as principal investigator for the "Integrated Multi-sector, Multi-scale Modeling (IM3)" scientific focus area, a multi-institution Department of Energy project focused on developing and applying integrated modeling platforms that can simulate the complex interactions among climate, energy, water, land, and other human and natural systems.

Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. Kraucunas was a senior program officer with the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, where he led a number of projects and reports related to climate and global change. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where his graduate research focused on using numerical models to study the large-scale tropical circulation, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Research Interests

  • Integrated human-Earth system modeling
  • Impacts of climate and global change
  • Scientific communication

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environmental Management Certificate, University of Washington, Program on the Environment
  • M.S. University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  • B.A. University of Virginia, Physics and Environmental Sciences

PNNL Publications


  • Burleyson C.D., N. Voisin, Z.T. Taylor, Y. Xie, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2018. "Simulated Building Energy Demand Biases Resulting from the Use of Representative Weather Stations." Applied Energy 209. PNNL-SA-125597. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.244
  • Vernon C.R., J.S. Rice, N. Zuljevic, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, C. Jin, and J. Olson, et al. 2018. "CERF A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software. PNNL-SA-125186. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Vernon C.R., N. Zuljevic, J.S. Rice, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, N. Voisin, and I.P. Kraucunas, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:20. PNNL-SA-133523. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Voisin N., M. Kintner-Meyer, D. Wu, R. Skaggs, T. Fu, T. Zhou, and T.B. Nguyen, et al. 2018. "Opportunities for joint water-energy management: sensitivity of the 2010 Western U.S. electricity grid operations to climate oscillations." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99, no. 2:299-312. PNNL-SA-121241. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0253.1
  • Zhou T., N. Voisin, G. Leng, M. Huang, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2018. "Sensitivity of regulated flow regime to climate change in the Western United States." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19, no. 3:499-515. PNNL-SA-126508. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-17-0095.1


  • Bramer L.M., J. Rounds, C.D. Burleyson, D.C. Fortin, J.E. Hathaway, J.S. Rice, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2017. "Evaluating Penalized Logistic Regression Models to Predict Heat-Related Electric Grid Stress Days." Applied Energy 205. PNNL-SA-126567. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.09.087


  • Seinfeld J.H., C.S. Bretherton, K.S. Carslaw, H. Coe, P.J. DeMott, E.J. Dunlea, and G. Feingold, et al. 2016. "Improving Our Fundamental Understanding of the Role of Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in the Climate System." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113, no. 21:5781 5790. PNNL-SA-115586. doi:10.1073/pnas.1514043113


  • Kraucunas I.P., L.E. Clarke, J.A. Dirks, J.E. Hathaway, M.I. Hejazi, K.A. Hibbard, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "Investigating the Nexus of Climate, Energy, Water, and Land at Decision-Relevant Scales: The Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis (PRIMA)." Climatic Change 129, no. 3-4:573-588. PNNL-SA-93553. doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1064-9


  • Kintner-Meyer M.C., and I.P. Kraucunas. 2013. "The ClimaGrowing Footprint of Climate Change: Can Systems Built Today Cope with Tomorrow's Weather Extremes?." Public Utilities Fortnightly. PNNL-SA-95659.
  • Yang Z., T. Wang, L.R. Leung, K.A. Hibbard, A.C. Janetos, I.P. Kraucunas, and J.S. Rice, et al. 2013. "A modeling study of coastal inundation induced by storm surge, sea-level rise, and subsidence in the Gulf of Mexico." Natural Hazards 71, no. 3:1771-1794. PNNL-SA-94696. doi:10.1007/s11069-013-0974-6

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