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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 170 staff with expertise ranging from fundamental atmospheric physics to regional and global climate modeling to integrated assessment and climate impact analysis. He also serves as principal investigator for the "Integrated Multisector, Multiscale 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

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