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Ian Kraucunas

Ian Kraucunas

Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-34
Richland, WA 99352


Ian Kraucunas is Deputy Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, which includes over 80 scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines. He also leads the Earth System Modeling and Analysis group, which focuses on improving and applying climate models and related tools to better understand and project Earth system changes and impacts. Previously, he led PNNL's Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis (PRIMA) initiative, a laboratory-wide activity to bring together modeling capabilities spanning the climate-energy-water-land nexus.

Prior to joining PNNL, Ian was a Senior Program Officer with the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Research Council (NRC), the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, where he played leadership roles in a number of climate-related reports and activities. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, where his graduate research focused on developing and applying idealized numerical models of the large-scale circulation of the tropical atmosphere.

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Climate modeling
  • Impacts of climate and global change
  • Energy sustainability
  • 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


  • Kintner-Meyer MCW, and IP Kraucunas. 2013. "The ClimaGrowing Footprint of Climate Change: Can Systems Built Today Cope with Tomorrow's Weather Extremes?" Public Utilities Fortnightly (July 2013):,
  • Yang Z, T Wang, LYR Leung, KA Hibbard, AC Janetos, IP Kraucunas, JS Rice, B Preston, and T Wilbanks. 2013. "A modeling study of coastal inundation induced by storm surge, sea-level rise, and subsidence in the Gulf of Mexico." Natural Hazards 71(3):1771-1794.  doi:10.1007/s11069-013-0974-6

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