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Krista Gaustad

Comp & Data Eng. Team 3
Software Engineer


Krista is a senior software developer on the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program for which she is involved in a wide range of scientific data management activities. Most recently these have included leading an effort to develop an Interactive Software Development Environment to improve accessibility and usability of ARM archived netCDF data by automating data retrieval, transformation, and consolidation, and the development of a standard for the representation of ARM data quality information.

Early in her career at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Krista was involved in a variety of projects in the areas of energy system research, power transmission and distribution analysis which included the application of ANNs, Fuzzy Logic, Expert Systems, and Object Oriented Programming to increase power system reliability, flexibility, and performance.

She shifted her focus to information technologies in 1995 serving as the database manager, and interface module developer for a real-time, wide-area network, decision support system before joining ARM in 1998.

Research Interests

  • Simplifying the accessibility and usability of scientific data.
  • Defining and documenting data quality in scientific data sets
  • Management of automated scientific data processes
  • Data provenance
  • Data uncertainty assessment

Education and Credentials

  • B. S. E. E. Electrical Engineering, Auburn University 1988
  • M. S. Electrical Engineering, Auburn University 1991

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

PNNL Publications


  • Tang Q., S. Xie, Y. Zhang, T.J. Phillips, J.A. Santanello, D.R. Cook, and L.D. Riihimaki, et al. 2018. "Heterogeneity in Warm-Season Land-Atmosphere Coupling Over the U.S. Southern Great Plains." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123, no. 15:7867-7882. PNNL-SA-137429. doi:10.1029/2018JD028463


  • Shippert T.R., and K.L. Gaustad. 2017. "An Architecture for Consolidating Multidimensional Time-Series Data onto a Common Coordinate Grid." Earth Science Informatics 10, no. 2:247-256. PNNL-SA-126775. doi:10.1007/s12145-016-0285-z


  • Gaustad K.L., T.R. Shippert, B.D. Ermold, S.J. Beus, J.A. Daily, A. Borsholm, and K.M. Fox. 2014. "A Scientific Data Processing Framework for Time Series NetCDF Data." Environmental Modelling & Software 60. PNNL-SA-97472. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.06.005



  • McFarlane S.A., K.L. Gaustad, E.J. Mlawer, C.N. Long, and J. Delamere. 2011. "Development of a high spectral resolution surface albedo product for the ARM Southern Great Plains Central Facility." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 4, no. 9:1713-1733. PNNL-SA-79416. doi:10.5194/amt-4-1713-2011


  • Gaustad K.L., C.J. Flynn, S.J. Beus, and B.D. Ermold. 2010. "The Development of QC Standards for ARM Data Products." In Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing, 548-553. New York, New York:ACM. PNNL-SA-71148. doi:10.1145/1851476.1851556
  • Xie S., R. McCoy, S.A. Klein, R.T. Cederwall, W.J. Wiscombe, E.E. Clothiaux, and K.L. Gaustad, et al. 2010. "ARM Climate Modeling Best Estimate Data - A new data product for climate modelers." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91, no. 1:13-20. PNNL-SA-66188. doi:10.1175/2009BAMS2891.1


  • Turner D.D., S.A. Clough, J.C. Liljegren, E.E. Clothiaux, K.E. Cady-Pereira, and K.L. Gaustad. 2007. "Retrieving Liquid Water Path and Precipitable Water Vapor from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Microwave Radiometers." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 45, no. 11 PT. 2:3680-3690. PNNL-SA-57254. doi:10.1109/TGRS.2007.903703


  • Long C.N., T.P. Ackerman, K.L. Gaustad, and J.N. Cole. 2006. "Estimation of Fractional Sky Cover from Broadband Shortwave Radiometer Measurements." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 111, no. D11:D11204, doi: 10.1029/2005JD006475. PNNL-SA-45598.

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