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Ian Kraucunas

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


Ian Kraucunas is Director of the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division, which includes over 140 staff engaging in a wide range of climate, atmospheric, integrated assessment, and Earth system science research. He also serves as principal investigator for several projects related to integrated multi-scale modeling of human and natural systems. Previously, he led PNNL's Platform for Regional Integrated Modeling and Analysis (PRIMA) initiative, a laboratory-wide activity to bring together capabilities spanning the climate-energy-water-land nexus. Prior to joining PNNL, he was a Senior Program Officer with the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Research Interests

  • Climate and integrated human-Earth system modeling
  • Impacts of climate and global change
  • Energy-water nexus
  • 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


  • Seinfeld JH, CS Bretherton, KS Carslaw, H Coe, PJ DeMott, EJ Dunlea, G Feingold, SJ Ghan, AB Guenther, R Kahn, IP Kraucunas, SM Kreidenweis, MJ Molina, A Nenes, J Penner, K Prather, V Ramanathan, V Ramaswamy, PJ Rasch, AR Ravishankara, D Rosenfeld, G Stephens, and R Wood. 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(21):5781 5790.  doi:10.1073/pnas.1514043113


  • Kraucunas IP, LE Clarke, JA Dirks, JE Hathaway, MI Hejazi, KA Hibbard, M Huang, C Jin, MCW Kintner-Meyer, K Kleese van Dam, LYR Leung, H Li, RH Moss, MJ Peterson, JS Rice, MJ Scott, AM Thomson, N Voisin, and TO West. 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(3-4):573-588.  doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1064-9


  • 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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