Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
V. Rao Kotamarthi
Chief Scientist/Department Head
Climate & Earth System Science Department
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa, 1991.
Current Role
Manager, Atmospheric Sciences and Climate Research Department & Chief Scientist.
Regional scale climate change and impacts; process-scale models of atmospheric aerosols and their climate impacts; regional and urban-scale air quality and dispersion studies; mesoscale and microscale simulations for wind energy applications; statistical models for evaluating high-spatial resolution atmospheric models and climate extremes.
Career Highlights
  • Argonne: Senior Program Manager, Atmospheric Science and Climate Research (2012-2015); Strategic lead for Argonne Climate and Biology initiative (2009-2011); cohort member of Strategic Leadership Program of the Chicago Booth School of Management (2009); Senior Fellow, Computational Institute, University of Chicago; Member CELS POC-HP Committee.
  • Principal investigator: DOE-Biological and Environmental Research efforts including Ganges Valley Aerosol Experiment (GVAX); Atmospheric Science Program (current); Downscaling of Climate Models, SERDP (current);Flow over complex terrain (WFIP2) and mesoscale-to-microscale modeling.DOE-EERE (current).
  • Team member: Mail-in and review panel member for multiple federal atmospheric science programs; participant in international photochemical model intercomparison studies (Assessment Report 2); science team member for the NASA Global Tropospheric Experiment (1996-1998).