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Rao Kotamarthi

Center for Climate Resilience and Decision Science (CCRDS) Science Director


Dr. Rao Kotamarthi is Senior Scientist in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he also serves as a Chief Scientist. At the University of Chicago, he is a senior fellow at the CASE and holds complimentary positions as an expert at the Energy Policy Research Institute (EPIC).  He has PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa and holds a certificate in strategic laboratory leadership program from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Dr. Kotamarthi has nearly 30 years of experience in regional- and global-scale modeling of Air Quality and Atmospheric Composition, atmospheric aerosols and regional scale climate change. His work leverages HPC and applied mathematics to develop models for environmental problems. He has authored over 150 journal articles and technical reports.  He serves as a principal investigator for projects funded by DOE on climate and wind energy and private sector entities.  He has contributed to the IPCC assessment report 2 and serves on peer review panels for DOE, NSF and NASA. He is the author of a book titled Downscaling Techniques for High-Resolution Climate Projections: From Global Change to Local Impacts”.