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Sim Larkin

Climate Scientist and AirFire Team Leader
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-732-7849
Fax: 206-732-7801
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Current Research

  • Smoke impacts from wildland fire
  • Fire emissions from wildland fire
  • Climate change and fire
  • Climate change and smoke
  • Statistical analysis of climate patterns


Research Interests

  • How to minimize uncertainties and improve accuracy by combining disparate information sources
  • How to analyze variability including extreme events in non-static systems
  • How to disseminate scientific and probabilistic information to managers such that is is usable in decision support
  • How to display complex information for ease of use and applicability to management problems


  • University of Washington, Ph.D. Climate Diagnositcs, 2000
  • Unversity of California, Berkeley, B.A. Physics, 1991

Awards & Recognition

  • PNW Science Delivery Award, 2011
    For leading the effort to supply the best smoke information and smoke outlooks to fire and regional managers during the historic New Mexico / Arizona wildfires.
  • National Fire Plan Excellence in Research Award, 2005
    Awarded to the BlueSky Smoke Modeling Consortium.

Publications & Products

Research Highlights


Mitigating Arctic Black Carbon Deposition

Scientists identify meteorological conditions when black carbon does not travel to the Arctic


New Techniques Improve National Emissions Inventory for Wildland Fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using new techniques to create the next national emissions inventory for wildland fire


Last updated on : 02/05/2015