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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Sim Larkin

Sim Larkin

Climate Scientist
400 N 34th St., Suite 201
United States

Phone: 206-732-7849
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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.


Research Highlights


Delivery of Smoke Science to Incident Operations

Forest Service scientists, working with the Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management to support the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Pro ...


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


Scientists Acquire Better Knowledge of Smoke Transport During Prescribed Burning in the Wildland-urban Interface of Bend, Oregon

Smoke from prescribed fires in the Deschutes National Forest has negatively affected the city of Bend, Oregon, nine times over the past two year ...


Last updated on : 02/14/2020