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Chris Vernon

Chris Vernon

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Chris Vernon is a geospatial scientist who focuses on geospatial research and development to integrate and evaluate multi-sector dynamics in human-Earth systems. Chris specializes in geospatial algorithm and software development; multi-model integration for models with varying scale; workflow optimization; and leading teams of developers and scientists. Chris’s current research includes: evaluating the interconnection cost implications of future power generation capacity expansion in the United States; evaluation and comparison studies assessing land use land cover downscaling model performance; multi-model workflow systems software development; global water scarcity implications to human-Earth systems; and more.

Research Interests

  • Geospatial Information Sciences and Technology (GIST)
  • Multi-sector dynamics integrated modeling
  • Software development
  • Workflow optimization
  • Team leadership

Education and Credentials

  • Master of Geospatial Information Sciences and Technology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 2014
  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Portland State University, Portland, OR. 2012
  • B.S., Environmental Science: Geology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. 2010
  • A.A., Business Management, Western International University, Phoenix, AZ. 2006

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMS)
  • Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) community

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012 EERE Project Team of the Year Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2011 Outstanding Performance Award, Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2010 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Outstanding Senior Award
  • 2009 Department of Energy’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

PNNL Publications

2019

  • Chen M., C.R. Vernon, M. Huang, K.V. Calvin, and I.P. Kraucunas. 2019. "Calibration and analysis of the uncertainty in downscaling global land use and land cover projections from GCAM using Demeter (v1.0.0)." Geoscientific Model Development 12, no. 5:1753-1764. PNNL-SA-143284. doi:10.5194/gmd-12-1753-2019
  • Vernon C.R., M.I. Hejazi, S. Turner, Y. Liu, C.J. Braun, X. Li, and R.P. Link. 2019. "A Global Hydrologic Framework to Accelerate Scientific Discovery." Journal of Open Research Software 7, no. 1:Article No. 1. PNNL-SA-137438. doi:10.5334/jors.245

2018

  • Huang Z., M.I. Hejazi, X. Li, Q. Tang, C.R. Vernon, G. Leng, and Y. Liu, et al. 2018. "Reconstruction of global gridded monthly sectoral water withdrawals for 1971-2010 and analysis of their spatiotemporal patterns." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22, no. 4:2117-2133. PNNL-SA-129126. doi:10.5194/hess-22-2117-2018
  • Vernon C.R., J.S. Rice, N. Zuljevic, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, C. Jin, and J. Olson, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software. PNNL-SA-125186. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Vernon C.R., N. Zuljevic, J.S. Rice, T.E. Seiple, M. Kintner-Meyer, N. Voisin, and I.P. Kraucunas, et al. 2018. "CERF - A Geospatial Model for Assessing Future Energy Production Technology Expansion Feasibility." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:20. PNNL-SA-133523. doi:10.5334/jors.227
  • Vernon C.R., Y.L. Le Page, M. Chen, M. Huang, K.V. Calvin, I.P. Kraucunas, and C.J. Braun. 2018. "Demeter - A land use and land cover change disaggregation model." Journal of Open Research Software 6, no. 1:Article No. 15. PNNL-SA-131044. doi:10.5334/jors.208

2017

  • Li X., C.R. Vernon, M.I. Hejazi, R.P. Link, L. Feng, Y. Liu, and L.T. Rauchenstein. 2017. "Xanthos - A Global Hydrologic Model." Journal of Open Research Software 5, no. 1:21. PNNL-SA-126584. doi:10.5334/jors.181

2015

  • Fowler K.M., A.H. Colotelo, J.L. Downs, K.D. Ham, J.W. Henderson, S.A. Montgomery, and C.R. Vernon, et al. 2015. Simplified Processing Method for Meter Data Analysis. PNNL-24331. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Simplified Processing Method for Meter Data Analysis
  • Hejazi M.I., N. Voisin, L. Liu, L.M. Bramer, D.C. Fortin, J.E. Hathaway, and M. Huang, et al. 2015. "21st Century United States Emissions Mitigation Could Increase Water Stress more than the Climate Change it is Mitigating." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112, no. 34:10635-10640. PNNL-SA-105956. doi:10.1073/pnas.1421675112

2014

2013

Selected Publications

2013

  • Vernon CR, EV Arntzen, MC Richmond, RA McManamay, TP Hanrahan, and CL Rakowski. 2013. GIS framework for large river geomorphic classification to aid in the evaluation of flow-ecology relationships. PNNL-22296, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

2011

  • Geist DR, TP Hanrahan, CR Vernon, RP Mueller. 2011. Investigation of habitat modification in the Wanapum Dam tailrace to increase quantity of fall Chinook salmon spawning habitat. PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Ham KD, CR Vernon, and WA Haerer. 2011. Inventory and analysis of models to support ecosystem modeling analysis, Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 program: fish. PNWD-4300, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Ham KD, JL Downs, CA Duberstein, SS Hughes, CR Vernon, WA Haerer. 2011. Recommended approach for applying models of fish, wildlife, and cultural resources to support ecosystem modeling analysis, Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 program. PNWD-4308, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Hanrahan TP, and CR Vernon. 2011. Monitoring and assessment of the Grays River Gorley Springs restoration project: 2010 final report. PNNL-21028, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
  • Mueller RP, and CR Vernon. 2011. Evaluation of fallback and reascension of fall Chinook salmon as it relates to escapement to the Hanford Reach. PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

2010

  • Hanrahan TP, CR Vernon, AP Levell, EV Arntzen. 2010. Monitoring and assessment of the Grays River Gorley Springs restoration project: 2009 annual progress report. PNNL-19716, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

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