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Ning Sun

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Ning Sun is a hydrologist specialized in development and application of multi-scale land surface hydrologic and water quality models for assessing and designing the optimal forest and water management strategies.

Research Interests

  • Multi-Scale Hydrologic/Water Quality Modeling and Model Development
  • Forest-Snow-Streamflow Interactions
  • Stream Temperature and Management Strategies
  • Sediment and Nutrients
  • Urban Storm Water and Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Hydroclimatic Extremes
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Modeling and Optimization of Microalgae Growth

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2012
  • B.S., Land Resources Management, China University of Geosciences, 2007

PNNL Publications


  • Yan H., N. Sun, M.S. Wigmosta, R. Skaggs, L. Leung, A. Coleman, and Z. Hou. 2019. "Observed Spatiotemporal Changes in the Mechanisms of Extreme Water Available for Runoff in the Western United States." Geophysical Research Letters 46, no. 2:767-775. PNNL-SA-138215. doi:10.1029/2018GL080260


  • Huesemann M.H., A.R. Chavis, S.J. Edmundson, D.K. Rye, S.J. Hobbs, N. Sun, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2018. "Climate-Simulated Raceway Pond Culturing: Quantifying the Maximum Achievable Annual Biomass Productivity of Chlorella sorokiniana in the Contiguous USA." Journal of Applied Phycology 30, no. 1:287-298. PNNL-SA-124328. doi:10.1007/s10811-017-1256-6
  • Sun N., M.S. Wigmosta, T. Zhou, J. Lundquist, S.E. Dickerson-Lange, and N. Cristea. 2018. "Evaluating the Functionality and Streamflow Impacts of Explicitly Modelling Forest-Snow Interactions and Canopy Gaps in a Distributed Hydrologic Model." Hydrological Processes 32, no. 13:2128-2140. PNNL-SA-131081. doi:10.1002/hyp.13150
  • Yan H., N. Sun, M.S. Wigmosta, R. Skaggs, Z. Hou, and L. Leung. 2018. "Next-Generation Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curves for Hydrologic Design in Snow-Dominated Environments." Water Resources Research 54, no. 2:1093-1108. PNNL-SA-126849. doi:10.1002/2017WR021290


  • Cao Q., N. Sun, J. Yearsley, B. Nijssen, and D.P. Lettenmaier. 2016. "Climate and land cover effects on the temperature of Puget Sound streams." Hydrological Processes 30, no. 13:2286-2304. PNNL-SA-119741. doi:10.1002/hyp.10784
  • Sun N., J. Yearsley, M. Baptiste, Q. Cao, D.P. Lettenmaier, and B. Nijssen. 2016. "A spatially distributed model for assessment of the effects of changing land use and climate on urban stream quality." Hydrological Processes 30, no. 25:4779-4798. PNNL-SA-121274. doi:10.1002/hyp.10964


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