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Mark Wigmosta

Mark Wigmosta

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Environmental Engineering and Science, 1991
  • M.S., University of Washington, Geology, 1983
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Washington, Geology, 1981

Awards and Recognitions

  • Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Howard A. Coombs Scholarship
  • McGetchin Volcano Fund

PNNL Publications


  • Xu H., U. Lee, A. Coleman, M.S. Wigmosta, and M.Q. Wang. 2019. "Assessment of algal biofuel resource potential in the United States with consideration of regional water stress." Algal Research 37. PNNL-SA-138253. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2018.11.002
  • 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


  • Chen X., L. Leung, Y. Gao, Y. Liu, M.S. Wigmosta, and M.C. Richmond. 2018. "Predictability of Extreme Precipitation in Western U.S. Watersheds Based on Atmospheric River Occurrence, Intensity, and Duration." Geophysical Research Letters 45, no. 21:11693-11701. PNNL-SA-136740. doi:10.1029/2018GL079831
  • 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


  • Fang Y., L. Leung, Z. Duan, M.S. Wigmosta, R.M. Maxwell, J.Q. Chambers, and J. Tomasella. 2017. "Influence of landscape heterogeneity on water availability to tropical forests in an Amazonian catchment and implications for modeling drought response." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122, no. 16:8410-8426. PNNL-SA-125270. doi:10.1002/2017JD027066
  • Huesemann M.H., T. Dale, A.R. Chavis, B.J. Crowe, S. Twary, A. Barry, and D.C. Valentine, et al. 2017. "Simulation of outdoor pond cultures using indoor LED-lighted and temperature-controlled raceway ponds and Phenometrics photobioreactors." Algal Research 21. PNNL-SA-117542. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.11.016
  • Wigmosta M.S., A. Coleman, E. Venteris, and R. Skaggs. 2017. "Microalgae Feedstocks for Aviation Fuels." In Green Aviation: Reduction of Environmental Impact Through Aircraft Technology and Alternative Fuels, edited by ES Nelson and DR Reddy. Boca Raton, Florida:CRC Press. PNNL-SA-129394.


  • Huesemann M.H., B.J. Crowe, P. Waller, A.R. Chavis, S.J. Hobbs, S.J. Edmundson, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2016. "A Validated Model to Predict Microalgae Growth in Outdoor Pond Cultures Subjected to Fluctuating Light Intensities and Water Temperatures." Algal Research 13. PNNL-SA-111707. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2015.11.008
  • Huesemann M.H., M.S. Wigmosta, B.J. Crowe, P. Waller, A.R. Chavis, S.J. Hobbs, and S.J. Edmundson, et al. 2016. "Estimating the Maximum Achievable Productivity in Outdoor Ponds: Microalgae Biomass Growth Modeling and Climate Simulated Culturing." In Microalgal Production for Biomass and High-Value Products, edited by SP Slocombe and JR Benemann. 113-137. Boca Raton, Florida:CRC Press. PNNL-SA-105694. doi:10.1201/b19464-6
  • Langholtz M., A.M. Coleman, L. Eaton, M.S. Wigmosta, C.M. Hellwinckel, and C.C. Brandt. 2016. "Potential Land Competition Between Open-Pond Microalgae Production and Terrestrial Dedicated Feedstock Supply Systems in the U.S." Renewable Energy 93. PNNL-SA-91459. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2016.02.052


  • Moore B.C., A.M. Coleman, M.S. Wigmosta, R. Skaggs, and E. Venteris. 2015. "A High Spatiotemporal Assessment of Consumptive Water Use and Water Scarcity in the Conterminous United States." Water Resources Management 29, no. 14:5185-5200. PNNL-SA-111026. doi:10.1007/s11269-015-1112-x


  • Coleman A.M., J. Abodeely, R. Skaggs, W. Moeglein, D.T. Newby, E.R. Venteris, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2014. "An Integrated Assessment of Location-Dependent Scaling for Microalgae Biofuel Production Facilities." Algal Research 5. PNNL-SA-98336. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.05.008
  • Davis R., D. Fishman, E.D. Frank, M.C. Johnson, S.B. Jones, C. Kinchin, and R. Skaggs, et al. 2014. "Integrated Evaluation of Cost, Emissions, and Resource Potential for Algal Biofuels at the National Scale." Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 10:6035-6042. PNNL-SA-100181. doi:10.1021/es4055719
  • Tesfa T.K., L.R. Leung, M. Huang, H. Li, N. Voisin, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2014. "Scalability of grid- and subbasin-based land surface modeling approaches for hydrologic simulations." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 119, no. 6:3166-3184. PNNL-SA-96701. doi:10.1002/2013JD020493
  • Venteris E.R., M.S. Wigmosta, A.M. Coleman, and R. Skaggs. 2014. "Strain selection, biomass to biofuel conversion, and resource colocation have strong impacts on the economic performance of algae cultivation sites." Frontiers in Energy Research 2. PNNL-SA-103615. doi:10.3389/fenrg.2014.00037
  • Venteris E.R., R. McBride, A.M. Coleman, R. Skaggs, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2014. "Siting algae cultivation facilities for biofuel production in the United States: trade-offs between growth rate, site constructability, water availability, and infrastructure." Environmental Science & Technology 48, no. 6:3559-3566. PNNL-SA-98419. doi:10.1021/es4045488
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2014. "A National-Scale Comparison of Resource and Nutrient Demands for Algae-Based Biofuel Production by Lipid Extraction and Hydrothermal Liquefaction." Biomass & Bioenergy 64. PNNL-SA-95364. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.02.001
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2014. "Regional Algal Biofuel Production Potential in the Coterminous United States as Affected by Resource Availability Trade-offs." Algal Research 5. PNNL-SA-98390. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2014.02.002


  • Copping A.E., Z. Yang, N. Voisin, J. Richey, T. Wang, R.Y. Taira, and M. Constans, et al. 2013. Integrated Modeling and Decision-Support System for Water Management in the Puget Sound Basin: Snow Caps to White Caps. PNNL-23078. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Li H., M.S. Wigmosta, H. Wu, M. Huang, Y. Ke, A.M. Coleman, and L.R. Leung. 2013. "A Physically Based Runoff Routing Model for Land Surface and Earth System Models." Journal of Hydrometeorology 14, no. 3:808-828. PNNL-SA-84830. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-015.1
  • Tidewell V., J. Gasper, R. Goldstein, J. Macknick, G. Sehlke, M. Webber, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2013. "Integrated Energy-Water Planning in the Western and Texas Interconnections." In AMSE 2013 Power Conference, July 29 - August 1, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, 2, V002T10A009; Paper No. POWER2013-98319. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-95572. doi:10.1115/POWER2013-98319
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, A.M. Coleman, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2013. "A GIS COST MODEL TO ASSESS THE AVAILABILITY OF FRESHWATER, SEAWATER, AND SALINE GROUNDWATER FOR ALGAL BIOFUEL PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES." Environmental Science & Technology 47, no. 9:4840-4849. PNNL-SA-91131. doi:10.1021/es304135b
  • Voisin N., H. Li, D.L. Ward, M. Huang, M.S. Wigmosta, and L.R. Leung. 2013. "On an improved sub-regional water resources management representation for integration into earth system models." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17, no. 9:3605-3622. PNNL-SA-93513. doi:10.5194/hess-17-3605-2013
  • Yan Y., Y.K. Demissie, M.S. Wigmosta, V.C. Tidwell, C.W. King, and M.A. Cook. 2013. "POTENTIAL DROUGHT IMPACTS ON ELECTRICITY GENERATION IN TEXAS." In ASME 2013 Power Conference, July 29 - August 1, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, V002T10A008; Paper No. POWER2013-98318. New York, New York:ASME. PNNL-SA-95847. doi:10.1115/POWER2013-98318


  • Ke Y., L.R. Leung, M. Huang, A.M. Coleman, H. Li, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2012. "Development of High Resolution Land Surface Parameters for the Community Land Model." Geoscientific Model Development 5, no. 6:1341-1362. PNNL-SA-91361. doi:10.5194/gmd-5-1341-2012
  • Venteris E.R., R. Skaggs, A.M. Coleman, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2012. "An Assessment of Land Availability and Price in the Coterminous United States for Conversion to Algal Biofuel Production." Biomass & Bioenergy 47. PNNL-SA-85839. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.060


  • Li H., M. Huang, M.S. Wigmosta, Y. Ke, A.M. Coleman, L.R. Leung, and A. Wang, et al. 2011. "Evaluating runoff simulations from the Community Land Model 4.0 using observations from flux towers and a mountainous watershed." Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres) 116. PNNL-SA-79456. doi:10.1029/2011JD016276
  • Roesijadi G., A.M. Coleman, C. Judd, F.B. Van Cleve, R.M. Thom, K.E. Buenau, and J.D. Tagestad, et al. 2011. Macroalgae Analysis A National GIS-based Analysis of Macroalgae Production Potential Summary Report and Project Plan. PNNL-21087. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wigmosta M.S., A.M. Coleman, R. Skaggs, M.H. Huesemann, and L.J. Lane. 2011. "National Microalgae Biofuel Production Potential and Resource Demand." Water Resources Research 47. PNNL-SA-74865. doi:10.1029/2010WR009966
  • Wogman N.A., B.D. Milbrath, R.F. Payne, C.E. Seifert, J.I. Friese, H.S. Miley, and T.W. Bowyer, et al. 2011. A Discussion of Procedures and Equipment for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty On-Site Inspection Environmental Sampling and Analysis. PNNL-20151. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Skaggs R., M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2009. "A National Resource Availability Assessment for Microalgae Biofuel Production." In AIChE 2009 Spring National Meeting, April 27-30, 2009, Tampa, Florida. New York, New York:AiChE. PNNL-SA-65250.
  • Wigmosta M.S., L.J. Lane, J.D. Tagestad, and A.M. Coleman. 2009. "Hydrologic and Erosion Models To Assess Land Use and Management Practices Affecting Soil Erosion." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 14, no. 1:27-41. PNNL-SA-53368.


  • Coleman A.M., M.S. Wigmosta, L.J. Lane, J.D. Tagestad, and D. Roberts. 2008. "A GIS-based Adaptive Management Decision Support System to Develop a Multi-Objective Framework: A case study utilizing GIS technologies and physically-based models to archieve improved decision making for site management." Journal of Map & Geography Libraries 4, no. 2:269 - 284. PNNL-SA-50845.
  • Tagestad J.D., J. Bolte, M. Guzy, D.L. Woodruff, K. Humes, V. Walden, and M.S. Wigmosta, et al. 2008. PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL COLLABORATORY ANNUAL REPORT FOR SYNERGY VII (2007). PNNL-17271. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Wigmosta M.S., M.K. Gill, A.M. Coleman, R. Prasad, and L.W. Vail. 2007. "A Distributed Modeling System for Short-Term to Seasonal Ensemble Streamflow Forecasting in Snowmelt Dominated Basins." In Proceedings of the 75th Annual Western Snow Conference, April 16-19, 2007, Kona, HI, edited by R Julander, 187-194. Soda Springs, California:Western Snow Conference. PNNL-SA-56074.


  • Wigmosta M.S., and G.R. Guensch. 2006. FY 1999 Progress Report on: Potential Groundwater Recharge from the Infiltration of Surface Runoff in Cold and Dry Creeks. PNNL-15534. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and R. Prasad. 2006. "Upscaling and Downscaling - Dynamic Models." In Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences, edited by MG Anderson, et al. Hoboken, New Jersey:John Wiley & Sons. PNNL-SA-44511. doi:10.1002/0470848944.hsa010


  • Waichler S.R., B.C. Wemple, and M.S. Wigmosta. 2005. "Simulation of Water Balance and Forest Treatment Effects at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest." Hydrological Processes 19, no. 16:3177-3199. PNWD-SA-5745.


  • Waichler S.R., and M.S. Wigmosta. 2004. "Application of Hydrograph Shape and Channel Infiltration Models to an Arid Watershed." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 9, no. 5:433-439. PNNL-SA-37392.
  • Waichler S.R., M.S. Wigmosta, and A.M. Coleman. 2004. Natural Recharge to the Unconfined Aquifer System on the Hanford Site from the Greater Cold Creek Watershed: Progress Report 2004. PNNL-14717. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Waichler S.R., and M.S. Wigmosta. 2003. "Development of Hourly Meteorological Values From Daily Data and Significance to Hydrological Modeling at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest." Journal of Hydrometeorology 4, no. 2:251-263. PNWD-SA-5703.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and L.R. Leung. 2003. "Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Streamflow and Flooding in Snow Dominated Forest Basins." In Environmental Change and Geomorphic Hazards in Forests: IUFRO Research Series, No. 9, edited by R.C Sidle. 7-24. Wallingford:CABI Publishing. PNNL-SA-31837.


  • Wigmosta M.S., B. Nijssen, and P. Storck. 2002. "The Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model." In Mathematical Models of Small Watershed Hydrology and Applications, edited by VP Singh & DK Frevert. 7-42. Highlands Ranch, Colorado:Water Resources Publications. PNNL-SA-36347.


  • Petrie G.M., J.D. Tagestad, K.L. Steinmaus, M.S. Wigmosta, and C. Read. 2001. "Multidata analysis for automatic river extraction." In International Symposium on Remote Sensing and Hydrology, edited by Owe, M., 267, 427-432. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, :IAHS. PNWD-SA-4683.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and S.J. Burges. 2001. Land Use and Watersheds: Human Influence on Hydrology and Geomorphology in Urban and Forest Areas. Water Science and Application Series. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Geophysical Union. PNNL-SA-31836.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and W.A. Perkins. 2001. "Simulating the effects of forest roads on watershed hydrology." In Land Use and Watersheds: Human Influence on Hydrology and Geomorphology in Urban and Forest Areas, AGU Water Science and Application Series, edited by M.S. Wigmosta and S.J. Burges, 2, 127-143. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Geophysical Union. PNWD-SA-4684.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and W.A. Perkins. 2001. "Simulating the effects of forest roads on watershed hydrology." In Land Use and Watersheds: Human Influence on Hydrology and Geomorphology in Urban and Forest Areas, Water Science and Applications Series, edited by MS Wigmosta and SJ Burges. 127-143. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Geophysical Union. PNNL-SA-43007.
  • Wogman N.A., M.S. Wigmosta, D.W. Swindle, P.W. Krey, and P.W. Krey. 2001. "Wide-Area Aquatic Sampling and Analysis for the Detection of Nuclear Proliferation." Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry 248, no. No. 3 (2001):611-615. PNNL-SA-32775-Rev 1.


  • Leung L.R., and M.S. Wigmosta. 2000. "The roles of subgrid topography on land-atmosphere interactions." In 15th Conference On Hydrology, 194-197. Boston, Massachusetts:American Meteorological Society. PNNL-SA-31707.


  • Leung L.R., and M.S. Wigmosta. 1999. "Potential climate change impacts on mountain watersheds in the Pacific Northwest." Journal of the American Water Resources Association 35, no. 6:1463-1471. PNNL-SA-31708.
  • Wigmosta M.S., and D.P. Lettenmaier. 1999. "A comparison of simplified methods for routing topographically driven subsurface flow." Water Resources Research 35, no. 1:255-264. PNNL-SA-31709.

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