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Thomas Mosier, Ph.D.

Energy Systems Group Lead

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Dr. Thomas Mosier is the Energy Systems Group Lead at Idaho National Laboratory. His personal research focuses on hydropower innovation in thecontext of the evolving grid. This includes research on power system resilience, essential grid requirements, energy market structures, and distributed energy resources; and understanding the role of run-of-river hydropower, reservoir-based hydropower, andpumped storage hydropower to complement other resources in these contexts. Thomas holds a dual-major doctorate degree in water resources engineering and mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. Before coming to INL in 2018, he was a consultantin the World Bank’s Office of the Chief Economist for South Asia. In this capacity he led research to inform climate, water, and energy policy in South Asia. His doctoral research investigated the linkages between climate, the cryosphere (snow and ice), surfacewater resources, and hydropower resources in mountain environments. Before graduate school, Thomas served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Kenya, where he taught high school physics and mathematics.


​Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - Oregon State University

B.A., Physics - Reed College


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Warren, G., Mosier, T.M., Sharp, K.V. and Hill, D.F. (accepted; University of Pittsburgh Law Review), Small Hydropower: Toolkit for Improved Global Development and Case Study Using Provinces in Pakistan.


Mosier, T.M., Hill, D.F. and Sharp, K.V. (2017), Update to the Global Climate Data Package: Analysis of Empirical Bias Correction Methods in the Context of Producing Very High Resolution Climate Projections. International Journal of Climatology. DOI:10.1002/joc.5213.


Mosier, T.M., Hill, D.F. and Sharp, K.V. (2016), How Much Model Complexity is Just Right? Exploration Using the Conceptual Cryosphere Hydrology Framework. The Cryosphere, 10, 2147-2171. DOI:10.5194/tc-10-2147-2016.


Mosier, T.M., Sharp, K.V. and Hill, D.F. (2016), The Hydropower Potential Assessment Tool (HPAT):Evaluation of Run-of-River Potential for Any Global Land Area and Application to Falls Creek, Oregon,USA. Renewable Energy, 97, 492503. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.06.002.


Cotton, J.M., Cerling, T.E., Hoppe, K.A., Mosier, T.M. and Still, C.J. (2016), Climate CO2 and the History of C3 and C4 Vegetation from the Last Glacial Maximum. Science Advances, 2(3), e1501346.DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501346.


Mosier, T.M., Hill, D.F. and Sharp, K.V. (2013), 30-Arcsecond Monthly Climate Surfaces with Global Land Coverage. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3829.


Conference Proceedings

Mosier, T.M., Warren, G., Sharp, K.V. and Hill, D.F. (2017), Siting Run-of-River Hydropower Infrastructure in an Uncertain Climate: Assessing Changes Using the Hydropower Potential Assessment Tool(HPAT). HydroVision International, Pennwell Corporation.

Mosier, T.M., Sharp, K.V., and Hill, D.F. (2012), Development of a Water Runo Model for Pakistan:a Tool for Identifying and Assessing Micro-Hydro Sites. Global Humanitarian Technology Conference,Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, pg. 166-171. DOI: 10.1109/ghtc.2012.35

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