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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 the context of the evolving grid. This includes research on power system resilience, essential grid requirements, energy market structures, hybrid energy systems, and distributed energy resources. A particular area of interest is on understanding the role of run-of-river hydropower, reservoir-based hydropower, and pumped storage hydropower to complement other resources in the above 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 consultant in 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), surface water 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. (2018), Small Hydropower Toolkit: Considerations for Improving Global Development and an Accompanying Case Study for Pakistan. University of Pittsburgh Law Review, 80, 137. DOI: 10.5195/lawreview.2018.595.

Alvarado, M.J., Winijkul, E., Adams-Selin, R., Hunt, E., Brodowski, C., Lonsdale, C.R., Shindell, D.T., Faluvegi, G., Kleiman, G., Mosier, T.M., and Kumar, K. (2018), Sources of Black Carbon Deposition to the Himalayan Glaciers in Current and Future Climates. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. DOI: 10.1029/2018JD029049.

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

Agrawal, U., O'Brien, J., Somani, A., Mosier, T.M., and Dagle, J. (2020; accepted), A Study of the Impact of Reduced Inertia in Power Systems. Hawaii International Conference on System Science,  University of Hawaii.

Alam, S.M., Panwar, M., Mosier, T.M., Shah, S., Gevorgian, V., Chen, B., Mahalik, M., Koritarov, V.,

Thant, A., Jenkins, S., Boorman, S. (2019), Integrated Run-of-river Plants with Energy Storage Systems:

Demonstrating Hydropower Black Starts on the Distribution Grid. HydroVision International, Pennwell


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


Exceptional Contributions Program Award, Idaho National Laboratory (December 2018)

Graduate Research Fellow, Oil Spill Recovery Institute (April 2014 - March 2016)

Microsoft Climate Research Initiative Grant (January 2015 - January 2016))

Participant, International Summer School in Glaciology, University of Alaska Fairbanks (30% acceptance;

August 2014)

Williamson Water Prize for academic achievement and service, Oregon State University Water Resources

Graduate Program (April 2014)

Evans Family Fellowship for Humanitarian Engineering (April 2014)

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