Thomas Kirchstetter

Sustainable Energy Systems Group
Heat Island Group
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road MS 70R0108B
Berkeley CA 94720
Office Location: 90-2024J (Office), 70-215 (Lab)
(510) 486-7071

Dr. Kirchstetter is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is a Deputy Leader in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group and a member of the Heat Island Group. He studies the role of particulate matter in the environment as it relates to energy use, climate, and air quality. He has more than 50 refereed archival journal papers and holds a concurrent appointment at the University of California, Berkeley as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Tom's current research interests include:

  • Snow albedo reduction due to black carbon contamination
  • Motor vehicle pollutant emissions and impacts of control regulations
  • Pollutant emissions reductions associated with next-generation cookstoves for the developing world
  • Climate-relevant chemical and optical properties of particles in the atmosphere
  • Emerging "cool" technologies for energy savings and heat island mitigation

This publications database is an ongoing project, and not all Division publications are represented here yet.



Wang, Yungang, Ashok J. Gadgil, and Thomas W. Kirchstetter. "Effect of Change in Cookstove Types on Visibility – A Case Study Using the Berkeley-Darfur Stove and Three Stone Fire." In A&WMA International Conference on Aerosol/Atmospheric Optics: Visibility and Air Pollution. Whitefish, MT, 2012.


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