Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Earth System Observations

Research comprises Earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences to better understand and predict climate change’s impact on ecosystems and to study subsurface geological materials and their interactions.

  • Deploying research facilities globally

  • Forecasting forests’ responses to climate change

  • Monitoring terrestrial ecosystems

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  • Bob Roback
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  • Deputy Group Leader (Acting)
  • Jeff Heikoop
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Investigating carbon cycles, climate change drivers, and geological processes

Earth System Observations (EES-14) works broadly across the traditional fields of geology, ecology, and atmospheric sciences, with an emphasis on experimental and observational sciences, often coupled to the development and improvement of predictive modeling.

Research directions

  • Climate change and impacts to ecosystems, landscapes, and hydrology
  • Geological carbon capture, use and storage
  • Radionuclide flow and transport, and material behavior at geologic conditions
  • Waste forms and used nuclear fuel disposition
Primary Expertise
  • Atmospheric, climate, and ecosystem science
  • Geology, geochemistry, and geomaterials
  • International field instrument deployments and operations
  • Radio-geochemistry
Recent Major Projects
  • Actinide environmental chemistry
  • Advancing nuclear fuels
  • Cleaner, greener, and more efficient biofuels and hydrocarbon resources, extraction
  • Climate and atmospheric research: many global research campaigns
  • Climate change and its effects on forest systems
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty support and field exercises
  • Contamination fate and transport and environmental remediation
  • Determining and detecting signatures of underground nuclear testing, forensics
  • Multiphase subsurface fluid flow research
  • New approaches to carbon capture: utilization and storage
  • Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment: examines Arctic permafrost degradation
  • Radiologic waste disposal and repository science
Teams
TeamTeam Leader
Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystem Science Cathy Wilson
Field Instrument Deployments and Operations (FIDO) Kim Nitschke
Geology, Geochemistry, and Geomaterials Research Jeff Heikoop
Radionuclide Geochemistry Bob Roback

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