Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
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High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and Earth systems


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  • Reiner Friedel
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  • Melissa Martinez
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CSES is pleased to announce two new Focus Area Leads for the Focus Areas of Geophysics and Earth Systems:

Char Rowe (EES-17), Focus Lead for Geophysics

Char is a highly successful member of LANL’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Geophysics Group, where she supports the Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection team. She is an internationally recognized expert in volcano seismology and part of an international Joint Task Force that is exploring the use of special underwater telecommunications cables to gather seismic data. She has taken over as CSES Focus Lead for Geophysics from David Coblentz effective December 03, 2018.

Sanna Sevanto (EES-14), Focus Lead for Earth Systems

Sanna is a very active member of LANL’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Earth Systems Observation Group where she is Team lead for the Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystem Science Team where she oversees the development and application of experimental techniques and numerical models to a range of atmospheric and ecosystem phenomena affecting climate and environmental changes. She takes over as CSES Focus Lead for Earth Systems from Keeley Costigan effective February 4, 2019.

Please join me in welcoming Char and Sanna to their new roles in CSES!

These new Focus Leads are part of a normal rotation of Focus Leads that CSES intends to perform about every three years. The intent here is to expose more LANL folk to entry level management jobs and the strategic thinking that comes with the Focus Lead position, and to inject new thinking and new ideas to the Center’s Focused Science Topics that form the basis for the CSES Call for Proposals.

Many thanks to David and Keeley for their contributions to making CSES a successful center! Both David and Keeley will join the newly formed CSES internal advisory committee and will continue to help guide CSES in the next few years.

FY 18

Emerging Ideas Round 3 selections

CSES is pleased to announce the Round 3 selections for the Emerging Ideas program.

CSES considered twelve Round 2 proposals and three deferred proposals from Round 1, and was able to select the following seven new proposals.

Emerging Ideas R&D

  • Earth Systems: Plant Acclimation to Warming Climate – Sanna Sevanto, EES-14
  • Astro: Autonomic MHD for the Turbulent Magnetized Plasmas in Astrophysics - Chengkun Huang, T-5
  • Earth Systems: Can Chaos theory help us better model wildland fires? - Alexandra Jonko, EES-16
  • Astro: Fundamental Physics with HAWC: TeV Gamma-Rays from Extragalactic Sources, Emil Mottola, T-2
  • Space: Engagement in LunaH-Map Mini-NS Detector Calibration, Katherine Mesick, ISR-1

Emerging Ideas PD

  • Geo: Exploring Local Earthquake Detection and Location Using a Seismic Array in Lieu of a Network, Charlotte Rowe, EES-17
  • Geo/Space: The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument, Patrick Gasda, ISR-2

Emerging Ideas Round 3 process (Round 3 is closed)

While the CSES budget for the Emerging Ideas program is exhausted at this point, past experience has shown that additional funding from other areas that are under-running often becomes available in the May/June timeframe.

CSES continues to invite Emerging Ideas proposals for an anticipated Round 3 selection in June 2018.

Only three month duration proposals will be considered for Round 3.

Four deferred proposals from Round 2 and all new proposals received by June 8, 2018 will be considered for the Round 3 selections, budget allowing.

Round 3 proposal starts are planned for July 2, 2018 and all work must be completed by the end of FY18.