Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center


High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and Earth systems


  • CSES Director
  • Reiner Friedel
  • (505) 665-1936
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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Geophysics focus area supports a breadth of basic research concerning planetary surfaces and interiors, including numerical, experimental, and field studies of the structure, properties, processes, and dynamics of terrestrial and giant planets.

We strongly recommend proposals exploit unique LANL resources [e.g., LANL high-performance computing resources; the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE); geochemical analyses facilities resident in EES and C divisions; and/or sensor technology capabilities resident in C, EES, ISR, and N divisions].

Specific areas of interest

  • New techniques in passive (imaging) or active (e.g., lidar, radar) remote sensing and digital data analysis for the geosciences
  • Elastic strain measured by GPS or InSAR for applications in natural hazards and hydrology
  • Strain localization in geomaterials
  • Earthquake seismology and seismotectonics, including rupture processes, rheology and friction of fault zones, and earthquake clustering
  • Dynamics and elasticity of Earth materials
  • Transient and steady-state behavior in geologic and hydrologic processes, including multi-phase fluid flow in porous and fractured media
  • Exploiting low-temperature thermal evolution of geomaterials or effects of ionizing radiation on geomaterials
  • Dynamic interactions between climate, tectonics, and surface processes, including mechanics of erosion, biogeochemistry of permafrost thaw, and ecological feedbacks to climate change on all time and space scales.
  • Ice-field fracturing and the role ice fracturing plays in ice-field melt

Continuing IGPP interests

  • Planetary interiors
  • Planetary tectonics
  • Earth's interior--composition and state, and rheology of crust, lithosphere, and mantle
  • Geomagnetism and electromagnetics
  • Dynamics of lithosphere and mantle
  • Tomography
  • Heat generation and transport