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

FY17 CSES Funded Projects

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


  • Director
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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Astrophysics, Cosmology

  • First Science with the HAWK Gamma Ray Experiment
  • Dark Matter Astrophysics
  • New Neutrino Radiation Transport Methods for 3D Breakthrough Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Burst Central Engines
  • Close-in Exoplanets: Origin and Dynamics of Hot Jupiters and Super-Earths
  • Towards a Unitary and Self-Consistent Treatment of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
  • Spectral Variation Studies of Gamma-Ray Bursts


  • Detection of Climate Signals from Millennial Length Ice Core Records
  • Parameterization of Ridges and other Spatial Sea-Ice Properties from Geomathematical Analysis of Recent Observation for Improvement of the Los Alamos Sea Ice Model, CICE
  • Using Experimental Data to Improve Enthalpy-Base Models of Ice-Sheet Ablation Zones
  • Effects of Wintertime Warming on the Arctic Vegetation
  • Real Time Methane Isotope Observation: Attributing Sources from Arctic and Gas Fields
  • Assessing Impacts of Wind Turbines & Wind Farms
  • From Big Whirls to Little Whirls to Viscosity: Understanding the Energetics of Hurricane Dynamics
  • Canopy Carbon Dynamics in a Hotter, Drier Climate


  • Experimental Test of Carbon Monoxide Self-Shielding Model and It’s Implications for the early Solar System’s Oxygen Isotope Evolution
  • Investigating Mass Loading from the Enceladus Plume by Observations and Simulations
  • Wave-Particle Interaction-Radiation Belt
  • Data-Based Model of the Earth's Magnetosphere Magnetic Field


  • Computational Solution of Fluid-Rock Systems and Explosive Volcanism
  • Triggering of Seismic and Aseismic Fault slip: the Role of Fault Zone Properties and Dynamic Stressing
  • Assessment of Geothermal Resources of the Socorro and La Jencia Basins, New Mexico using High Resolution Hydrothermal Models
  • Attenuation Structure of Northeast China and North Korea
  • Discrete Fracture Network Models for Coupled Thermo-Hydrologic-Mechanical
  • A Stochastic-Deterministic Modeling for Induced Seismicity caused by Sub-Surface Fluid Injection