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Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES)

Sustainable energy, climate impacts, nuclear threat detection, and environmental management are primary focus areas of earth and environmental science and research.
  • Jim Bossert
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  • Andrew Wolfsberg
  • Deputy Division Leader

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Our strength lies in the ability to integrate data from field and laboratory experiments with modeling and analysis to provide innovative solutions to energy, climate, and national security problems.

Addressing scientific and technical challenges in energy, climate, national and global security

Tree Death Study at SUMO
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What are the exact physiological mechanisms that lead to tree death during prolonged drought and rising temperatures? Researcher Danielle Marias takes photosynthesis data at the SUrvival/MOrtality (SUMO) Study Site. SUMO is a plot of land on the Lab's southern border that features 18 climate-controlled tree study chambers and a large drought structure that limits rain and snowfall.

Earth science capability at Los Alamos was consolidated during the 1970s when subsurface containment of nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site required a detailed understanding of the underlying geology and a prediction of the subsurface reaction to the explosive shock of a nuclear blast.

Tree Death Study's Climate Change Connection

Wild Fire Computer Model Helps Firefighters

Today, research and development programs in the earth and environmental sciences make critical contributions to a new set of national and global security issues, including

  • carbon management
  • climate impacts
  • treaty verification
  • unconventional fossil fuel development

Aerosols Natural Systems Phenomenology
Arctic Processes Non-linear Acoustics
Atmospheric Turbulence Nuclear Weapons Effects
Carbon Management Predictive Modeling
Climate Processes Radiogeochemistry
Decision Support Repository Science
Energy Systems Rock Mechanics
Environmental Restoration Uncertainty Quantification
Field Instrument & Deployments Operations Waste & Geomaterial Characterization
Geographic Information Systems Water Resources
High Performance Computing Wildfire Simulation
Monitoring, Measurement, & Verification  
Computational Earth Science
Developing and applying a range of high performance computational methods, modeling and software tools to solve nationally important problems in the environment, energy, and national security sectors.
Earth System Observations
Working 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.
Providing technical expertise to monitor movement of the Earth’s crust while predicting the effects of these movement events on the environment.

Clean, Sustainable Energy

  • Geologic CO2 Sequestration
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Unconventional Natural Gas
  • Wind Energy

Climate Science

  • Artic Terrestrial Impacts
  • Aerosol and Greenhouse Gas Observations
  • Global Climate Monitoring and Instrument Deployment
  • Vegetation Dynamics

Global Security, Nuclear Threat Reduction

  • Acoustics for Material Integrity Assessments and Medical Diagnostics
  • Nuclear Detonation Detection
  • Nuclear Treaty Support

Repository Science and Environmental Management

  • Flow and Transport Processes in Porous and Fractured Media
  • Natural and Engineered Systems at High Pressure and Temperature

Innovations for a secure nation

Novel rocket design flight tested

Novel rocket design flight tested

The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

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