Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Subsurface Energy

Mastering the subsurface has been central to the Los Alamos mission for over sixty years.

Contacts  

  • Program Manager
  • George Guthrie
  • (505) 667-2996
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  • Proposal Program Manager
  • Fawn Gore
  • (505) 665-0899
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  • Office Administrator
  • Crystal Gallegos
  • (505) 665-4595
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Subsurface Energy

Subsurface Energy

Mastering the subsurface has been central to the Los Alamos mission for over sixty years.  From understanding the subsurface for containment and monitoring of our own underground testing through the mid-90s, to more recent efforts in monitoring and assessing seismic events for treaty verification, LANL has developed extensive capabilities for understanding the subsurface. 

 LANL developed unique monitoring and diagnostic tools, predictive models of rock behavior, and simulators that can predict the complex couplings between fluid flow, chemical reactions, and mechanical deformation. This capability in science-based prediction reflects LANL’s history of harnessing supercomputers to build confidence in decisions.  LANL has adapted these core capabilities for challenges related to subsurface energy challenges.  

 Currently, Los Alamos is leading efforts to develop innovative approaches to image the state of stress in reservoirs which is key to predicting hydraulic fracturing characteristics and earthquake hazards.  LANL is also developing high performance computing tools and fundamental science to understand what limits the production of oil and gas production and how the subsurface can be manipulated for more efficient and effective recovery of resources. 

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