Earth, Space Sciences
National security depends on science and technology. The United States relies on Los Alamos National Laboratory for the best of both. No place on Earth pursues a broader array of world-class scientific endeavors.
Earth and space sciences span from the Earth’s core, to the Sun’s atmosphere, to stellar explosions at the infancy of our universe.
Our research and development programs support each of the Lab’s three missions: ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reducing global threats; and solving emerging national security challenges, especially in energy security. This capability has elements spread across the Laboratory.
By conjoining basic research and weapons program needs in the earth and space sciences, our research has expanded rapidly.
Today, we continue to address our original missions but also apply our capabilities to a wide range of national and energy security issues, from assessing the safety of underground carbon dioxide sequestration sites to monitoring and analyzing human and natural activities and processes from space.
- Atmospheric science
- Carbon management
- Climate processes
- Computational science
- Energy systems analysis
- Environmental science
- Environmental transport
- Monitoring, measurement, verification
- Nuclear weapons effects
- Predictive modeling
- Repository science
- Waste characterization
- Water resources
The Los Alamos focus in this area began in 1963 with the Laboratory support for verification of the Limited Test Ban Treaty and to ensure the containment of nuclear tests. It had the additional goal of enhancing U.S. capability in the broader arena of nuclear threat detection.