The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division is the intellectual home of Earth, atmosphere, hydrology, and ecology disciplines at the Laboratory.

    We provide multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems in climate and environmental change, sustainable energy, nuclear, and global security.

    Our innovative solutions harness theoretical, experimental and computational expertise empowered by world-class technology. Multidisciplinary approaches elucidate Earth system dynamics and support sustainable energy, nuclear and global security.    


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    Our researchers investigate carbon-neutral energy, detection of nuclear threats, and ecological, hydrological, climate, and atmospheric impacts.

    We combine theoretical, experimental and computational expertise with world-class technology to:

    • Develop and apply AI and machine learning methods and analytics
    • Provide advanced seismic imaging
    • Model and predict subsurface movement
    • Reveal climate change drivers and ecosystem impacts
    • Predict wild land and urban fires
    • Characterize and model subsurface fluid flow and geochemistry
    • Evaluate materials using nonlinear acoustic techniques
    • Provide carbon-neutral energy solutions
    • Improve geothermal and oil/gas energy production
    • Investigate and design geological storage of carbon dioxide and spent fuel
    • Understand nuclear and rare materials
    • Model, detect and predict underground explosions and nuclear threats
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      Research Directions

      Innovative, Interdisciplinary Research: Our interdisciplinary groups’ research comprises Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences to better understand and predict climate change’s impact on ecosystems and to study subsurface geological materials and their interactions. We develop and apply a range of high-performance computational methods and software tools in support of environmental health, cleaner energy and national security. We also conduct research using a wide range of geophysical techniques to evaluate near-surface phenomena relevant to critical national and energy security applications.

    • Primary Expertise

      Our diverse researchers from all over the world are experts in atmospheric and computational sciences, ecology, engineering, all fields of geology (chemistry, physics, materials), hydrology and global field research deployments. Multidisciplinary approaches elucidate Earth system dynamics and support climate science, sustainable energy, nuclear and global security.

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    Contact Us

    EES Division Office