Energy and Climate


Mapping Water Availability in the Western US

In the majority of western US regions, freshwater availability is a challenging factor for developing new power plants. In some basins, surface and/or groundwater may be available through permitting with the state water-management agency, alternatively water might be purchased and transferred out of its current use to another, or nontraditional water sources can be captured […]

Sandian Invited to Speak at “Addressing the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus”

Howard Passell (in Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) was invited to provide an opening introduction at the February 11th event, “Addressing the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus,” organized by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, Energy and Environment Program and the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security in Washington, D.C. Howard’s talk was entitled “Opening Remarks: […]

Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

Marianne Walck, Director of Sandia’s Geoscience, Climate, and Consequence Effects Center, spoke on “Hydraulic Fracturing: The Role of Government-Sponsored R&D” as part of a session on “The Future of American Energy” at the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference, held in Las Cruces, New Mexico on September 18–19. Her presentation was part of a session titled “Pros […]

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM Water Resource Research Institute Sponsor Roundtable on Western Water Scarcity

Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM WRRI presented “Transformational Solutions for Water in the West,” September 5th at the UNM Student Union Building. More than two hundred participants examined the projected gap between western U.S. water supply and demand and explored potential “transformational” solutions from the perspectives of technology and policy (or both) and discussed […]

U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

On September 17, 2013, in Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water

Ira Flatow interviewed Sandia’s Michael Hightower (Military and Energy Systems Analysis Dept.) for NPR’s “Science Friday,” which aired on September 13th. The program discussed the challenges associated with diminishing fresh water resources, particularly in the west. As reservoirs disappear and wells run dry, cities around the U.S. are turning to saltwater to meet their water […]

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