Energy and Climate

Global Climate & Energy

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 […]

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 […]

Climate Change Is the Subject of a New Book

A new book, Assessment of Climate Change in the South­west United States (published by Island Press), was released in May 2013. Vince Tidwell (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) was the lead contributing author for the chapter on “Energy Impacts.” According to the press release, “the book blends the contributions of 120 experts in climate science, economics, […]

Implemented “Vertically Lagrangian” Option in the Community Atmosphere Model

The Community Earth System Model (CESM) is a state-of-the-art global climate model being developed with the support of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy and used for climate-change science and assessments. Sandia has been leading a multilaboratory effort to develop a new “dynamical core” for CESM’s atmospheric component. This new dynamical core […]

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