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Sandia Co-Hosts “Climate Risk Forum: Bridging Climate Science and Actuarial Practice”

This Fall event was a follow-up to a Climate and Environment Program Area meeting with the California governor’s office in July. There, the California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, recognized the value of Sandia’s climate-impact modeling and analysis work, led by Stephen Conrad (manager of Sandia’s Resilience and Regulatory Effects Dept.), and wanted to connect that […]

Ice-Sheet Simulation Code Matures, Leveraging Computational Science Software and Expertise

Sandia’s Albany/FELIX dynamical core for ice sheet simulations continues to mature rapidly. This code is being developed as both a stand-alone model for scientific investigations and as the land ice component of coupled climate simulations in DOE’s Earth System Model. The land ice component is responsible for simulating the evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic […]

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 […]

Sierra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Begin Flights Over Arctic Sea Ice

On July 16th, the Sierra, a unique unmanned aerial system (UAS) operated by the NASA Ames Research Center in northern California (learn more), began flights over the Arctic sea ice as part of the MIZOPEX (Marginal Ice Zone Observations and Processes Experiment) mission. MIZOPEX is an intensive observing campaign that will characterize the ocean surface, […]

Study Rebuts Hypothesis That Comet Attacks Ended 13,000-Year-Old Clovis Culture

Rebutting a speculative hypothesis that comet explosions changed Earth’s climate sufficiently to end the Clovis culture in North America about 13,000 years ago, Sandia lead author Mark Boslough (Discrete Mathematics & Complex Systems Dept.) and researchers from 14 academic institutions assert that other explanations must be found for the apparent disappearance. “There’s no plausible mechanism to […]

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