Climate & Earth Systems

A sustainable future requires understanding and ensuring that the Earth system supports both stationary and transportation energy systems while mitigating the impact these energy systems have on the Earth. Sandia is focused on three primary R&D areas that are aligned with the DOE’s emerging crosscutting program initiatives:

Climate Measurement & Modeling

Climate models can inform national and state policy development and may be used to dynamically manage the mitigation of climate change, climate engineering and adaptation of infrastructure and management of basic environmental resources.


Reducing environmental impacts of fossil fuel production and use.

Water/Energy Nexus

Water and energy availability are interdependent in the infrastructure that currently supports and sustains our society.

Climate Measurement & Modeling

Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project


ACME is an unprecedented collaboration among eight national laboratories and six partner institutions to develop and apply the most complete, leading-edge climate and Earth system models to challenging and demanding climate-change research imperatives.

Energy/Water Nexus

Water and energy availability are interdependent in the infrastructure that currently supports and sustains our society. It is essential that the nation understands and reduces the interdependence while ensuring sufficient energy or water is available for development of the other resource.

Research Spotlight


The Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES) is pursuing scientific understanding of multiscale, multiphysics processes to ensure safe and economically feasible storage of carbon dioxide and other byproducts of energy production without harming the environment.

TEDxABQ Video: Mankind can bet on global warming — and win

Mark Boslough is a physicist, member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, adjunct professor at University of New Mexico, and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Asteroid 73520 Boslough was named after him.

Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy

ACME is an unprecedented collaboration among seven National Laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four academic institutions and one private-sector company to develop and apply the most complete leading-edge climate and Earth system models to the most challenging and demanding climate change research imperatives.

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  • PV Performance Modeling Workshop May 1, 2013
  • Transformational Solutions for Water in the West Workshop September 5, 2013
  • National Innovation Summit & Showcase June 14, 2015

Subsurface Technology & Engineering Research (SubTER) Internship Opportunities

Sandia National Laboratories will offer a Subsurface Technology & Engineering Research (SubTER) oriented summer internship mid-May through early August 2016 and focus on subjects including geophysical data processing, tomographic imaging, automatic picking, and ambient seismic [...]

Visit us at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Booth#1211 | Dec 14-18th

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Now in its 48th year, AGU Fall Meeting is the best place to present your research; hear about the latest [...]

Sandians Recognized in Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Paper Competition

A paper by Vince Tidwell, Barbie Moreland, and Katie Zemlick (all currently in or formerly members of Sandia’s Earth Systems Analysis Dept.), “Geographic footprint of electricity use for water services in the western US,” was [...]

Sandia, UNM Form Alliance to Promote Research, Recruiting

By signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Strategic Alliance, then Sandia President and Director Paul Hommert and University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah expanded our institutions’ commitment to work together to help [...]