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Mapping Water Availability in the Western US

The Rio Grande River north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:27+00:00 September 16th, 2014|Capabilities, Climate, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on Mapping Water Availability in the Western US

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

Ice-flow velocity magnitude [m/yr] on the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet, as computed by the Albany/FELIX finite-element code. 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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:36+00:00 May 21st, 2014|Analysis, Capabilities, Climate, Global, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Ice-Sheet Simulation Code Matures, Leveraging Computational Science Software and Expertise

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

Sandia’s Howard Passell. 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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:39+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water Security|Comments Off on Sandian Invited to Speak at “Addressing the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus”

Dakota Version 5.4 Released

From left, Sandia  computer scientists Brian Adams, Jim Stewart, and John Siirola look over the results of a Dakota optimization study. Sandia’s Dakota software delivers advanced parametric analysis techniques enabling design exploration, model calibration, risk analysis, and quantification of margins and uncertainty with computational models. Dakota v5.4 was released November 15, 2013, and [...]

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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:48+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Carbon Capture & Storage, Carbon Storage, Climate, Earth Sciences Research Center, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineering, Water Security|Comments Off on Sandia Participated in the 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference

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

The Rio Grande river is one of the primary freshwater resources for New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. It is subject to international treaty regulation and demands from agriculture, municipalities, and industry. Properly (and sustainably) managing this resource is essential to the survival of a large portion of the southwest. Sandia, the Atlantic [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:51:33+00:00 October 4th, 2013|Climate, Global, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Water Security, Workshops|Comments Off on Sandia, the Atlantic Council, and NM Water Resource Research Institute Sponsor Roundtable on Western Water Scarcity

2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference: The Future of American Energy, Las Cruces, NM, September 18–19

Senator Pete V. Domenici 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference: The Future of American Energy,  Las Cruces, NM, September 18–19 Marianne Walck, Director of Geoscience, Climate and Consequence Effect at Sandia National Laboratories presented on “Hydraulic Fracturing: Role of Government-Sponsored R&D.” Marianne's presentation was part of a session titled “Pros and Cons of Fracking.” The session was moderated [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:49+00:00 October 1st, 2013|Climate, EC, Events, News, News & Events, Seminars & Conferences, Workshops|Comments Off on 2013 Domenici Public Policy Conference: The Future of American Energy, Las Cruces, NM, September 18–19

U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

Lake Powell in May 2007. Note the prominent "bathtub ring" made visible by low water. This phenomenon is among the topics discussed during the interview. (Photo Credit: PRA) 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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:50+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Analysis, Climate, Energy, News, News & Events, Systems Analysis, Water Security|Comments Off on U.S. Cities Quench Growing Thirst with Saltwater

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, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:53+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Analysis, Climate, Global Climate & Energy, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring, Water Security|Comments Off on Climate Change Is the Subject of a New Book

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, [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:55+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Climate, Customers & Partners, Global, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Partnership, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Comments Off on Sierra Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Begin Flights Over Arctic Sea Ice