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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 [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:03+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Capabilities, Climate, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Research & Capabilities|Comments Off on Study Rebuts Hypothesis That Comet Attacks Ended 13,000-Year-Old Clovis Culture

Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

The Global Trends report is issued every four years and is the intelligence community’s unclassified effort to look decades ahead at global trends to identify security risks with direct or indirect impact to the U.S. The Human Resilience Index and Modeling project provides a set of tools to help explore the links among human ecological conditions [...]

By | 2017-07-25T18:51:10+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Analysis, Capabilities, Climate, Energy, Energy Surety, Facilities, Global, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, News, News & Events, NISAC, Research & Capabilities, Systems Analysis|Comments Off on Results from the Human Resilience Index and Modeling project were reported recently in the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 Report

RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories

Nancy Brune,  a Senior Policy analyst at Sandia National Laboratories and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses security and sustainability with discusses security and sustainability with Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum. Click here to listen to this audio track at the website for the [...]

By | 2016-05-09T14:04:20+00:00 November 7th, 2012|Analysis, Climate, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Infrastructure Security, Modeling, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, NISAC|Comments Off on RESOURCE: Interview with Nancy Brune, Sandia National Laboratories

The Rush to Exploit an Increasingly Ice-Free Arctic

The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy. It’s that time of year again, when we check in to see where the annual Arctic sea ice minimum will end up. We haven’t quite bottomed out at the end of the melt season, yet, but already 2012 has set new records for smallest Arctic sea ice extent and [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:10+00:00 October 17th, 2012|Climate, Earth Sciences Research Center, Global, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Comments Off on The Rush to Exploit an Increasingly Ice-Free Arctic

The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Power generation plants are often located near large sources of fresh water that they use as coolant for the power-generation cycle. This cycle looses efficiency as the ambient temperature rises. A blistering summer this year has brought the energy-water nexus into sharp focus: how much power generation depends on water, and how much [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:11+00:00 October 11th, 2012|Climate, Energy, Global Climate & Energy, Global Climate & Energy, News, News & Events, Nuclear Energy, Water Security|Comments Off on The Energy-Water Nexus, 2012 Edition

Alaskan North Slope Climate: Hard Data from a Hard Place

Sandia National Laboratories station manager Mark Ivey indicates the path of a helium-filled weather balloon as it floats rapidly up from its cradle. The facility is part of DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) climate research program. (Photo: Neal Singer) Mark Ivey—manager for Sandia of the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) climate [...]

By | 2015-05-11T21:01:30+00:00 October 11th, 2012|Analysis, Climate, Global Climate & Energy, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Monitoring, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Sensing, Sensing & Monitoring|Comments Off on Alaskan North Slope Climate: Hard Data from a Hard Place