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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

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

New DOE Office of Science/BER Water Cycle Report

The DOE Office of Science/Biological and Envi­ronmental Research (BER) just released a new report: “Community Modeling and Long-Term Predic­tions of the Integrated Water Cycle.” Vince Tidwell (Earth Systems Analysis Dept.) co-led the chapter on “Use-Inspired Water Cycle Research.” The report is based on a workshop that served “as a launching point and major organizing event [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:48:57+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Climate, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on New DOE Office of Science/BER Water Cycle Report

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous [...]

By | 2016-12-02T18:49:05+00:00 February 20th, 2013|Advanced Materials Laboratory, Energy Efficiency, Facilities, Global Climate & Energy, Materials Science, Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, Partnership, Research & Capabilities, Water Security|Comments Off on ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

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

Water Not So “Squishy” Under Pressure

When squeezed to pressures and temperatures like those inside giant planets, water molecules are less squeezable than anticipated, defying a set of decades-old equations used to describe watery behavior over a range of conditions. Studying how molecules behave in such environments will help scientists better understand the formation and composition of ice giants [...]

By | 2019-11-27T15:35:23+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Modeling, Modeling & Analysis, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Water Security|Comments Off on Water Not So “Squishy” Under Pressure