Arctic Sciences 2019-12-04T19:44:16+00:00

Arctic Sciences

Changing weather impacts energy consumption, security, and infrastructure. Reliable earth system and atmospheric models—based on comprehensive measurements—can be used to anticipate energy consumption demands, security concerns, and infrastructure risks. Particularly in the challenging Arctic environment where climate changes have worldwide impact, Sandia applies science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.


The ability to collect data in this rapidly changing region has become a key enabling capability for research, forecasting, and regional and national planning. Atmospheric measurements collect data for predicting the weather, monitoring severe weather, and improving climate models.


Informed policy and decision-making related to the Artic requires better understanding of this complex region. Achieving this understanding depends on not only increasing the amount of data available for analysis, but also improving existing earth system models—efforts that call for a coordination across multiple disciplines.

Proposed Arctic Science Facilities

Accelerating the effort to advance U.S. knowledge and monitoring in the Arctic—made possible by multi-stakeholder collaborations and a network of Arctic stations—is needed to enhance environmental stewardship, security, and sustained economic opportunity.

Arctic Research & Development Investments

Minimizing global security risks and implementing adaptions to climate impacts in the Arctic requires discovery science, technology, and climate data that bring better awareness and understanding of the hazards to Arctic communities and their infrastructure.