Arctic Research & Development Investments 2018-10-01T15:20:35+00:00

Arctic Research & Development Investments

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.

What We Do

Laboratory Directed Research and Development offers Sandia’s scientists and engineers the opportunity to identify and pursue innovative solutions to our most challenging national security problems.

Sandia’s R&D capabilities have been identified as relevant to many challenging security issues in the Arctic:

  • Novel or improved sensors, sensor systems, materials, and techniques for environmental, chemical, and biological hazard preparedness that suit the environment and user needs in the Arctic
  • New approaches for integrating domain awareness and predictive modeling to address Arctic security
  • More accurate predictions of Arctic system conditions through enhanced physical models and improved understanding of Arctic sea ice, terrestrial ice, permafrost, ocean, and atmosphere
  • The ability to design infrastructure for the melting permafrost environment, specifically the development of robust, mobile energy systems for extreme cold conditions

For early stage research and development specific to the Arctic, contact Lori Parrot.

Current research is probing the microfabrication of tiny crystalline silicon solar cells (nicknamed “solar glitter”). These solar cells offer potential improvements over larger solar panels, including better performance, higher efficiency, and a significant reduction in the manufacturing and installation costs incurred by current photovoltaic techniques.

Research and development projects such as solar glitter and miniSAR hold impact for energy and national security efforts.

We work with other government agencies, industry, and academic institutions to accomplish our national security missions. Learn more about working with Sandia.