Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Facilities and capabilities that make a difference in our world

Facilities and capabilities that make a difference in our world

National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center  (NARAC)

Contact:   Gayle Sugiyama
NARAC provides tools and services to the Federal Government, that map the probable spread of hazardous material accidentally or intentionally released into the atmosphere. NARAC provides atmospheric plume predictions in time for an emergency manager to decide if taking protective action is necessary to protect the health and safety of people in affected areas. NARAC is a national support and resource center for planning, real-time assessment, emergency response, and detailed studies of incidents involving a wide variety of hazards, including nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, and natural emissions.

Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison  (PCMDI)

Contact:   Karl Taylor
The PCMDI mission is to develop improved methods and tools for the diagnosis and intercomparison of general circulation models (GCMs) that simulate the global climate. The need for innovative analysis of GCM climate simulations is apparent, as increasingly more complex models are developed, while the disagreements among these simulations and relative to climate observations remain significant and poorly understood. The nature and causes of these disagreements must be accounted for in a systematic fashion in order to confidently use GCMs for simulation of putative global climate change. We are primarily funded by the Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM)  Program and the Atmospheric System Research  (ASR) Program of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division  of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER)  program.

Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry  (CAMS)

Contact:   Nanette Sorensen
CAMS is a signature facility of LLNL that uses diverse analytical techniques and state of the art instrumentation, to develop and apply unique, ultra-sensitive isotope ratio measurement and ion beam analytical techniques to address a broad spectrum of scientific needs important to the Laboratory and the nation. CAMS hosts a 10-MV FN tandem Van de Graaff accelerator, a NEC 1-MV tandem accelerator and a soon to be commissioned 250KV single stage AMS deck to perform up to 25,000 AMS measurement per year, as well as a a NEC 1.7-MV tandem accelerator for ion beam analysis and microscopy. CAMS activities have broad ranging scientific impact while contributing to LLNL mission needs.