Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Energy and science above & below the planet's surface

Energy and science above & below the planet's surface

Energy, climate and subsurface science at LLNL originated with the test and monitoring programs in the late 1950's. In those days, atmospheric scientists developed methods for modeling large weather systems, nuclear fallout, and even climate change, while geoscientists worked on Project Plowshare and supported the nuclear testing program. Today, we support the Laboratory's defense, global security, and fundamental science programs by conducting research and development in the following areas:

  • Climate change and its impact on society
  • Atmospheric dispersion and impacts of hazardous airborne releases
  • Computational geosciences for energy and national security applications
  • Seismic Monitoring for Nuclear Nonproliferation
  • Environmental impacts of energy use
  • Fate and transport of subsurface contaminants