Mastering the subsurface
Mastering the subsurface has been central to the Los Alamos mission for over sixty years. From understanding the subsurface for containment and monitoring of our own underground testing through the mid-90s, to more recent efforts in monitoring and assessing seismic events for treaty verification, LANL has developed extensive capabilities for understanding the subsurface.
Science based prediction
The Lab developed unique monitoring and diagnostic tools, predictive models of rock behavior, and simulators that can predict the complex couplings between fluid flow, chemical reactions, and mechanical deformation. This capability in science-based prediction reflects Los Alamos’ history of harnessing supercomputers to build confidence in decisions. The Lab has adapted these core capabilities for challenges related to subsurface energy challenges.
The Lab is also developing high performance computing tools and fundamental science to understand what limits the production of oil and gas production and how the subsurface can be manipulated for more efficient and effective recovery of resources.
NRAP National Risk Assessment Partnership