Climate Science Research

at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Applying expertise in climate modeling, analysis, sensitivity, and impact to address critical national needs

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers excel at studying and modeling the climate system, assessing the resilience of critical national security infrastructure to climate change, and developing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Climate research at LLNL combines high-performance computing algorithms, software, and hardware with expertise in fundamental sciences such as meteorology, climatology, applied mathematics, and computational science, with the aim of understanding and predicting how the Earth’s systems evolve on time scales from a few years to several centuries, and how those changes will impact society.

Climate security—and by extension, climate modeling—is one facet of LLNL’s mission, due to the compelling need to understand the economic and societal impacts of extreme weather events and changing climatic patterns.

Research focus areas

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Climate modeling

Corroborating, validating, and continually improving the fidelity and predictive capability of climate simulations and their underlying models

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Climate resilience

Delivering timely, accurate, and actionable climate impact data to respond to ongoing challenges and mitigate against future destructive changes

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At LLNL, climate researchers use world-class capabilities and powerful computing resources as they tackle complex climate challenges.

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