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Subsurface Science & Technology Group

Subsurface Science & Technology Group

With our expertise across a broad spectrum of the earth sciences, the Subsurface Science and Technology group advances technologies for environmental remediation and subsurface energy systems. We provide integrated solutions for complex subsurface systems, such as carbon sequestration and waste management. Our broad capabilities enable us to analyze for any element on the periodic table—operating both in the field and in the 20+ labs we manage—to solve the nation's most critical environmental and energy challenges.

Our three technical teams include:

  • Characterization & Remediation
  • Interfacial Geochemistry
  • Geophysics & Geomechanics
  • Dust Busters

    Dust Busters

    PNNL researchers are using integrated air dispersion modeling to help foster a safe work environment at for demolition workers at Hanford’s radioactive facilities.

  • Capturing FutureGen 2.0

    Capturing FutureGen 2.0

    Over the last few decades, carbon capture and storage approaches have been developed to capture carbon dioxide and inject it into underground reservoirs. FutureGen 2.0 was a project that aimed to develop these approaches at the industrial scale. Although support for this project ended in 2015, FutureGen 2.0 provided valuable information and tangible results.

  • Two Brains are Better Than One: How the Geothermal Community Upped the Game for Computer Codes

    Two Brains are Better Than One: How the Geothermal Community Upped the Game for Computer Codes

    The purpose of the Geothermal Technologies Office Code Comparison Study is to determine how well the geothermal research community characterizes and models enhanced geothermal systems. The study brought together 11 research institutions to test, compare, improve, and discuss their numerical simulators.

  • Rising Stars of Robotics

    Rising Stars of Robotics

    Some of the brightest young minds in robotics are coming to PNNL—and they're going to build highly advanced robotics systems designed for extremely contaminated areas that pose a high risk of exposure to human workers. Under the new program, Carnegie Mellon University will send graduate students for two-year internships under the guidance of national lab staff.

  • PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    PNNL Software Helps Greenhouse Gases Go Underground

    The Environmental Protection Agency and PNNL have established an agreement to use and customize PNNL-developed software in the evaluation of permits for geological sequestration. Under the agreement, Velo will be used for reporting, data management, and collaboration.

  • PNNL's Qafoku Invited to Serve on Prominent Soil Science Editorial Advisory Board

    PNNL's Qafoku Invited to Serve on Prominent Soil Science Editorial Advisory Board

    The Encyclopedia of Soil Science Editor-in-Chief has invited Nik Qafoku, a scientist in the Geosciences group, to serve on the Editorial Advisor Board for the 3rd edition of the encyclopedia, scheduled to publish in early 2016. The encyclopedia covers all branches of soil science and addresses numerous challenges including soil structure, irrigation, erosion control, and more.

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