The Environmental Science Division (EVS) conducts basic and applied research and assessment that seek to understand how natural and human-managed environmental systems function and how system components respond to various perturbations. EVS studies the environmental effects of conventional and renewable energy development and use. We operate the Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) site for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
EVS focuses on five major research areas:
- Climate Science
- Environmental Systems and Technology
- Human Health and Environmental Risk
- Ecosystem Science
- Natural Resource Systems
In addition to these research areas, the Center for Geospatial Analysis brings together over 20 EVS staff and other Argonne researchers who specialize in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial modeling, remote sensing, geospatial statistics, visualization, data management, software development, and cartography.
Under the five research areas, over 100 EVS staff members are organized in teams to drive a high-performance, interdisciplinary organization working on important national issues and activities. Our disciplinary capabilities include atmospheric sciences; groundwater, atmospheric, and air quality modeling; ecology; hydrology; health physics; chemistry; software engineering; database management; environmental engineering; geology; archaeology; economics; law; policy; and geospatial analysis.