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 two user facilities for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science: the Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) site and the ARM Mobile Facility 2 (AMF2).
EVS focuses on five major program areas:
- Land and Renewable Resources
- Ecological Resources and Systems
- Radiation and Chemical Risk Management
- Environmental Security and Restoration
- Atmospheric Science and Climate Research
In addition to these program 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 program 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.