Clean Energy


Earth and Aquatic Sciences

Create and apply new knowledge across multiple scales to aid decision makers on the stewardship of air, water and land resources.

Many factors affect the fate, transport and transformation of metal and radionuclide contaminants found on DOE lands. A fundamental understanding of environmental inorganic and biological interactions is needed for deriving practical solutions to management of DOE lands. ORNL applies molecular to field-scale chemistry, hydrology and microbiology expertise, together with neutron scattering, nano-materials sciences facilities, computing resources and comprehensive models in  environmental remediation sciences research. Multiple research projects are carried out with aims of improving the scientific understanding of contaminant behaviors in diverse environments, including the atmosphere, subsurface and stream sediment-water interfaces and aquatic ecosystems.

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