Our 2025 Vision
PNNL researchers have achieved an integrated modeling framework capturing complex Earth systems from molecular to global scales. The laboratory's advanced simulation tools equip decision makers to foresee and prepare for major environmental changes and avoid their worst impacts.
PNNL’s earth science research seeks to understand earth system in all of its complexity and with all interrelationships. Our research spans all scales – from the oceans to the land surface to the atmosphere, across scales from the molecular to the planetary, and from field research to laboratory analysis and simulation. An integrated research framework that we are developing aims to measure, test, and model ecosystem processes across the atmosphere-land-water continuum, placing emphasis on terrestrial aquatic interfaces. These areas where land and water meet are among the most dynamic parts of the Earth system and are likewise among the least well understood. Gaining deeper knowledge of these areas will reveal important insights into the climate system.
A central part of this initiative is the establishment of two unique research partnerships. The System for Terrestrial-Aquatic Research (STAR) is a distributed observation and analytics network with integrated computational tools. With a coupled network of field research sites and high-performance computers, we can improve the predictive power of Earth system models and evaluate their performance using data streams from the STAR network of field sites.
A second research network, the Coastal Observation & Research Partnership (CORP), seeks to create a test bed for technologies and data systems that will measure environmental stresses and responses in terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems. Together, CORP and the STAR system will provide a valuable set of tools allowing decision makers to understand and anticipate environmental changes. It will also offer field-tested technologies for response strategies.
We are excited to work with leading research institutions who share our focus in understanding and anticipating the dynamics of major environmental changes, including Oregon State University, the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the University of Maryland
Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory
The Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory, previously known as the Marine Sciences Laboratory, at PNNL-Sequim is a critical asset in research on the role of terrestrial aquatic ecosystems in Earth System dynamics.