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Environmental Sustainability Division

About ESSD

What We Do

We tackle complex, environmentally-related challenges to advance scientific understanding and improve technologies, systems, and regulatory processes using empowered staff, advanced computational tools and platforms, and well-equipped laboratories and field sites.


To transform energy and natural resource systems to be sustainable and resilient.


To create an environmentally sustainable world based on science, technology, economics, and social needs.

Strategic Thrusts

  • Control of Subsurface Systems

    Control of Subsurface Systems

    Deploy our geochemistry, geology, hydrology, microbiology, and computational expertise to enable technology innovation for sustainable energy development while addressing environmental remediation, waste disposal, and carbon sequestration changes.

  • Sustainable Hydropower

    Sustainable Hydropower

    Grow the engineering, ecology, hydrology, and computational expertise to develop decision-making tools and to enable technology innovation for development of new, sustainable hydropower and certification of existing hydropower.

  • Decisions Support for Climate-Ecosystem Impacts

    Decision Support for Climate-Ecosystem Impacts

    Build the science, environmental knowledge, decision-making tools, and computational expertise needed to deploy geospatial and other decision analysis tools to identify options for adapting to climate change.

Diana Shankle

Diana Shankle is the Acting Division Director of Earth Systems Science, overseeing approximately 250 staff. As the Risk & Decision Sciences technical group manager, her focus has been in technology deployment, market research, survey design, staff engagement and program evaluation. View her full biography.

Diana Shankle

Illustrative example of technical group functions and interdependency Risk and Decision Sciences Environmental Assessment Engeneering Subsurface Science & Technology Group Hydrology Ecology

Earth Systems Science External

ESSD Capabilities

ESSD Technical Groups

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