Argonne National Laboratory

Climate Impact Data and Decision Support

The Challenge

Current and projected climate trends make it increasingly difficult to anticipate risk, ensure resiliency, and maintain service to customers.

Whether it be a major storm or gradual change in average temperature, climate affects facilities and operations on many levels, costing providers time, money, and electrical power.

Scientific data tells us these challenges will only grow in complexity. Yet electrical power utilities often don’t have access to the necessary resources to make informed decisions regarding climate impact and risk analysis.

What Argonne Delivers

Argonne has the capabilities and expertise to inform your climate-impact decisions:

  • World-class supercomputing capabilities
    • Enhanced modeling complexity
    • Faster processing time
  • Hyper-localized climate modeling at the kilometer level that incorporates local data such as topography, land cover, and surface water
  • Electrical and infrastructure analysis/modeling
  • Decision science, resilience, and risk analysis
  • Data products designed to align with business and engineering

The Benefits To Providers

By collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory, you gain access to information and expertise that enables you to make informed decisions and improve infrastructure and processes. Examples include:

  • Evaluation of projected extreme heat and precipitation
  • Water temperature and availability implications for power plant operations
  • Peak demand during heat waves for energy forecasting
  • Average temperature projections and the affect these changes will have on:
    • Efficiency of transmission lines
    • Customer demand for power
  • Power plant siting, particularly in relation to rising sea levels, changing hurricane activity, and increased flooding

Better climate data and decision support can help you to increase reliability and avoid outages in the near term, and inform planning to let you take advantage of new business opportunities that arise from a changing climate.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

John Harvey

Tom Wall

Lead Researchers

Tom Wall

  • Infrastructure & Preparedness Analyst
  • Global Security Sciences

Yan Feng

  • Atmospheric and Climate Scientist
  • Environmental Sciences