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Through its diverse portfolio, including its system of laboratory and university programs, DOE promotes interdisciplinary research and the integration of basic and applied science.
DOE research seeks to understand basic chemical, physical, and biological processes of the earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans. It studies how these processes may affect and be affected by energy production and use. DOE also supports research to develop cleanup technologies to help remediate and restore the nation’s nuclear weapons production sites. The comprehensive program aims to integrate a range of fundamental scientific disciplines to make this emerging technology useful and cost-effective.