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03/30/2015

Simulating the Impact of Shale Gas on Groundwater

A team of ESD scientists used numerical simulation to investigate potential gas and water transport between a tight-gas reservoir and an overlying fresh-water aquifer following hydraulic fracturing operations.

Holm Paper Receives DOE Recognition

ESD’s Jennifer Holm and others recently published a paper (in Biogeosciences) that was noted in a post this week (March 25) on the home page of the DOE Office of Science website.

03/18/2015

Magnitude of Permafrost Carbon−Climate Feedback

ESD climate scientists Charlie Koven and Bill Riley have recently developed the mechanistic basis for permafrost carbon-climate feedback within a land surface model, CLM4.5, the terrestrial component of the CESM Earth system model.

TOUGH Symposium 2015—9/28-9/30

ESD is once again pleased to host the TOUGH Symposium—this year specifically “TOUGH Symposium 2015”—taking place this fall, September 28-30, at Berkeley Lab

03/17/2015

California Fogs Are Thinning

Commenting on recent research indicating that California fog is thinning, ESD climate scientist Travis O’Brien noted that it's “the first definitive look at how fog might change for a specific coastal region.”

03/09/2015

DSSS: Professor S. Julio Friedmann

ESD welcomes Dr. S. Julio Friedmann (Office of Fossil Energy at DOE), presenting "DSSS: Future of Fossil Energy in a Carbon Constrained World" March 17, 2015 at 1:30pm in the B50 Auditorium.

Highly Reactive Light-Dependent Amazonian Monoterpenes

Climate scientists including ESD’s Kolby Jardine and Jeff Chambers recently discovered highly reactive monoterpenes, light-dependent emissions from tropical leaves that assist photosynthesis in times of environmental stress.

03/06/2015

New Level of Earthquake Understanding

Berkeley Lab is reporting the successful study of stress fields along the San Andreas fault at the microscopic scale, the scale at which earthquake-triggering stresses originate.

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production

Berkeley Lab Physical Biosciences Division has found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast without the need of environmentally harsh pre-treatments or expensive enzyme cocktails.

Why Do Geysers Erupt? Plumbing!

A scientific team led by ESD’s Michael Manga has gained striking new insights into the basic mechanics of geysers by placing surveillance cameras inside them and building a model of their plumbing.