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14 posts from March 2013


Carbon Explorer Overcomes Obstacles

Carbon Explorer floats, developed by ESD’s Jim Bishop to track the processes of the ocean carbon cycle, recently overcame some mishaps (including an incorrect clock setting on one float) to keep on reporting data from the deep.

DSSS: Is Brevity the Soul of Soil Models?

ESD welcomes Eric A. Davidson, Ph.D. (Univ. of Waterloo), who will be presenting "Is Brevity the Soul of Soil Models?" April 5, 2013, at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Nigel Quinn Wins Hugo B. Fischer Award

ESD Website Teaser: ESD’s Nigel Quinn was recently honored with the 2013 Hugo B. Fischer Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to real time data management, decision-support tool development, and hydrology and water quality forecasting.


Cloudy Days: Not Such a Bad Thing

Clouds can both cool the planet, by acting as a shield against the sun, and warm the planet, by trapping heat. But why do clouds behave the way they do? And how will a warming planet affect the cloud cover? ESD’s David Romps has answers.


Good Tobacco: Biofuels of the Future

ESD’s Christer Jansson is featured in a video as a leader in the effort to use tobacco as a sustainable biofuel—as highlighted in the recently concluded annual ARPA-E meeting (and reported on in the March 1 edition of the New York Times).

DSSS: Hydraulic Fracturing: Theory – Reality – Uncertainty

ESD welcomes Maurice Dusseault, Ph.D. (Univ. of Waterloo), presenting "Hydraulic Fracturing: Theory – Reality – Uncertainty" March 15 at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Electric Conductivity Logging for a Deep Artesian Well

The flowing fluid electric conductivity (FFEC) logging method is a well-logging technique used to estimate flow rate, salinity, transmissivity, and the hydraulic head of individual fractures or high-permeability zones intersected by a wellbore.

Dependence of Limber Pine on Summer Soil Moisture

Continued changes in climate are projected to alter the geographic distributions of plant species, in part by affecting where individuals can establish from seed.

Mantle Fluids in the Karakoram Fault

The Karakoram fault (KKF) in Tibet is a 1000 km long strike-slip fault separating the western Himalaya from the Tibetan Plateau.

Groundwater Uranium Plumes at Two DOE Sites

ESD scientists were part of a group that examined subsurface uranium (U) plumes at two U.S. Department of Energy sites (Hanford and Rifle) located near large river systems that are influenced by groundwater–river hydrologic interaction.