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11 posts from May 2013


DSSS: What is the Soil Phenotype?

ESD welcomes John Crawford, Ph.D. (Univ. of Sydney), who will be presenting "What is the Soil Phenotype?" May 24, 2013, at 10:30am in the Bldg. 66 Auditorium.


Moridis on Board of Computers & Geosciences

ESD’s George Moridis was honored by being named to the board of the journal Computers & Geosciences, an Elsevier publication that publishes high impact, original research at the interface between computer sciences and geosciences.


Emergency Go Kit Contest

This year’s Emergency Go Kit Contest allows you to show your resourcefulness and win a cash prize of up to $250.


George Pau Wins Early Career Research Award

ESD Website Teaser: ESD’s George Pau wins a DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program award for his work on “A Multiscale Reduced Order Method for Integrated Earth System Modeling.”


More on Good Tobacco: FOLIUM

As noted in both the L.A. Times and N.Y. Times, ESD’s Christer Jansson hopes to establish tobacco as a platform for production of hydrocarbon fuel that is practically ready to use as a drop-in substitute for petroleum fuels.


A Little Climate Change Means a Lot

ESD’s Charles Koven introduces us to his predictive climate maps, asking us to visualize what will happen by calculating climate analogs (how similar climates are to each other) and how these analogs will shift with global warming.

EBI - Call for Preproposals, Deadline 5/31/13

The 2013 call from the Energy Bioscience Institute (EBI) has been posted on EBI's website ( The deadline for preproposals is May 31, 2013.


Monitoring Vadose Zone Desiccation with Geophysical Methods

A team of investigators including ESD’s John Peterson and ESD Division Director Susan Hubbard recently tested soil desiccation as a potential vadose zone remediation technology.

Soil-Moisture Effects on Soil Temperature Responses to Climate Change in Cold Regions

Permafrost-zone soils contain about 1700 Pg C, and recent research has focused on investigating the potential vulnerability of this carbon to mineralization under climate warming At high latitudes, changes in soil moisture could alter soil temperatures independently of air temperature changes.

Modeling Fault Reactivation and Induced Seismicity

A group of ESD investigators led by Jonny Rutqvist recently conducted numerical simulation studies to assess the potential for injection-induced fault reactivation and notable seismic events associated with shale-gas hydraulic fracturing operations.